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Old 09-12-2007, 02:16 PM
 
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I recently moved from Miami to Chicago in July and as of yesterday when it started gettin chilly, I've started to mind what I'm going to be needing for winter when it comes to clothes.

Some bio stats for me is 5'4 male, 125 pounds, 24 yrs old........................

I want to know whether i should purchase a down parka, jacket, etc. thermal gear.....winter boots....what do you all suggest I buy to keep up with the harsh winter weather.....I'm thinking of buying it online but if theres is a cheap place here in Chicago I can purchase everything I'll need I would appreaciate all your suggestions....but for the moment I'm just lost as to what I really need....the essentials and also supplementary gear....what is it that Chicagoans have in their winter closet???
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Old 09-12-2007, 02:48 PM
 
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in general, if youve never had a winter wardrobe, youll want

sweaters
heavy jacket
gloves
hat
scarf
you may want boots so you dont mess up your good shoes
if you think you'll be outside for a long time, maybe long underwear

some sort of intermediate jacket/fleece comes in handy for these spring/fall transition months. you dont want to be wearing a heavy parka when its 55 out, but you'll probably want something.

i will say i like lands end for their jackets/parkas, and their prices are very reasonable for the quality.
Men's Clothing > Outerwear - Lands' End (http://www.landsend.com/cd/index/fp/0,,62,00.html - broken link)
the squall parka is prob a good bet
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Old 09-12-2007, 03:40 PM
 
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Never underestimate the power of long underwear, especially the bottom half where there are fewer realistic "layering" opportunities than there are for the top half of your body. Bundling up to the hilt is only so effective when a biting wind rips right through that single layer of fabric over your legs. Another layer beneath your pants can make a big difference.
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Old 09-12-2007, 06:50 PM
 
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Also, I would get a long down coat (i.e., below the butt). It gets really cold. Also, this goes without saying, but several good thick sets of gloves, hat, and scarf. As they suggested, long underwear, good thick socks. I would also get some boots (to wear too and from work in the snow). And the other basic....lots of sweaters, thick pants, etc
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Old 09-12-2007, 07:33 PM
 
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I recently moved from Miami to Chicago in July and as of yesterday when it started gettin chilly, I've started to mind what I'm going to be needing for winter when it comes to clothes.

Some bio stats for me is 5'4 male, 125 pounds, 24 yrs old........................

I want to know whether i should purchase a down parka, jacket, etc. thermal gear.....winter boots....what do you all suggest I buy to keep up with the harsh winter weather.....I'm thinking of buying it online but if theres is a cheap place here in Chicago I can purchase everything I'll need I would appreaciate all your suggestions....but for the moment I'm just lost as to what I really need....the essentials and also supplementary gear....what is it that Chicagoans have in their winter closet???

Jeeez good thing you moved to Chicago... We need to fatten you up boy, put some meat on those bones, LOL!!! And Chicago is just the place for that! Home of the fatties! j/k

But on a serious note, I have always had good luck with North Face products, Abercrombie coats surprisingly as they are super heavy, leather coats from Wilsons that are made of pig skin because pig is much heavier, and Timberland insulated boots. Also, just learn to dress in layers, ie.; T-shirt, then sweater, then coat. That way if you get into a hot store or if the weather suddenly changes, which it does here all the time, you can just take something off instead of sweating your go nads off.
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Old 09-12-2007, 09:01 PM
 
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1. Northface Coat (preferable the 3/4 parka with the fur hood... that fur helps...)
2. some Thermals (top and bottoms)
3. Some thinsulate gloves
4. Thick socks
5. A pair of some good timberlands....

I am not in Chicago yet... but once I'm there in Feb.. thats what I am coming equipped with!




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I recently moved from Miami to Chicago in July and as of yesterday when it started gettin chilly, I've started to mind what I'm going to be needing for winter when it comes to clothes.

Some bio stats for me is 5'4 male, 125 pounds, 24 yrs old........................

I want to know whether i should purchase a down parka, jacket, etc. thermal gear.....winter boots....what do you all suggest I buy to keep up with the harsh winter weather.....I'm thinking of buying it online but if theres is a cheap place here in Chicago I can purchase everything I'll need I would appreaciate all your suggestions....but for the moment I'm just lost as to what I really need....the essentials and also supplementary gear....what is it that Chicagoans have in their winter closet???
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Old 09-12-2007, 09:20 PM
 
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1. Northface Coat (preferable the 3/4 parka with the fur hood... that fur helps...)
2. some Thermals (top and bottoms)
3. Some thinsulate gloves
4. Thick socks
5. A pair of some good timberlands....

I am not in Chicago yet... but once I'm there in Feb.. thats what I am coming equipped with!
And you can leave the umbrella behind!!!
YouTube - Umbrella blizzard LOL! AH, isn't it fun living here? And I love what the guy says at the very end of the video.
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Old 09-12-2007, 09:22 PM
 
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and tell me why I moved here again... LOL>... CLASSIC! I'm going to be saying the same thing

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And you can leave the umbrella behind!!!
YouTube - Umbrella blizzard LOL! AH, isn't it fun living here? And I love what the guy says at the very end of the video.
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Old 09-12-2007, 10:18 PM
 
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Layers, baby. I do the long underwear thing (especially my Wintersilks... woven silk long underwear. Warm, comfortable, and breathes like a dream). Good socks that wick moisture away from my feet. Boots when the weather sucks. Up top an insulation layer and a shell. Hat. Gloves.

I used to go the nice overcoat route. Now it's outdoor gear all the way.
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:56 AM
 
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How much time are you going to be spending outside? If your longest trips outdoors are an occassional walk from the car to the door of a heated building, you probably don't need to outfit yourself like you're trekking through the Arctic. If you'll be doing a lot of walking, waiting for public transit, etc. then take the above suggestions - layers, good socks and gloves, and decent boots.
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