It’s December and snow is on the ground in the Northeast. Winter is here for a while. The holidays, skiing, and sipping port by the fire are all things I look forward to, but the day to day “Winter Tax” is well, taxing.
Winter Tax – all the extra stuff that’s necessary for day to day living in cold climates. Hats, scarves, boots, overcoats and gloves come out of the closets. You need a scraper and a shovel if you own a car. You have to constantly stomp your feet at the door to keep the salt off the floors. (I once hosted a New Years party during an ice storm, and over-salted the walk-way, so no one would slip. I’m still finding the occasional crystal near the corner molding).
Unlike the looming cliff talk, this tax is already here. Is there a means to lighten the load? Perhaps.
I will attempt this season to shed the overcoat.
A suit + scarf, hat, and gloves can keep one perfectly warm – up to a point. I have pulled this off successfully this season, without being the least bit cold. This has worked with light snow, and in 29-degree weather. I will keep pushing this limit, until I reach chill point. (Aside – a winter fedora will not mess up and will protect setting hair cream from precipitation as well)
Note – I HATE being cold. So my chill point is conservative.
Once I hit the chill point, I will try the newly fashionable “field vest”.
The modern insulates are so thin, the vest will fit under the suit jacket. No more bulky than a sweater. Yes, it’s an extra piece of clothing, but it’s sooo much less bulky than the winter topcoat, and you won’t be confused with a Siberian prison guard. These vests are everywhere and cheap. I have one from Lands End, but am on the prowl for another.
Now the super cold and pounds of falling flakes may still call for the dreaded 10-pound overcoat, but at least that will be a rare occasion.
Thoughts? Give it a try and share your experiences here.