Cool, rainy mornings warming into golden afternoons, followed by crisp evenings - Autumn has arrived! With so many possible weather possibilities in the span of one day it makes sense to have an adaptable and reliable layering plan. Having a go-to system will help you build an intentional family wardrobe, simplify your mornings and prepare you for the shifting season.
Choosing the right fabric for the base layer is important. Soft,breathable lightweight merino wool wicks away moisture and responds to the body’s temperature. For a vegan alternative look for high quality synthetic polyester.
We recommend our merino wool layers from Mabli.
An insulating layer may not be necessary in early autumn but if you live in a colder climate and the approach of October means you’re back to bundling up, it’s time to bring in the insulating layer. A good insulation layer traps warm air between layers, keeping you snug and comfortable. Fleece, wool or down sweaters are all great options. Avoid stiff or tight insulator layers which will restrict movement.
The outermost shell serves to protect you against the elements and should be waterproof and windproof while remaining breathable. Choose a light, breathable shell and pants which are waterproof. Taped seams are a must for keeping out leaks. fairechild is a great choice! Avoid choosing a garment which can’t promise to keep you dry.
We recommend fairechild of course!
Hands, Feet, and Head, oh my!
Here’s some more tips to take care of your little one’s extremities. Once your child’s hands are cold, they become downright miserable, FAST.
- Find mitts that stay on. You may want to try mitts that fit long down the arm and get tucked into the jacket sleeve.
- Choose mitts over gloves. Mitts trap body heat by keeping your fingers together. Do apply layering principles to your digits.
- For Small children – get a hat with a chin strap or buckle so it’s doesn’t fall off
- Fleece lined wool hats with earflaps are great for warmth and comfort (no itchy ears!)
- Wool socks are warm even when wet, unlike cotton. For additional warmth we recommend boot liners. Sheepskin liners are heaven for your toes.
- Still cold? Consider covering up those glands! Ankles, wrists and necks lose heat quicker than the head. Thermal neck warmers and balaclavas are great!