About Workwear’s range of winter workwear, ensures you’re covered and protected from the icy elements this season.
Regardless of how much cold-weather gear you have already, the best way to fight extreme cold is to implement a layering system. It’s a sure-fire way to stay warm.
At About Workwear we’re going to show you the best way to create this layering system, and what items are must-haves for the upcoming winter season. With a few small additions to your wardrobe, you can create a great basic toolkit for every cold snap situation.
Winter Workwear starting point – Base Layer
To start, you’re going to want a good base layer. In extreme cold, we can still exert plenty of body heat, which leads to sweat. The purpose of a base layer is to regulate your core body temperature and to help pull moisture away from your skin. The best fabrics for a base layer are quick-drying and very breathable.
Ideally, you should feel some compression, but make sure that the garment isn’t too tight. You don’t want to have excess fabric bunching and getting in your way. If you’re going to be outside for a long time, you’ll want to wear a base layer shirt as well as leggings or long johns.
On top of the base layer, the middle layer is designed to keep you warm by retaining body heat. The best middle layers offer plenty of soft, compressible warmth that insulates your body heat but doesn’t add too much weight. These garments should feel light but need to be warm enough to keep you comfortable outdoors in cold weather.
Class softshell jackets or fleece jackets are the perfect second layer to add to your body.
Wool and wool blends have traditionally been the typical choice for an insulating middle layer, but advances in textile engineering have led to innovations like microfibre fleece, which is soft and insulating on the inside.
Finally, the outer layer of a winter outfit serves to repel wind, snow, and rain. This typically takes the form of a basic, slick shell that can be added on top of the two other layers. The best shells are extremely light and treated with water repellent which makes moisture roll right off the fabric. Freezer jackets and body warmers are ideal for the job.
The outer layer may seem like an afterthought, but it’s extremely important. If water penetrates the middle and base layer, it can cool down the body very quickly.
Socks cushion feet, protect them from irritation and blisters, and keep them warm. For most activities, wool or synthetic socks are the way to go, since they’re lightweight, durable, and less likely to bunch up. Choosing sock fibres with a good gradient will help trap and transfer moisture, which will keep feet nice and dry. Polypropylene or wool fibres do this best.
Beanies are a winter wardrobe staple — not only do they protect your head and ears from cold air, but they also add a layer of coziness to any outfit. Beanies made from the fleece or wool insulate your head. Keep the chills at bay with our wide range of beanies, designed to keep you as snug as a bug. Featuring fleece or knitted designs that can be branded to your specifications, these versatile items can be worn in almost any outdoor setting.
Winter gloves and mittens are of course meant to, above all else, keep your hands warm. Depending on your line of work and how long you are outdoors, you’ll find an array of gloves available for your exact needs.
Other winter apparel
If you are in security or safety and need to be seen, a hi-viz jacket over your layers is the way to go. We have a range of hi-viz and reflective jackets, overalls, and trousers that you can easily slip over your winter woollies.
Where to find winter workwear
Shopping for winter gear can be a struggle, especially if you don’t have much experience with layering. It might seem like overkill to wear three layers at a time all winter long, but trust us- it’s worth it. Freedom from cold, rain, and wind is only possible with a good layering system.
If you’ve been struggling to find quality winter workwear, come browse our website, give us a call, or visit us in-store. Our brand-new designs and quality materials will keep you warm and stylish all winter long. Regardless of whether you’re on-site all day long or patrolling an office park in the early hours of the morning, our gear will keep you toasty warm.