Close your eyes and picture the classic American look. Chances are, you pictured someone dressed in summer wear. But there are three other seasons which bring temperatures that aren’t exactly friendly to all types of clothes. There’s good news, though. Timeless vintage winter clothes will keep you just as warm and just as fashionable, no matter what the mercury in your thermometer says. Just stick to these strategies.
Know Your Fabric And Weaves
How you dress for cool weather starts with the actual substance of the clothing itself. Nothing will have a more dramatic impact on your clothes’ warmth—or lack thereof.
But just because one fabric is warmer than another doesn’t mean you should necessarily dress for the Antarctic, either. You’ll simply want to know the characteristics of the versatile fabrics you likely already have stocked in your dresser. Want to stay warm? Here’s what you’ll need to know:
Cotton: Cotton is a material, not a pattern. But it creates the other patterns you’ll see on this list. It’s light and versatile, which means it’s good for long clothing in the summertime. But it can be just as comfortable in other seasons, particularly if you opt for a strong fabric weave, such as…
Corduroy: This weaving pattern is distinguished by its thick lines—or cords—that run throughout. It’s particularly popular in corduroy pants that match up well with autumn, winter, and spring. It’s not always easy to add another layer to your legs, which is why switching from denim to corduroy can be the most efficient way to stay warm.
Twill: Twill is another type of weaving pattern. Though it can be used to stay cool and breezy in the summer, it will hold on to plenty of warmth in the winter, especially when you layer up. In fact, that breeziness will come in handy when you want to wear more than one layer without sweating through.
Learn To Layer
The reason we included twill on our vintage winter clothes list? You’ll need flexibility to layer. After all, wool is a fine winter fabric, but if you pair it with more wool, you’ll end up sweating when you’re indoors. Not the best look.
Effective layering can be comfortable and easy. One option is to wear Wear your warmest layer on the outside. For example, long underwear alone isn’t very warm. But when you layer it underneath stretch corduroy, the insulation can feel great. The same goes up top: wear your sweater over your button-down shirt. It is also important to remember to dress for flexibility. A woven shirt can make a fantastic bottom layer, and not because they’re effective insulators. They give you the ability to remove a sweater or sweatshirt if the weather heats up—without missing a sartorial beat.
Shop Vintage Winter Clothes at Vintage 1946
Want to find all the items that will keep you warm as the cooler seasons roll through? Keep shopping the collections of classic American clothing you can find at Vintage 1946.