Originally Posted by emmanuel
Heavy wool or cashmere sweater. Heavy wool or cashmere coat. Heavy wool or cashmere socks. Wool or cashmere beanie. Wool or cashmere scarf. Fur lined leather gloves.
+1. You need a very dense wool coat for the bitter cold. Bottom line: layers of wool/cashmere are the way to go. Cover as much of yourself as possible. Forget short coats. That said, when it is super-cold (in terms of what you can tolerate), shearling works extremely well, and down parkas are great. Sometimes you just have to sacrifice looks to functionality. The Canada Goose parkas are fairly good looking for parkas, and they are very warm and well-made. I am a lifelong northeasterner and tend to feel cold in the winter. Living in Philadelphia, I find that I can layer up wool clothes and a tightly-woven, thick overcoat and do quite well. I also have a shearling. When the weather is just ridiculously cold, though, I reach for the Canada Goose. Thankfully, it's not that often. After all, who wants to feel cold?