Originally Posted by EL72
Jose: After seeing those ski gloves, I thought that perhaps this is something you need to know about living in very cold climates (though it likely applies to tropical climes to some extent):
There are constant tradeoffs to be made between looking stylish and being warm. At one extreme, you can wear a parka, ski gloves, hat, sorel boots
... and you will be nice and toasty, but you will look like a dufus if you are walking around a major city like NY or Boston. AFAIAC, these accoutrements are only permissible when the temperature drops below -30C and where you're simply in survival mode outside and looking good is not on your mind, which thankfully does not happen too often.
At the other extreme, you can wear your nice EGs, a light topcoat, silk scarf, lamb leather gloves, no hat... and you will look smashing but will freeze your butt off during most winter days. Everyone's tolerance for cold and for looking like a dufus is different, so the trick is to find the right balance that works for you given your own preferences.
My advice to you is to get a nice cashmere scarf, get some leather gloves (not ski gloves!), some boots that will keep your feet warm and dry but still look good and if you feel really cold walking in Boston, go to a ski shop and buy yourself a tuque, neck warmer, ski gloves... the works.
I think this is what I needed to hear. I've been very confused because I hear advice on this forum that conflicts sharply with every piece of advice from friends and relatives who I now realize all have low tolerances for cold and high tolerances for looking like doofuses. For example, I have a dear friend who bought a bright yellow winter jacket from last year's J.Press stock or something like that. I think your above advice is very sound and very much in line with what I concluded. I already got a nice cashmere scarf thanks to the other thread, and will be working on the gloves and boots. I'm not quite sure what boots fit your bill, since last time I walked around NYC, I saw a slew of Timberland and Merrell lined boots on sale everywhere, and am not sure if that's what I should get. A lot of other Filipinos I know just picked up the cheapest Wal Mart boots they could find.
However, in your advice, what kind of jacket fits? Some people here have recommended topcoats or overcoats; other Filipinos said North Face and Columbia jackets retail cheaper in Manila.
As for the gloves, based on the advice here, I guess approx. $20 leather gloves with thin lining from Filene's are as fine as any?