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Kitting myself out for staying WARM standing in fields watching football!

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bibblebobblebubble Sat 17-Sep-16 17:52:23

That's it really... DS1 has joined a football team and I'm going to be spending a lot of time in muddy fields watching him. I get very grumpy when I'm too cold!

I have a down jacket and a fairly reasonable waterproof jacket but not much else (though I do have a thermos!). Have been browsing merino base layers, hand warmers, Scandinavian fleeces but don't know what's best.

I don't mind spending a bit of money if it's going to keep me toasty (and not look too frumpy either). Any ideas?

PitchFork Sat 17-Sep-16 17:59:16

layers and more layers
a hat
and most importantly boots. you need your feet to stay dry. again layers, 'normal' socks underneath and welly socks on top. make sure shoes/boots are big enough.

SpeckledyBanana Sat 17-Sep-16 18:01:51

Warm boots
A Thermos mug of tea/ coffee

SpeckledyBanana Sat 17-Sep-16 18:02:17

And a ginormous brolly

ivykaty44 Sat 17-Sep-16 18:03:07

I used to take a hot water bottle to tuck into my coat whilst watching training in the evening through the winter.

bibblebobblebubble Sat 17-Sep-16 18:03:14

Any advice on what layers? Base layers (any good brands)? fleece?

bibblebobblebubble Sat 17-Sep-16 18:04:19

Just ordered some of these hand warmers

CMOTDibbler Sat 17-Sep-16 18:08:11

Get one of these bad boys. I have a couple of Lands End down coats and they are so warm. Also, they come down to your knees so almost to your boots. I have some Merrell boots which are incredibly warm - you need plenty of insulation under your feet, and wellies are a short cut to cold feet.
You'll look more frumpy freezing your bum off, than in a warm coat and boots that you don't have to pile things under to keep warm. Get a cute hat, gloves and scarf plus a contigo cup for your coffee

BackforGood Sat 17-Sep-16 18:09:15

Thermal tights are FAB.
In Dec, Jan, Feb I sometimes wear thermal tights then leggings or ski pans then tracksuit bottoms ove the top.
You REALLY don't need to worry about what you look like - warmth is the key and you get warmth fro layers.

Wear boots that are a bit big so you can wear ski/walking socks on top of normal socks on top of thermal tights.
Hoodies are good as keep your neck warmer than jumpers.

Get a big golfing umbrella.

SpeckledyBanana Sat 17-Sep-16 18:13:51

Any layers will work, it doesn't need to be pricey.

DarkBlueEyes Sat 17-Sep-16 18:14:49

Go to Uniqlo and buy lots of long sleeved heat tech tops. And possibly leggings to wear under jeans. You'll need ski socks and sorrel type waterproof boots. There are some nice ones in Costco st the moment. Then I would wear a merino jumper like icebreaker then your down coat with a big scarf and hat and gloves. Lands end do fab coats but if you can run to it get a Canada goose. Warmest thing I've ever owned.

BackforGood Sat 17-Sep-16 19:00:36

DON'T wear jeans when it's wet - they really retain the water.

EmmaMacgill Sat 17-Sep-16 19:11:02

Yep layers, you don't need to spend a lot.
I used to wear;
undies <obvs>
Tights and vest top
fleecy lined legging - got some great ones from Primark cheap as chips
Long sleeve T Shirt
Thermal Socks
Jeans - not so good in heavy rain
Waterproof boots
Gloved and earmuffs in winter
Not very glam but lovely and warm

AuntieStella Sat 17-Sep-16 19:15:46

Really good boots! The cold can creep up through your feet and make you feel awful.

I have Dubarrys (£££) but last for years. FitFlop boots are also toasty (I think it's the thickness of the sole), but have next to no tread, so don't wear if you expect mud, great for AstroTurf.

And uniqlo heat tech is really good! They did socks and tights last winter. I've not seen them yet, but worth keeping an eye out for when they appear.

MinimaL1stmama Sat 17-Sep-16 19:54:00

Odlo Originals Warm zip neck top and leggings. They're like wearing a soft, comfortable, very lightweight hot water bottle. I live in a very chilly granite-built house and really couldn't imagine being without these fleecy saviours.

bibblebobblebubble Sun 18-Sep-16 12:50:16

Thanks. I have a lovely North Face down jacket so I'm ok there. But hadn't thought about boots.... now have my eye on these lovely Merrell ones


So I think I need base layer + fleecy mid layer + coat then warm socks, boots, fleece-lined leggings (didn't know these existed), and hat, scarf, gloves, and enormous brolly. Might pay a trip to Uniqlo. Any good fleece jacket recommendations - mine are cheapy ones and very thin?

bibblebobblebubble Sun 18-Sep-16 12:52:08

Is this the Odlo one you mentioned?

leadrightfoot Sun 18-Sep-16 16:30:05

Zip on zip off trousers
Try any equestrian store
They are also windproof
Go over trousers and boots.
With correct footwear and jacket you are sorted plus once off (unzip both sides job done) you are normal again

Irisagogo Sun 18-Sep-16 16:38:18

Boots, sorell boots are toasty wArm.

I have the Joan of arctic.

MinimaL1stmama Sun 18-Sep-16 18:12:06

This is what I wear. You get the best of all worlds, with the neck zip.

eatsleephockeyrepeat Sun 18-Sep-16 18:21:40

May I recommend Timberland Snow Boots; something similar to these beauties (that I may own...). Waterproof AND insulated.

CallarMorvern Sun 18-Sep-16 18:28:18

I wear a North Face arctic parka. The only thing I have ever been warm in. Berghaus waterproof trousers over jeans and bamboo long johns. Waterproof Emu sheepskin lined boots or waterproof walking boots and mohair socks. I'm the only one who wears waterproof bottoms, in my mind they are a must, mine unzip most of the way up the leg, I can then sit on wet benches etc. I don't wear gloves, hands in pocket or up sleeves.

KanyesVest Sun 18-Sep-16 18:29:34

I am the coldest person on earth. Last winter I gave in and bought a sheepskin coat from eBay. I have never spent a better £60.

fruitatthebottom Sun 18-Sep-16 19:01:41

Warm socks are your best friend - feet get bloody freezing when standing still for 1.5 hours +. I would say a warm coat, gloves, hat and warm socks are the essentials.

sandgrown Sun 18-Sep-16 19:07:09

Another vote for Lands End coats. Not very glam but really warm . Gloves,hat and scarf make a big difference .

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