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How do you survive in a suit in this weather?

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Maylay wrote:
Jan 8th, 2018 2:29 pm
Also get some of those heat-tech undershirt/pants from Uniqlo. They aren't that cheap at around $20 each (regular price, but occasionally goes on sale), but given that I basically wear them everyday during the winter, it is easily a small price to pay for how much I get out of them.

They have some sort of "technology" that makes them better than cheaper ones (heat regulating, etc...). I had thermal underpants before but they weren't really comfortable and made my pants rise slightly. No issues at all with the Uniqlo ones.
How do they work when it comes to wicking sweat and odour/antibacterial?

We've been buying up merino wool base layers since they should work well with sports and everyday to keep you warm, wick sweat and antibacterial/odour but of course they are super expensive.
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speedyforme wrote:
Jan 8th, 2018 2:35 pm
How do they work when it comes to wicking sweat and odour/antibacterial?

We've been buying up merino wool base layers since they should work well with sports and everyday to keep you warm, wick sweat and antibacterial/odour but of course they are super expensive.
I had to look online to find out, but the promo video says rayon is used to wick moisture and convert it to heat, which is then trapped by thin fibres to retain heat.

I don't notice much regarding the anti-odour aspect, but I do feel a pleasant warmth in normal to cool conditions. It feels nice when you don't have any part of your legs or upper body that is directly exposed to cold air. That being said, I was sweating when I was running around indoors with a down jacket on.

How does a merino wool layer feel on the skin? I can't imagine wearing a wool suit and then having a wool base layer on. I'm already scared when taking off a wool sweater because of the crazy amount of static it builds up...
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Maylay wrote:
Jan 8th, 2018 10:28 pm
I had to look online to find out, but the promo video says rayon is used to wick moisture and convert it to heat, which is then trapped by thin fibres to retain heat.

I don't notice much regarding the anti-odour aspect, but I do feel a pleasant warmth in normal to cool conditions. It feels nice when you don't have any part of your legs or upper body that is directly exposed to cold air. That being said, I was sweating when I was running around indoors with a down jacket on.

How does a merino wool layer feel on the skin? I can't imagine wearing a wool suit and then having a wool base layer on. I'm already scared when taking off a wool sweater because of the crazy amount of static it builds up...
I think Merino Wool overall is better than your typical wool clothing. As for static, haven't noticed much at all even given this cold/dry winter so far. I guess there was a little since my hair was impacted when I took the sweater off to try on clothes at the mall.

Having said that, I only wore a merino wool base layer with a merino wool sweater once. And it was pretty damn great. Was not hot inside the mall and not cold outside. I also like that I don't have to wash it every time. Honestly, unless it is dirty, I don't wash my merino wool much at all. Never smells etc.

I did find that certain merino wool will feel itchier than others. So that plays an important part too.
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Statistics101 wrote:
Jan 5th, 2018 8:53 pm
I'm one of those poor souls who have to show up to work everyday in full suit and tie. I have a few wool and cashmere overcoats which are good enough for any weather above -10c.

However, this week has been well below 20c and overcoats just can't handle that type of weather. I can't wear my PJS/CG bomber with my suit (looks kinda stupid), but I don't think anything else will be able to keep me warm in this temperature.

Any suggestions of heavy coats that would keep me warm and fashionable when wear a suit?
Why not? I got my bomber for the sole purpose of wearing it on top of my blazers. Stop being so self conscious. This is CANADA! ;)
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Base layer (e.g. Under Armour Coldgear), a good wool overcoat that's water and wind resistant, and warm boots.
Keep your "good" dress shoes at work or carry them back and forth between work and home.

If it's really messy out, then suit goes into a garment bag and I'll change at work.
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Maylay wrote:
Jan 8th, 2018 2:29 pm
Also get some of those heat-tech undershirt/pants from Uniqlo. They aren't that cheap at around $20 each (regular price, but occasionally goes on sale), but given that I basically wear them everyday during the winter, it is easily a small price to pay for how much I get out of them.

They have some sort of "technology" that makes them better than cheaper ones (heat regulating, etc...). I had thermal underpants before but they weren't really comfortable and made my pants rise slightly. No issues at all with the Uniqlo ones.
this!!

++ Uniqloe heat-tech undershirt and long johns - these things work. I picked up some in Asia (before Uniqlo came to Canada) - this stuff is awesome (but not cheap).

I commute from Richmond Hill to downtown Toronto every day and need to stand on the GO Platform - the Uniqlo heat-tech under-clothing saves me in the cold winters - esp. the long johns. Keeps me warm outside and I'm not over-heating in the office.

I have to wear a suit every day (don't really need a tie) and I get suits made with somewhat thin material (otherwise I'll overheat in the summer). This way, I can wear my suits all season and just add to my base layer in the winter.

I typically wear a wool 3/4 jacket with my suit and add the base layer on the cold winter days. But on the cold cold days, I wear my Columbia goretex jacket and carry my suit jacket in a fold up bag.

With the last couple of weeks, I've had to wear my Uniqlo long johns almost every day - i only have a few and need to wash them mid-week.

On a side note, I don't really find myself sweating in the Uniqlo heat-tech, I think it is breathable and don't even find myself getting overly warm in the office either...

My main problem in the winter is the slush at the back of the suit pants when I walk. I don't wear high winter boots and typically when the weather warms up and there is slush on the ground - the back of my suit pants gets wrecked with splatter of slush......still haven't found a solution to this...
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My acquitance who works at the downtown core told me that by taking the underground pathway in Toronto, you don't even need to wear a jacket! Is your building not connected? Or do you prefer to walk outside?

I prefer to walk outside but I get sweaty from dressing room warm and then my office clothes get smelly. Just keep moving and remember to wear mittons, hats and scarfs!

A knitted sweater underneath your cost may help. Good luck! Maybe is all the tall building tunneling the wind at you!
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Poppwl wrote:
Feb 18th, 2018 12:27 am
My acquitance who works at the downtown core told me that by taking the underground pathway in Toronto, you don't even need to wear a jacket! Is your building not connected? Or do you prefer to walk outside?

I prefer to walk outside but I get sweaty from dressing room warm and then my office clothes get smelly. Just keep moving and remember to wear mittons, hats and scarfs!

A knitted sweater underneath your cost may help. Good luck! Maybe is all the tall building tunneling the wind at you!
This is true about the PATH but getting to and from it is when one has to brave the elements and the GO train terminal is still not fully connected.
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Omakase wrote:
Feb 18th, 2018 7:22 am
This is true about the PATH but getting to and from it is when one has to brave the elements and the GO train terminal is still not fully connected.
Some "fortune" people do not need to get out of the building at all. I don't get it. I like fresh air.
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I find my wool overcoat plenty warm. Never cold in it even at 20 below.

I've been wearing a suit for 20 year and I love it on every day except when it's 30+. Then it's a bit painful.

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GapBoyPCS wrote:
Feb 17th, 2018 3:52 pm
Base layer (e.g. Under Armour Coldgear)...
Under Armour makes Base 5.0 baselayers. Look up the reviews. I have the Base 4.0 leggings.
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Statistics101 wrote:
Jan 5th, 2018 8:53 pm
I'm one of those poor souls who have to show up to work everyday in full suit and tie. I have a few wool and cashmere overcoats which are good enough for any weather above -10c.

However, this week has been well below 20c and overcoats just can't handle that type of weather. I can't wear my PJS/CG bomber with my suit (looks kinda stupid), but I don't think anything else will be able to keep me warm in this temperature.

Any suggestions of heavy coats that would keep me warm and fashionable when wear a suit?
Quick question: how do you commute in summer with suit? Just wear it in the public transit? Isn’t too hot?
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smartie wrote:
Feb 25th, 2018 7:20 pm
Quick question: how do you commute in summer with suit? Just wear it in the public transit? Isn’t too hot?
Leave your jacket at work?

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