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Bus Stop Ccold Weather Gear

November 3rd, 2019 at 12:38 am

So with my new job it'll be easiest for me to walk 4 blocks to the bus stop, take the bus downtown, and then walk two blocks to work. I have sneakers and snow boots for walking. But my winter apparel isn't great for possibly standing for ten minutes in blowing snow or freezing wind ... It works for a quick walk from car to building ....

So .. I was wondering what should I look for in a good jacket. I'll want a hood of course. Do they make hoods with detachable face masks?? I'm okay with spending a little $$ on this because I don't want to have the excuse of being cold ... Smile

Also, I have several decent pair of warm leggings (tights without feet??) but hate how they don't seem to stay up. With a 4 block walk I don't want to get to the bus stop with them halfway off my backside. So ... any ideas on how to get them to stay up while also being able to pull them down easily when needed? (i.e. not having to practically get undressed to use the toilet.)

Help please! Smile

19 Responses to “Bus Stop Ccold Weather Gear”

  1. Butterscotch Says:

    Keep in mind that the walking 4 blocks will probably warm you up quite a bit. Can you drive on the days where the weather is as extreme as you described above (blowing snow, freezing wind)?

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is true - I would get warm doing that.

    The main reason I want to take the bus instead of drive is parking - it would cost $8 to park in a garage, and street parking you have to put money in every two hours ... So ... a bus is the simplest method -at least once I figure out the weather logistics. Smile

  3. Jenn Says:

    I haven't bought one yet for myself, but LL bean has some serious coats. It's on my 'one day' list.

  4. Carol Says:

    Full-length coat, either to knees or ankles depending on what you like. Yes, to llbean coats. Also, warm hat covering your ears. And scarf for your neck and sometimes face.
    Gosh, I sound like a snowman. But that's what works.

  5. Dido Says:

    I'll agree with LL Bean coats. They're definitely my go-to for winter gear.

    Perhaps a different brand of the leggings? I've gotten some from Danskin that work well.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    My daughter's love their LLBean Duck Boots. And I would also suggest a full length coat. I think one we bought was from the Columbia outlet mall, it has Omni tech inside which reflects back your own body heat. It's pretty lightweight. My daughter uses a big scarf wrapped around under her eyes. Another thought is the garages do have a monthly fee/pass that brings down the cost a quite a bit. My daughter is parking downtown for her internship...but we figured out she doesn't use it quite enough to get a pass.

  7. CB in the City Says:

    All the college kids around here were wearing Canada Goose parkas last year. Those I talked to said they were the warmest coats ever.

    When I was working and had to ride the train (and I had just a little more walking to do than you will) I bought a Nautica down coat, and it's great. I didn't wear leggings, because of the dress code at work, but I did wear tall boots with knee socks, and the coat, which goes to my knees, kept the thigh area warm. The coat has a hood, which I used in the very coldest weather, but I mostly kept my head warm with wool ear-hugging hats. Yes, they mess with your hair, but I kept hair tools at work. And the big scarf and heavy duty gloves or mittens are essential. Actually, I recommend fingerless gloves underneath mittens, preferably windproof. Because sometimes you just need your fingers for a minute or two, like to get a hold of your pass! And long cuffs on the mittens are very important, cuffs that fit under your coat sleeves.

    Do check on parking policies/privileges with your work. When I worked at the museum, garage parking was free for employees, but visitors paid $22 a day!

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks all! I checked the LLbean website but didn't see any good options for my size. I also looked at the Colombia jackets with omni tech and the Nautica.

    My size makes finding a jacket more difficult I think. There is an omni tech that might work for $214. But I found an Elora for $114 which I'm going to try first.

    CB - where did you get the hats?

    I have some nice fingerless gloves with a heated rice pack a friend crocheted for me - but I would need to get mittens.

  9. rob62521 Says:

    I think you have been given many good options. I think if you can't find a heavy duty coat, then layering underneath it would be an option. Bulky, yes, but far better than freezing. Could you buy some larger pants to go over what you plan to wear for professional garb to keep your legs warm.

    Because of my asthma, I wear a long scarf that I can wrap around my neck and over my mouth and nose if needed. I made it extra long so I can also wrap it around my head first because although I have coats with hoods, the hoods all seem too big and slip over my eyes.

  10. Dido Says:

    LL Bean has coats in sizes up to 3X women's, but you have to tap on the "Plus" button to see the extended sizing. If you just look at the item itself, the default page is Regular Sizing, which goes up to XL, but up on the right you will see a button that says "Plus," and if you hit that, you will see the extended sizing. It's easy to miss if you don't know that it is there!

    Eddie Bauer also has some good plus size women's clothing.

  11. creditcardfree Says:

    Even local stores in your area should have larger sized full length coats in stock this time of year.

  12. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks all.

    Dido, I did find that option now. There's one possibility if the one I ordered doesn't work.

    I found an ear flap/scarf combo which I think will work. Will just have to buy a second brush/hairspray for work. Smile
    CCF - I've looked before, but stores don't seem to carry larger than XL. But if the one I ordered doesn't work, I'll try the store route again.

  13. crazyliblady Says:

    I personally like Eddie Bauer coats. And given the wind, etc. where you live, I would advocate for a balaclava. It's an exotic sounding word, but think of it as kind of like a ski mask. They even sell them at Walmart, so you should have no trouble finding one.

  14. Petunia 100 Says:

    When is your first day at your new job?

  15. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Petunia - One week from tomorrow!!

  16. CB in the City Says:

    KF, I bought the hats at a boutique in the train station -- sorry, I can't remember the name of the store -- I don't know if it was a chain or not.

  17. pjmama Says:

    I would recommend switching to some high-waisted leggings (I have the same issue with them falling down if they're not high waisted). Would also recommend getting a pair of silk long johns - they're so thin you can wear them under leggings, and they do a world of good. I bought a pair from REI online a few years back, and they've been lifesavers.

    Just make sure you're layering up - many people mentioned getting warm while you walk. I used to take the bus regularly in Pittsburgh and Cleveland where it is COLD, and still ended up sweaty and overheated if I didn't have layers I could shed temporarily. Just something to keep in mind Smile

  18. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks CB, I found something on Amazon which will work.

    Pjmama - Do you have any particular sites you find high waisted leggings at? I'll have to look for the silk long johns! Thanks for the idea!

  19. Fern Says:

    I have worn silk long underwear for many winters. I like that they're very thin and lightweight under your normal clothes, yet they make a big difference.

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