To survive the often harsh winters in Denver, there are some items that are absolutely essential to purchase. Depending on the day and whether it is bitter cold, snowing and sunny at the same time, or just wet, sloppy snow, you will have to make different choices for your wardrobe to get through the day.
Here is a short list of commonly needed winter items to combat the cold in Denver:
- A coat. Not just any old coat, but one that blocks the wind and has a good amount of thickness to it. A goose down feather coat works well for this purpose and it is why you see many Denverites wearing them. These “puffy” coats (think Kenny on Southpark) keep the body warm against the harsh elements of the Denver winter.
- Gloves. This comes as no surprise. When you’re scraping ice off your windshield or required to stay outside for more than a couple minutes, gloves are a life saver on a cold day.
- Hat or ear covering. Keep the wind out of your ears and the cold from piercing your skin. Peruvian alpaca hats with earflaps or fleece winter hats work well for the winters in Denver.
- Snow boots. You will definitely need some snow boots to walk through the snow. Sometimes snow is ankle or knee high and some good waterproof boots will come in handy to keep your feet warm and dry.
- Sunglasses. Bright sunlight is a huge factor in Denver. Even if it’s 10 degree outside, the sun might be just as bright as ever. If the sun is reflecting off the snow, that makes it even worse. A good pair of sunglasses what wrap around the side of your face are essential in both summer and winter.
- Sunscreen and chapstick. If in doubt about the sun in Denver, see #5 above. The sun will be a nuisance. You still need to protect your skin from the sun in the winter. Wearing sunscreen on all exposed areas of your skin (especially your face and the tops of your hands) is essential. Chapstick helps protect against the sun and drying winds that will chap your lips.
- Thermals. Shhh… Don’t tell anyone you’re wearing thermals under your clothes. However, on a very cold subzero day, your body will thank you. Buy a few pairs of thermal shirts and pants to layer under your clothes – especially if you work or spend a lot of time outdoors. They’re also good for pajamas.