How to Layer Clothing When You’re Working in Cold Weather, Hot Weather, or Bad Weather

“Close” only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. When you’re on the job you don’t want workwear that’s “close” to getting it right. You want it spot-on.

Truewerk’s Layer Systems are the best answer on the market. Learning how to layer clothing properly is easy. Here’s a quick, handy guide to help you with layering when you’re working in cold weather, heat waves, wind, and storms.

The Idea: Three Adjustable Layers

Truewerk Layer Systems use up to three different layers: Base, Mid, and Shell. When you match these layers properly, they are breathable and comfortable while giving you lots of mobility and protection.

You can add or remove layers during the day as the temperature and weather change. You can also change your layering setup over the seasons.

So let’s see how to layer clothing from our Layer Systems.

For Women Too

The Layer Systems principles mentioned here apply to both our men’s and women’s fit workwear.

Most of the products we’re featuring here are only available in a men’s fit, which can be worn unisex. However, some also come in women’s fit.

Let us know if there’s a specific item you’d like us to offer in a women’s fit.

Base Layer

Our Base Layer Workwear, the B Series, is what touches your skin. These fabrics excel at moisture-wicking to keep your skin as dry as possible. They’re also tough enough to protect you from cuts and abrasions.

Base Layer workwear is great for working in cold weather (in layers) or in the heat (on its own). This is the one layer you wear all day, so, when figuring out how to layer clothing optimally, switch out your Base Layer each day to match the conditions:

  • B Series workwear has a rating, either B1 Sun for light fabrics or B2 Chill for warmer ones. Sometimes when wearing multiple layers you’ll want to choose B1.

All-Year Wear

Base Layer workwear is designed to be worn all year round. In fair summertime weather, you can wear Base Layer workwear on its own, with no additional layers needed. Our B1 Sun Tee (Women’s Fit) and B1 Sun Long Sleeve Tee (Women’s Fit) are classic hot weather workwear shirts, but you can also wear them beneath other layers.

For working in chilly weather early in the day, our B2 Chill Quarter Zip and B2 Chill Crew Shirt are great choices. When planning how to layer clothing optimally, remember that the air between layers adds additional insulation.

Sun Protection

All B Series fabrics offer full UV protection. For more body coverage, check out our B1 Sun Hoodie for sunny days in hot weather, and our slightly warmer B2 Chill Hoodie for sunny days in mild or cool weather.

Mid Layer

Our Mid Layer Workwear, the M Series, is all about warmth and mobility, offering thermoregulation and 4-way stretch with no added bulk. Put it on and take it off as needed; that’s how to layer clothing properly.

You can wear Mid Layer clothing as your outer layer when working in cold weather that is also clement (i.e., dry and not too windy).

  • Each M Series article is rated either M2 Grid Fleece, which is warm on the inside and tough on the outside while being more breathable than typical fleece; or M3 High Loft, which uses a sandwich of synthetic insulation and a moisture-wicking liner.

When learning how to layer clothing optimally, this is the layer you show up to work in and then take off during the day as your body warms up and air temperatures rise. It’s also handy to have Mid Layer workwear like our M2 Grid Fleece Pullover Hoodie (Women’s Fit) or M2 Grid Fleece Full Zip Hoodie on hand for crisp autumn days when a cold front suddenly blows in, or if you’re on the evening shift.

Fight the Cold

Warmer options like our M3 High Loft Woobie Vest or M3 High Loft Woobie Hoodie are perfect for chilly autumn days in the Midwest or freezing, sunny winter mornings in the desert Southwest. Working in cold weather has never been so comfy, flexible, and convenient.

Shell Layer

Finally, our Shell Layer Workwear, the S Series, is the ultimate protection. When thinking about how to layer clothing optimally, this layer is your shield. The material is abrasion-resistant, windproof, and DWR-coated (water-repelling). It protects against bad weather as well as job site hazards—all while maintaining your full range of motion and the breathability of lower layers.

  • S Series workwear is rated either S2 StormShell, which is completely waterproof; S3 Solution, which adds an extra layer of warmth; or S4 Tower, which is our S4 Tower Parka—the ultimate defense for working in cold weather in deep winter.

When planning how to layer on the job, our Layer Systems let you mix and match workwear as needed:

Inclement Warm Weather

In warm, wet weather, or situations with job site hazards, you can skip the Mid Layer and put an S2 StormShell directly over a B1 Sun Tee.

Inclement Winter Weather

For gloomy, wet days in late fall and winter, our S3 Solution Hoodie (Women’s Fit) is a popular choice, etc., while the S3 Solution Vest is laser-focused on providing torso protection and keeping your arms free.

Build Your Layers with Truewerk

That’s how to layer clothing when you’re working in cold weather, wind, rain, heat, or fierce sun, or at hazardous work sites.

Whether shopping for yourself or your team, get started today.

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