It’s that time of year again! The weather is getting colder, windier, and snowier. But the show must go on! Here are tips about what to wear to keep warm when standing in outside during the colder months.

Jackets

One of the most important pieces of clothing that will help you keep warm and toasty is a good jacket. I recommend buying a full-length, down-filled jacket. The long length keeps more heat trapped against the length of your body. Most come with a bidirectional zipper so you can unzip the jacket from the bottom, giving you options for more ventilation and for more legroom when walking. Also, try to find a jacket that is water-resistant in case you are working in wetter conditions.

These jackets can be more on the expensive side, but they are a smart investment that you will have for years. You can find cheaper, quality options at stores such as Target or Burlington. There are also wide, reasonably priced selections at Uniqlo and The North Face. You should choose a neutral color, and it’s best to buy one with a hood and several pockets.

Tops

For tops underneath your jacket, you should layer different types and thicknesses of shirts. Layers are great because you can always take layers off or add more as needed. Different options for tops that are good for layering include long-sleeved t-shirts, turtlenecks, cardigans (for a light sweater option), and heavier sweaters or sweatshirts.

It helps to have a tank top, t-shirt, or long-underwear top that you can tuck into your bottoms for your first layer to keep you as insulated as possible. Longer-length shirts that cover your middle and longer-sleeved tops that cover your wrists will also help with keeping in your body heat.

Bottoms and Socks

You’ll also want to layer up on the bottom as much as you can. Start with leggings or long underwear that is tighter so it will fit under a pair of your jeans or other pants. You can always remove this layer if you get too hot.

I highly recommend purchasing a pair of down pants. They are lightweight and can be packed in your bag easily. They are also usually water-resistant, so they can help keep you drier if you are working outside in wet weather. You can find some great options on Amazon.

For socks, layer starting with the thinnest pair, and add one or two more pairs, ending with very thick socks. This may seem like a lot of socks, but your feet and toes are one of the hardest parts of your body to keep warm. Smartwool socks are a great option. In order to trap your body heat, make sure some of your layers are long socks that will cover areas your pants don’t cover.

Toe warmers, as well as hand warmers, are often available on set in cold weather situations and can make a significant difference in helping you keep warm. But they tend to run out quickly on set. You can order warmers online to ensure you have some on hand. Walgreens offers a selection of warmers in bulk quantities at affordable prices, and Amazon has many options as well. Be sure to read the packaging — some warmers should be affixed to clothing because they are not designed to make direct contact with your skin.

Footwear

As mentioned above, feet and toes are one of the hardest places to keep warm. Boots are very important to have for standing in outside in cold temperatures.

Look for a snow-boot type pair with good insulation and a thick lining. Also, look for information about the water-resistant properties of a boot. It’s very important to keep your feet dry, so it’s best to be prepared for wet weather conditions.

Sara’s Tip!

When shopping for boots online, read the reviews! Look to see what people say about the fit of the boots, how warm they are, and how they hold up in wet weather. Shop on websites that offer free returns (such as Zappos.com) in case you need to make a return or an exchange.

Accessories

Other components that will help keep you warm include scarves, neck warmers, and gloves. You can layer more than one pair of gloves, if necessary. Covering your ears with hats and headbands are a must as well, but a hood may be your best defense against the cold, especially if it is windy outside.

If the hood on your jacket is somewhat loose, wear a sweatshirt with a tighter hood underneath your jacket, or keep your hat on under your hood for double protection.

HEATTECH

Uniqlo is a Japanese clothing company that has created a signature line called HEATTECH. I highly recommend this technology — I own HEATTECH tank tops, turtlenecks, leggings, extra thick leggings, tights, and socks. And the prices are very reasonable!

Color Cover

If color cover is given to you while standing in outside, find a way to wear it in addition to your outerwear. Wear the color cover over your jacket, even if it has to be draped around your shoulders. Figure out a way to make it work without sacrificing any of your layers.

Other Tips for Keeping Warm

Keep moving! Walk around the set area when you have short breaks from standing in. Pop inside a warming tent if there is one available there. If you have a longer break when you are not needed for a scene, head back to holding and ask the PA there to give you a warning when your next scene is coming up.

Warm liquids will help keep you warm. If you’ve already had too much coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, drinking warm water works, too.

And most importantly, layers layers layers! Bring extra layers with you to set — shirts, sweaters, and socks.  You will be glad you were prepared for changes in the weather.

Stay warm out there this winter!

What do you wear to keep warm while standing in outside in the winter months? Do you have tips for keeping warm while on set? Please comment below!