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Dana Cetz
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Date: 4/3/13 3:43 AM

I have Raynauds and am always constantly cold. In spring I cant handle wind and spring and summer people overly blast their air conditioning.

How can I secretely wear warm clothing so I dont call attention to myself. Last time someone looked at me in pity thinking I was on death's door step (a little embarrassing).

I had thought of lining with thinsulate but than I read on this website that people found it stiff to move with. Wouldnt it work if I made some kind of undergarment warming vest that snuggly wraps around my bra chest a read under my shirt.

I also thought what if I get a long sleeve leotard and make it out of flesh color lycra, that way if it is kind of close to my skin it would cut down on the chills I get from the overly abundant air conditioner.

Any helpful suggestions on how to stealthily keep warm would be great.

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Date: 4/3/13 4:09 AM

Wool, if you can wear next to your skin, is awesome. I wear merino wool long underwear (top and bottom) during much of the winter when I have to leave the house (living in the city, we don't have a car -- I walk and take public transport, so I'm out in the elements when I go shopping). The nice thing for me, since I find most businesses and even homes (and buses, good grief the buses in Copenhagen are HOT!) here in northern Europe overheated for my taste, is that wool breathes and wicks moisture away from my skin which, when I go outside again, would be mightily unpleasant. Of course, for you it would work the other way: you'd be warm when inside and have be wearing something that wouldn't stifle you when outside. Wool does that (remember tropical weight wool?).

I understand silk long underwear is also quite insulative, but I haven't tried it myself, and don't know how well it breathes when you're in a warm environment.

I have NOT been happy with synthetics, even the high-performance stuff. It's not as nice against my skin as merino wool, and doesn't breathe in the same way. Mileage obviously varies! :)

Check your local good-quality sporting goods store (preferably someplace they outfit for hiking/mountain climbing) for options.

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Date: 4/3/13 1:56 PM

Thanks for your answer have you found a long underwear pattern. I have a sensitive back and the legs always dig into my ankles and starts to swell when I buy commercial all ready made underwear.

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Date: 4/3/13 2:09 PM

I hate being cold, and in winter can feel quite miserable if not warm enough. My approach is layer layer layer. That means no pop sock, full ankle length cotton ones instead, good thick corduroy trousers are great, wool vests, or if that's not something your skin likes cotton ones take up very little bulk.

I made, and have had lots of use from, a silk full slip. It can be worn very easily under any dress or skirt. Again, takes up no room.

A nice wool decorative scarf doubles up as neck/shoulder warmer and adds colour to a winter wardrobe. I have some I got in Italy which I love to wear indoors and out.

Good quality leather knee high boots really cut out the cold. I practically live in mine and it stops the wind whipping round your ankles.

Also invest in a pair of sheepskin mittens. Have just had some from a relative and my gosh do they ever keep out the cold. My hands have not got even close to chilled in them!

I wear wool hats and an ankle length thick wool coat to top off the above layers. Its well fitted, so you dont look like a snowman!

It can be done, but wool is the key. Even if you dont have it next to your skin, invest in some items if you havent already, cardigans are a favourite, once somewhere warmer you can unbutton if it gets overly warm, but still feel toasty when going outside again.

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Date: 4/3/13 3:15 PM

I have Raynaud's syndrome as well and understand the discomfort in air conditioning. Ironically, I have more issues with my hands and feet during the summer months - when it is 100 plus outside and the air conditioning is going full blast inside than I do in the winter time!

I have several sets of texting gloves that I wear, which seem to help. I googled texting gloves to see what they are than I just have modified a glove pattern. However, my favorite pair are one's I bought at a craft fair. They are knitted - which I don't do - and have embroidered flowers on them. When asked about them I just mention that I have a hard time handling the air conditioning - usually the response is, Yea so do I. I also dress in layers: a cami, a long sleeve blouse, a blazer, long pants (always!). So as my body temperature changes I can peel off the layers, if necessary.

And, finally, I limit the trigger foods that make the syndrome worse: caffeine being one of the worst (at least for me). I can't start the day without coffee, I just have to limit my self how much coffee I can consume.

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Date: 4/3/13 3:41 PM

Have you looked at thermal underwear sold by outdoor clothing suppliers. Some of the stuff is made out of very thin but warm breathable synthetics or silk knit.

Here's one example from one of the more economical outdoor suppliers: thermasilk top
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Date: 4/3/13 3:48 PM

Wintersilks
It's been awhile, but I have purchased various silk layers (slip, camisole, long undies) from this vendor. The long underwear is designed to be a more or less "invisible" under layer. For example, the necklines are usually larger than a crew neck so you have a better chance of having a silk undie neckline that does not show under a fashion garment.

The silk knit provides warmth, but not a lot of bulk.

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Date: 4/3/13 4:44 PM

Quote: Kemish
When asked about them I just mention that I have a hard time handling the air conditioning - usually the response is, Yea so do I.

I'm cold all the time, and two years ago when it was in the 40s IN MAY and I was still wearing my parka, even though everyone else was defying the thermometer and wearing shorts, I just decided I would rather be warm and comfortable, and wasn't going to be embarrassed about it. Very freeing!!

I'm not a fan of rayon jersey for regular shirts/tops (too clingy), but I have a whole collection of rayon camis that I wear year round. Rayon has similar properties to linen (ie, behaves like a natural fiber), and because it's so lightweight is pretty darn invisible even under my summer tops. I'd love to have a pair of low-rise rayon jersey pettipants, if anyone has a good pattern or fabric source!

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Date: 4/4/13 2:53 AM

Just returned from 2 wonderful weeks in New Zealand, North and South Islands. The possum-merino underwear is soooo soft and quite thin but delicious to the touchand very light weight. I have not come across the combination on previous visits, last one was ten or so years ago. Possum-merino is also used to produce sweaters, jackets, shrugs, ponchos, cloaks, scarves, hats, gloves and fingerless gloves! Best of all, it is all made in New Zealand and also available on line we were told. I bought a convertible shrug/poncho that can be worn six different ways, depending on the combination of buttonning options you chose. I might copy it in a soft merino knit which is obtainable here in OZ at some fabric stores.
I have Raynauds but not as severely as some of you describe, mostly all fingers and feet.

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Date: 4/4/13 3:15 AM

Kwik Sew 2702 (out of print, but probably "findable" on ebay or etsy) would work. I think that you could use any legging and t-shirt patterns that are comfortable and close-fitting (slightly snug, even, since you don't want drafts coming up your sleeve/legging -- having been dogsledding in February at -26C, ask me how I know!).

I think your biggest problem will be finding fabric. Hopefully someone else will chime in with vendor recommendations.

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