Layering Basics: Dressing for All Weather Play

Layering Basics: Dressing for All Weather Play

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Layering basics for outdoor play are as easy as 1-2-3!

Looking to get outside more with your kids but not sure what gear you need?
Nature based play and all weather programs and family time are a wonderful education - we'll help you get geared up to make every day easy and fun!

dress for all weather play: layering guide

Layering: 1-2-3

A classic layering system works well for most schools and outdoor programs in most climates. Winter dress is the most complex, with all accessories needed. Dedicated winter gear is a great investment, but is not necessary everywhere.

The same gear can be used for much if not all of the year, depending on your local weather and your child's needs. You can layer for all weather play using our rainsuits as your outerlayer.

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Layer 1: Base Layers

Polyester base layers, merino wool base layers, or some version of mixed man made and wool fibers.
These fabrics help maintain proper body temperatures and keep kids from both overheating and getting too cold. They wick moisture away from the body and are quick drying and easy to care for at the end of long days. Wool and bamboo can be worn even in warm weather.

Shop Children's Polyester Base Layers here.
Shop Children's Wool Base Layers here.

Fleece jacket worn under rain pants by toddler outdoors

Layer 2: Mid Insulating Layers

Comfy fleece or lightweight, dirt resistant Quilted Thermals are great insulators for colder days. Quilted Thermals are preferred by most schools as they are perfect for covering clothes and keeping kids warm on mild days, durable and easily washable, and sand, dirt, and leaves don't stick to them. 
Fleece is the softest fit under outerwear, and super comfy for cuddling up at home after play. Windblock Pile Fleece or Teddy fleece are both thicker, warmer fleeces, and a great option as an outer jacket for kids who don't want to wear a full jacket. Puffer jacket or heavy down jackets can also be used for layering, but be mindful that they need room to insulate without being compressed.

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If warmth is priority and budget allows, down jackets make amazing layers and outerwear and are highly water resistant. They are not as ideal as outerwear for rough, outdoor school play.

Layer 3. Waterproof Outers

For all round play, waterproof outerwear is critical. Used in both wet and dry conditions, our classic rain gear sets protect clothing and keep kids comfortable and at play for extended time periods in variable weather. We offer options in both uninsulated (shell) and insulated (winter) waterproof gear in both separates and one piece sets.

Shop Classic Waterproof Sets here.

bibbed pants sizing

Need help with sizing? Check out our sizing guide - one of our most read posts of all time!

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