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buying winter clothes in ottawa

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buying winter clothes in ottawa

hi we have arrived in canada about four months ago from india..this will be our first winter here so we are really scared to face the freezing temperatures..i would love to get some good guidance on choosing and purchasing the right kind of winter clothing..what quality we look for and the names of certain brands,type of shoes and when is the right time to buy them, places where we can find them because we are really confused at this point.we also have a 4 year old kid who is going to go to school in this weather..can we get some good advice please.??

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11. Re: buying winter clothes in ottawa

I would also suggest you ask your neighbours and/or co-workers who have children where they purchase items for their children. You might look into second hand shops such as Value Village for childrens snowsuits, boots, etc. Children grow out of their winter clothing quickly so you can often find good quality, gently used items in second hand shops. While it's important to get your child good warm clothing, don't spend a lot, as he/she will likely grow out of it by next year... and you'll be buying more!

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12. Re: buying winter clothes in ottawa

This is a good time of year to start looking at catalogues and in the shops for winter clothing options.

Mountain Equipment Co op and Children's Place are good sources for quality winter wear. Value village, Salvation Army and other thrift shops often have good prices (especially for a second snowsuit for after school/weekend play)

Child's snow suit should include snow pants that come up to the chest (not just to the waist) with shoulder straps and a jacket that has a hood. Make sure the suit is large enough to include some layers underneath and that the child can easily get it on and do up the fastenings by themselves. Boots should be roomy as a tight fit makes for cold feet. Mitts are warmer than gloves. For all ages, having a few thicknesses of mitts is a good idea - lightest being "magic" mitts that sell for a $1 or $2 for chilly mornings, mid weight mitts for colder days and heavy weight mitts for cold days and playing in the snow.

For women, good winter wear can be both fashionable and warmth but some items offered for sale just aren't practical for an Ottawa winter. For instance, a coat or jacket should have the option to button or zip snugly at the neck, hoods keep the wind out. Boots should have a relatively flat heel to deal with icy streets and have an insulated lining.

Mom and Dad likely need a winter coat and boots for wearing to work and a separate set of ski jacket, ski pants (snow suits for grown ups) and snow boots for playing outside. Value village or Salvation Army can be a good source for plain coloured adult ski pants to go with a new ski jacket.

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13. Re: buying winter clothes in ottawa

All great advice for outer-wear but don't forget about underwear. Lightweight long underwear in silk or a technical synthetic fabric is breathable but traps warm air between your legs and slacks/jeans.

Wear them on cold days when you're not bothering with snowpants, even to go to work or out shopping. The lightweight styles are thin enough you won't remember you have them on but still make a big difference in your comfort, especially if you're not accustomed to the cold.

Mountain Equipment Co-op and other outdoor gear stores carry a good selection.

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