What to wear, what to wear, what to wear? It’s February, and although binging on Netflix feels good right now, the CRASH-Bs are early this year so get outside and get to business before the new season of House of Cards comes along (May 30, usually mid-February) and you wish you had. Baby it is cold outside, but prepare and anticipate like Francis Underwood. You know you already have him beat on the erg.
Remember to wear dry wick as a base layer while running, skiing and exercising outdoors. Wearing plenty of layers will keep you warm while outside in the cold, unforgiving like Francis Underwood weather. Combining layers starting with a dry wick base layer next to your skin will prevent that clammy feeling of getting chilled when you sweat. Also look for moisture wicking balaclavas, face masks, neck gaiters, gloves and socks made of materials like merino wool to keep you dry and comfortable. Take into consideration wearing a little less than you expect to need right now. All those extra layers can add bulk once you start moving and create your own heat. Adding an easy open tiny hand warmer is a great idea and especially nice on the chair lift too because it packs a big punch of heat in one tiny package.
Besides keeping warm, remember to hydrate because even though it’s cold outside you can easily get overheated and dehydated. Keep a power bar or an oatmeal cookie in your pocket to keep your blood sugar level in check. Also watch out for tingling extremities because ears, fingers and toes are exceptionly susceptible to frostbite. And wear some shades, sunblock and lip protection because the snow really reflects the sun.
So be stealth and choose your workout wear wisely always keeping the weather and activity in mind. Check AccuWeather before heading out like a Wall Steet trader. Take stock in what you are doing and make the right investment in you!
Workout gear in oxblood from Sweaty Betty.
The color of the season is Oxblood. A rich deep red darkened with undertones of brown and purple, Oxblood is making a modern comeback reaching back to Fall/Winter 2012, the last time Oxblood dominated the fashion landscape. Close cousins to the color oxblood are burgundy, bordeaux, cordovan, crimson and maroon. But true oxblood smacks back to the past with an earthy red subdued color richly balanced by the perfect darkened undertones of brown and purple, regal in understated way.
Michelle Obama wearing an oxblood dress on Inauguration Day.
What I like about the color oxblood is that it goes with everything while encompassing a subtle difference from traditional workout wear. We all have black spandex, but wearing oxblood will vary just a bit past navy and grey without the wearing out loud neons, oranges or red.
What will the American Olympic contenders be wearing tonight at the opening ceremony in Rio? I love the excitement and anticipation of the opening ceremony and would love to be surprised, but I can’t wait. And this year is especially patriotically pleasing. Designer Ralph Lauren is fine American indeed.
Check out the sleek silhouette of the stylish uniform, with crisp navy blazer, tailored white jeans tapered at the ankle to set off the red, white and blue boat shoes that perfectly coordinate with the multicolored matching tee in a contrived, understated preppy way. The Hickey Freeman blazers made in Rochester, New York are decked out with United States team logo and sport a white polo pony accessorized with with the subtle finishing detail of a woven wriststrap always unifying the team with a lasting remembrance to be worn long after the triumphant days of August 2016.
Our Olympic athletes are United States ambassadors in sport but also in representing each of the 40 United States manufacturers involved in preparing one great look. Watch live action on NBC. Rowing starts promptly tomorrow morning with Men’s single sculls at 7:30.
How did Nantucket Red get it’s name and preppy lineage?
In places like Nantucket, boatsmen wear bright colors so they can more easily be recognized in the water in case of capsizing or a slip overboard. To distinguish themselves from lifeguards many may have chosen red as “de rigueur” over orange. As most boatsmen would rather spend their money updating or buying a new boat, they are frugal when buying clothes and love their old favorites. Hence, what was once bright, sharply pressed and new faded to a soft not quite salmon, weathered red, what is now known as “Nantucket Red.”
“Dream big, work hard. Keep your nose clean. Be of service. And in any way you can, define your generation.”
– Actor, producer, singer Robert Downey, Jr., MTV Movie Awards 2015