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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- We won't be getting a break from the cold for a few days.Beginning next week we'll be bracing for bone-chilling temperatures.

Heather Lawler-Sears who manages the outdoor specialty store, Hudson Trail Outfitters in N.W., tells us there is a right way to layer.

"The first step is what's going to be next to your skin. You want to make sure it's not a cotton layer. Cotton does a bad job of moisture management, " said Lawler-Sears.

Meaning cotton keeps you colder longer. So stick with wool and synthetics.

"A thin base layer made of Merino wool does a good job with moisture management and odor control. Your polypropylene and long underwear can work but they can get stinky after a while, " Lawler-Sears said.

"The next layer, is your warm layer. You want anything that's not cotton. Susanna is wearing a sweater, almost everyone has a sweater at home, another option is fleece because it's nice and warm and toasty," she said.

"Your third step would be a coat of some sort. Susanna is wearing a down jacket. Outside is waterproof to keep you dry and break the wind, " said Lawler-Sears.

The same rules apply with socks and gloves. Stay away from cotton. Go with fleece, wool, silk or synthetics.

It might be a tough sell for Howard Adelson as WUSA9 found him running to the gym in his shorts.

"I've been a runner for 30 years, I always run in shorts in the winter," he said.

The extreme temperatures that arrive early next week may stop Adelson in his tracks.

"I'll stay in the house, " Adelson said.

Layering with good quality material can add up.

The North Face down waterproof jacket worn by Susanna runs about $400
Rain or Snow pants roughly $100-$200 dollars
Jacket with fleece shell is $260
Merino Wool top is about $35
Smartwool socks $20-$30

Lawler-Sears says a cheap way to keep your feet warm is to trace your feet on tin foil and stick them in your boots. That helps conduct warmth.

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