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.