I need your help!!! I am currently deciding whether I should take a trip to Washington D.C. sometime next month. The wishy-washyness is related to the freezing temperatures that I know that I will be faced with. From what I gather, the average high is 47 degrees and the average low is 30 degrees. Coming from balmy weather, I am quite sure that I will be unprepared.
I am looking for advice from you, my cold weather friends. In Hawaii, we barely have a need for anything more than a light sweater or jacket. As a reference point, I have been to Las Vegas in December. It was really cold to me, but bearable. I wore a sweater, scarf, layered a light jacket over that, and blue jeans, and I was still a bit cold. I have been to Mt. Titlis in Switzerland where it was snowing. It was uncomfortably cold(froze my butt off, actually), I was inappropriately dressed(the same kind of clothing that I used in Las Vegas), but because it was only for 2 hours, I tolerated it the best that I could and then couldn't wait to get back down the mountain. I'm afraid that the weather in D.C. will be much like Mt. Titlis.
I am looking for some clothing advice and where it is that I can find it. Hats? Gloves? Scarves? Jackets? Sweaters? Trousers? Thermal Undergarments? Socks? Shoes? Okay, as you can see, I HAVE NO IDEA what I need. If I decide to go, I will actually need to order this stuff right away because time is getting short.
I have visions of people in snow clothes that look like round colorful marshmallows. The one thing that I do know, is that I do not want to look like that. I am leaning toward something more fashionable, dark colors, perhaps more city smart. For casual situations, do people wear blue jeans in the winter in the city? Are items from LL Bean and Lands End appropriate? Is wool the fabric of choice? How about evening wear for going out to dinner? If you have the time, can you provide me with links to photos of appropriate clothing items. I would appreciate it so much.
Thanks in advance for your help.