Best clothes for the cold

By Alicia Nieves

January 3, 2014 Updated Jan 3, 2014 at 9:47 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With the temperature dropping staying warm can be a challenge, unless you have the right gear.

In extremely cold weather most people avoid going outdoors as much as they can.

"I usually stay home," said Norman Copeland of Binghamton.

However, if you still have a desire to go outside, the key to still staying warm is to wear the right clothing."

"Dress properly, a hat is very important, you lose 80% of your body heat right off the top of your head,” said Ann McManus, a manager at Berger's Ski & Snowboard Shop in Binghamton.

A scarf, gloves, and a jacket are also typical essentials. However, they are not the true factor to keeping you warm.

" A jacket doesn’t generate heat, your body does, it’s how well it contains it that helps keep you warm,” McManus added.

It's getting these items in materials that insulate your body heat, that really makes the difference.

“Fleece is a good insulator and wool is another good one,” said McManus.

They main material to avoid is cotton, because cotton absorbs moisture.

"You want to stay dry, if you can stay dry its easier to stay warm," McManus added.

When you add up all the things you need, it can become costly. the cost of a good pair of wool socks can start at $18 and gloves can start at $30.

A good tip, is checking sporting good stores and seeing if they have any items from last season. These items usually will be on sale for as much as 50% off.

If you want even cheaper prices, another option is secondhand shops.

"We have most of the stuff that they’ll need to make it in this cold weather,” said Dawn Cardwell the manager at The Thrift Store at the Salvation Army in Binghamton.

They have gloves for as low as 49 cents and hats for a dollar. They said you can get a full winter outfit with less than $20.