That's right. Winter is upon us. Bundle up!
And with winter comes the plummeting temperatures, frostbite inducing winds, and snow (EEK!). Now is the time to get that jacket and all those accessories you’re seeing in every store display window!
Let’s talk jackets.
Having lived in upstate New York and currently residing in the city, I’ve learned a thing or two (or twenty!) about buying coats. I first look for form. You may not think of coats and jackets as the most flattering pieces in your wardrobe, but they don’t have you make you look like a snowman either. So first off is silhouette and style. You want a jacket that fits your personality, needs, and figure. I opted for a double breasted, wool, black trench coat with a belted waist. The easiest styles to shop for are the peacoat and trench coat. They flatter any body type and come in many different styles and colors. A simple style that always flatters is any kind of jacket with an adjustable waist like a belt. The next component to worry about is the function. How cold does it get and how often are you outside? If your only transportation are your legs and the subway like mine – you’re looking for something warm. Very warm. Wool is always a great insulating fabric and it wicks moisture away from the body to keep you dry. Look for features such as removable linings, vent pockets, and material. A parka is a great silhouette to keep you warm and many come with adjustable waist cords. Other functions to think about are the activities you commonly perform in the cold. Exercise regularly? Play outdoor sports like skiing or hockey? You’ll want a looser fit that’s easy to layer for extra warmth or to easily cool you down.
I’ve personally had great luck finding stylish jackets and coats in department stores. They have a large selection of coats for reasonable prices. A lot of brands have their own line of coats (Forever 21, H&M, Topshop and such) but they majorly fail in the quality and ability to keep you warm. I need to stay warm while waiting for the subway in New York City. I received an Abercrombie & Fitch jacket that really topped the charts though. Definitely four and a half stars. It has a parka shape with a detachable fur collar and fur lining. It’s warm as hell and a wonderful forest green color. It fits great but it’s kind of bulky. Be sure to check out The North Face. Yes, it’s stereotypical. But speaking as the skier and snowboarder I am – they’re great jackets. Worth the price. Excellent quality.
Now, all you need to do is accessorize.