Welcome, I’m guessing you’ve found yourself on here because you are like me and need some help figuring out which jackets are good, in the colder months. I live in Canada, if you know anything about Canada it’s that our winters are some of the longest winters ever, it ranges between 4-5 months long. I’ve lived here my whole life and I’ve gotten a pretty good understanding of what works and what doesn’t. I’m going to break it up into different types of winter coats, I will give a detailed explanation on each so read on.
“A parka or anorak is a type of coat with a hood, often lined with fur or faux fur. The Caribou Inuit invented this kind of garment, originally made from caribou or seal skin, for hunting and kayaking in the frigid Arctic.” Everyone knows there is nothing like the warmth of a parka on a cold winters day. Parkas are lined with various fabrics and are known to keep you warm in below zero temperatures. My most favourite things about Parkas would have to be that they are wind and water resistant, if you’ve lived in cold climate you would know that there is nothing worse than windchill. Parkas were known to be a coat that are only worn in the arctic but in the last decade or so they have made their way down to the streets of being Fashion capital cities.
I myself have owned the parka above for the last 10 years of my life. It was initially a very big investment, as parkas tend to start at $800 + Canadian dollars, my Parka cost me $900. I absolutely have loved having it, the minute the temperatures start to dip I tend to pull it out, it also has allowed me to really embrace and enjoy the colder months especially having a little one who is constantly always wanting to go outside. I’ve linked a few options that I think will work well for the below freezing temperatures.
PUFFER / JACKETS
Puffer Coats have to be the most versatile group of coats you can find. A Puffer coat is one that puffs out, particularly in sections of the coat. It is comprised of synthetic fibres, allowing the user to be insulated. Shorter version of this style of coat are called quilted due to its quilted design. Puffer coats are perfect for everyday temperatures, they aren’t as stiff and restricting as a parka, so you are able to wear them in and out while running errands. My husband gets very warm in the car with his parka, as most places (grocery stores etc) tend to have the heat blasting in the winter so he prefers his waist length puffer.
As you can see above I have styled my puffer coat casually with a cardigan and a denim. I actually scored this one for a really good price $50, I was a bit skeptical at first of this sage green but it has really grown on me and have actually enjoyed having a coat that is NOT black or navy for a change. Linking a few options below for you all, short puffers and long ones.
WOOL & WOOL BLEND
It is a no brainer a wool and a wool blend coat is a must have staple in your closet. It’s a coat that can be worn most of the year except in the summer months. It’s an accent piece for when you want to slightly dress up and still get around whilst keeping warm. In the last couple of years wool coats have become a lot more fun and funkier, moving away from the traditional plain black and blue styles, with many different types of styles being made in snake and leopard prints as pictured above. If you are anything like me and love being able to switch between different coats, wool coats/peak coats are a must. Pictured below you can see all sorts of different variations and prices.
I hope this article helps one of you, if you have any questions or would love more details please comment below with your question and I’d love to answer it.