Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Shopping Simplified: Winter Coats

The freezing cold temps we have been experiencing here in Montana over the past couple of weeks have helped to reiterate the fact that I am in need of a winter coat that will provide extreme warmth and protection from the elements. I would like the coat to be water-resistant, have a hood with faux-fur trim, and a longer length would be nice, too.

The more I look at the coats being offered this year, the more I find to love. While I have not had time to research the waterproof or warmth criteria on many of these, here are some of my favorites so far, from a strictly 'I love the way it looks' type of coat...let me know if you have any experience or advice on any of them. :)

Love the moonlight ivory colorway, but I'd more than likely go with the black. I've heard really great reviews on The North Face outerwear, not to mention I see a lot of it worn here in Montana, so this coat is a strong contender.

Oh how I am in love with this coat! The silhouette, length, and genuine fur trim on the hood. I would choose the black colorway, of course. It is really pricey, but I have seen them marked down a significant amount, so it is possible to find them on sale. It would be a true investment piece, and one that I would wear extensively every year for many years to come.

Pretty colors and silhouette. The description says it is heavy-duty insulated, too.

This one reminds me of the Pajar that I love, and is much more affordable.

Excellent reviews on this one, plus it is supposed to be suitable for extremely cold conditions...just not sure about the length.

I have also read excellent reviews about Canada Goose outerwear, so the brand is another strong contender on my search. The navy colorway looks gorgeous on this coat, btw.

I really like this one a lot, too. The silhouette is very flattering and the colors are all lovely, too.

Really like the combination of chevron and diamond quilting, the length, as well as the selection of colors. The price is much more affordable, too.

I saw this one in person. The fabric is matte, and while you can tell it is not high end, the coat looks very nice overall. The fit is flattering and slenderizing, plus the hood is large and provides good coverage, and the faux-fur looks really nice, as well. Not to mention that at this price I would consider going for a color other than black. Once again though, it is on the shorter side, so maybe as a secondary coat with the first one being a longer one?

Very pretty quilt pattern and lovely colors...the ivory and silver, especially. Once again though, it's on the shorter side, and I think I may need something longer.

I really like this one, too...in both colors. The hood looks like it provides good coverage, but I'm not sure it would be warm enough for the kind of temps I experience here in the winter. Perhaps it would be better for the fall season?

Another one from Target that looks promising. I did not see this one at the Target in Kalispell, but if it's as decent as the Merona jacket then it would be worth a try.

I received mine at the end of last week, and I'm very pleased with it. The fit is super flattering, the fabric is not 'shimmering', but has more of a subtle sheen to it, and it feels as if it will be nice and warm, too. The faux-fur could have been better quality, but it's not so bad as to be a deal breaker. The only hesitation I have is the length once again. Other than that it seems to fit all the criteria I am looking for.

This one is so pretty, but I'm assuming it's not water resistant since that detail is not stated in the description. Does anyone know for sure? I'm also curious as to how warm it will actually be in the harsh winter temps. It would be nice to have to wear for church or perhaps a nice dinner out, where a dressier coat is a better option. Perhaps if I could catch it on super sale?

I really like that this has a removable faux-fur lining, making it good to wear in slightly warmer temps, as well as really cold ones. The cinchable waist, oversized hood, and water-resistant fabric are a plus, too.

Do you have a Winter Coat Wishlist? Have you seen or tried on any of the coats or brands I've featured? Do you happen to own any of them? Please do share...I always love to hear from you! :)

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  1. I have both a down vest and down jacket from Eddie Bauer and I find the quality to be really good. I could see you in the Sun Valley Down Parka but the only size left is a petite XS. Also check out the Slope Side Down Parka.

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    1. Thank you lolcatgirl! Both of those look like really good options, and quite affordable, too! I wonder if they will restock the Sun Valley Down Parka anytime soon? I really like the length of that one, as my legs tend to get really cold when I wear shorter coats. Although perhaps that's just because the shorter coats I've worn haven't been warm enough in general? Not sure, but I'm definitely keeping both of these EB coats in mind, and think I may contact their CS to see if they plan to restock the Sun Valley. Thanks again for stopping by to help me out! :)

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  2. Hi Melissa, lots of great options here! I'm still planning to do a post on the Canada Goose parka I purchased, which I am loving. I didn't love the price but it is super warm. How cold does it get in your area in the winter? We had a few days last winter that went down to -30 and apparently more of the same is coming our way :(
    One thing about the Canada Goose, it is very resistant to wind and water, and the fur trim doesn't freeze, so if you get as cold as Canada it might become a contender!

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    1. Thanks Dani! Since we are on the west side of the Continental Divide it usually doesn't get below zero in the daytime for extended periods of time. I believe our average daytime winter temps are anywhere between 5 and 25 degrees Farenheit. It seems that the majority of the coats on my list are usually rated for up to -20 degrees F, so that is a plus. I know that I will get a lot of use out of the coat I do buy, so if I were to splurge on a Canada Goose, the CPW would eventually be very low. Thank you again for offering to review your parka. I'm sure it will be very helpful as always! :)

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  3. I've tried the Canada Goose on and it is lovely, though I am not convinced it is significantly better than a LL Bean down parka or a lands end down parka, which are much cheaper. My Lands end down was also resistant to water and wind. Having said that, if you can swing it, it won't do you wrong, that's for sure!

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    1. Thank you Wendy! The Lands' End parka I bought is very nice, and seems as if it will be quite warm. I just know that the other day when I wore a shorter coat, my legs were freezing, so that's why I think I may need a longer version. Whatever coat I do decide on, I know it will see a lot of use and be a true investment piece, so that is why I am even contemplating one of the pricier versions.

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  4. Melissa, I live in the snowiest metro area in the US and can tell you that, although it may not seem the case, your temps are actually pretty mild! I don't think you need a Canada Goose, which are very trendy right now and hard to find for less than $600. I would steer clear of any cloth coats. They just get wet when you go in and out from snow to heated rooms, and they don't keep you warm in the wind, even with Thinsulate. I am with Wendy: I would try an LE or LLB long puffer with a hood to start, especially since they are 100% guaranteed. If you wear it and find it's not warm enough or you have any other problems, you can return it! Your coat will get dirty from rubbing against your car and ideally will be machine washable. Also, you will want to burn it in a bonfire in May. Every year. I understand the temptation to shell out $$$, especially with bloggers pushing the pricey brands, but I'd really urge you to start slow before taking the plunge. I hope this helps. I so admire your fortitude and gratitude on your life adventure and wish you and your family the best!!! Amy

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy! We are fortunate to have milder temps on this side of the Continental Divide. The other side of the state gets brutal weather and has already seen negative 30 at nighttime so far this year. I agree that a cloth coat is not a good option at all. I have learned that already with a couple of my jackets that I've been wearing. I really do want a puffer with a hood, and agree that machine washing is a necessity, too. LE, LLB, and EB are really great options for me, and definitely ones I will be looking into. :) Thank you again for all of your help...it is very much appreciated! :)

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  5. I absolutely love my Canada Goose Coat! I live in Alberta, Canada where the winters can be very cold. I wear my CG to walk the dog, shovel the snow and pick up the kids. It is a total life saver when the temperature drops. I was tired of being cold and this is the best jacket I have ever owned. It is so well made that I don't mind spending the extra money. It is not a coat for the mall etc. as it is too warm. I have owned it for two years and it looks like new and I wear it multiple times a week to go to the dog park. I can not recommend it enough if you need a really warm coat for outdoor activities. You will have it for many years. My husband was so jealous of my coat that he went out and bought his own.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts about Canada Goose, LizT. I have been very cold every time I go out so far this year, so that is why I have been looking into the really warm coats. I'm sure as the years go on I will become more acclimated to the colder temps, but so far it hasn't happened, and truly warm outerwear is simply a necessity for me right now. Which Canada Goose coats do you and your husband have?

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  6. I live in the Pacific NW where it mostly doesn't get as cold as where you are, but my tendency to be cold blooded and my affinity for shopping means I have a ton of coats. I'd second the recommendation for most Eddie Bauer ones--good quality, wonderful customer service and guarantee. However, my best coat for when it's really cold is a Patagonia Tres Parka. No fur trim, but it is waterproof, windproof, and oh so cozy. I also like that it can be worn casually and looks ok when dressed up a little for work. Can be pricey, but if you watch for sales on the Patagonia site or look around at sites like backcountry.com, you can find a deal. I purchased mine several years ago and have never regretted it. I firmly believe that winter coat shopping is a "you get what you pay for" kind of purchase.

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    1. Thank you WA Shopper! I completely forgot about Patagonia, and now that you mention it, I have seen quite a few people wearing their coats out here, too. Like you, I tend to be cold, so having one or two really warm coats is a must for me. I'm going to look into the Patagonia line, and will also be giving EB a further look, too. Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts! :)

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  7. I think the Canada Goose coats are amazing- great, durable quality and wonderfully warm, but around here they're so ubiquitous I would want to find an alternative (sometimes it's like being surrounded by a cult). Essentially, you should look for longer length and 80% down. I have a coat from Anthropologie I found on clearance that seems far too light and thin, but that downy layer works wonders! I'm never cold, even with the worst Canadian winters have thrown at me!
    I think you can safely go for the look and price you like as long as the downix and outer fabric work!!

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    1. Thank you so much thatdamngreendress! Knowing the down content to look for is extra helpful, and very appreciated! :)

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