Winter Coat Options
When the weather starts to cool, I ask myself a very serious question: How will I feel stylish AND warm this winter? I don’t have to sacrifice one to the other, and neither should you! There are plenty of coats and jackets out there; you just have to be patient enough to weigh your options and find what works best. Here are just a few to get you going. Remember, choose a coat that you’ll be happy to put on each morning for as long as the cold weather sticks around.
There are numerous styles of wool coats out there–pea coats in every shade of the rainbow, duffle coats with charming toggles, wrap coats with waist ties, menswear-inspired coats with sleek lines… The list goes on and on. Wool is breathable, warm, and naturally water-resistant, so it’s a solid choice for those drizzly Portland days.
If you’re going for a classic look, reach for a trench–they cinch flatteringly at the waist, are waterproof, and can be styled in a variety of ways while still adding to a streamlined look. Be sure to get one that is lined with wool, down, or something insulating so that you feel as good as you look. Pair with riding boots and a plaid scarf for a decidedly British get-up, or pair with all black, biking boots, and messy hair for an edgier vibe.
The fur-lined coat
For the glamorous, or if you’re looking to add some luxury to your daily routine, a coat lined in fur (faux or otherwise) might add a little luxe to your look. Just remember that all-fur/faux coats are hard to maintain in wet climates, something to consider. If you’re hesitant to take on that much bulk, go for a style with a detachable fur collar or trim.
A black North Face or Columbia rain jacket is a Portland standard, but perhaps you’d like to stand out in the sea of darkness. Many big outdoor brands have a bright selection, but if you’re determined, you can score a floral or bright-hued rain coat from your favorite designer that says loud and clear that you’re not going to let the rain stop your parade. Just remember that some of the flashier raincoats aren’t lined with warm fabrics–if they aren’t, don’t forget to layer with fleece, a cashmere sweater or something similar!
On days when the weather is unbearably grey, rainy, and you have to aggressively scrape ice off of your car windshield, it’s time to break out your favorite “Bring-It-On” jacket. Definition: warm, waterproof, hooded and long enough to cover your backside! Sure, some heavy-duty styles can look puffy at first glance, but you can rock it, girl! Pair your new lifesaver with skinny jeans, ankle boots, a messy bun or pony, and statement earrings, and you’ll look casual-cool, and most importantly, feel cozy and warm.