i had to google that. difference between a jacket and a coat. turns out a jacket is a bit lighter? can be simply for fashion purposes? while a coat is a legitimate piece of keeps-you-warm clothing. got it? whoops! i left out parka. safe to say parka is in a league of its own, right? “the blizzard is coming, the blizzard is coming, whatever you do, don’t forget your PARKA!”
anyway, i’ve always had like whatever coats. i wore one for years that i got at the burlington coat factory by my parent’s old house in pennsylvania. nothing against burlington coat factory. in fact, it was warm(ish). and then i had a marmot ski jacket, when you only ever wore ski jackets, you know? (even though i’ve skied a handful of times in my whole life, but that’s beside the point.) but then i moved to massachusetts. oh massachusetts. massachusetts’ winters will make you scratch your head from your warm bed and think, “how many days till i have to go outside?” it’s the state that demands a big girl coat.
and so, here we are. i’m 31, dammit, and i think i need a “forever” coat. at least that’s what i told steve. so, i’ve done my research. and, if you’re also in need of a big girl coat, you’ve come to the right place today! hooray for you!
here are some of my latest faves + finds:
fjallraven parka// this is a great one, great brand, pretty warm (down) without being michelin-man bulky. by the same people, a non-puffy parka. steve has a winter jacket by fjallraven and says it’s the warmest. it also warms his scandinavian heart to wear the brand.
canada goose parka// this is the jacket that i’ve looked at online perhaps more than any other jacket everrrrr. what’s always stopped me? um, that price. i’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from people who really like to be warm in the winter, so i guess the price is appropriate but still! come on canada goose! anyhow, true story: i stopped a woman on the ski slopes two years ago to be like, “do you like your jacket?!” when she was wearing this one. that circle on the arm gave her away. i almost suggested we trade. anyway, if you’re lucky enough to own a canada goose, consider yourself blessed (and warmer than the rest of us). (also super cute, but not for me cauase i like my butt covered… this one.)
patagonia parka// really nice one with 600-fill power (800-900 is the absolute highest, but i haven’t seen anything about 800). a much friendlier price than the others, too.
north face parka// a parka at a fairly decent prize. huzzah, north face!
okay, that should get the ball rolling…
(and then, for the fancy days, is this jacket beautiful or what?! the dark forest one!)