Winter's not on its way, people; it's here, now. And here to stay this time. Temperatures below zero, wind chill making it feel a lot colder. We had our little reprieve last week, temperatures on the plus side, the grass making its last, brief reappearance until April.
Hope you're ready for it. And I'm not talking about putting on your snow tires, or stuffing the freezing rain shield into the back seat, just in case. I wrote about all that in a post last week. I mean ready for the cold itself. Ready to sally forth in the morning cosy and warm in your winter togs... looking fabulous.
And in a Canadian winter staying warm usually means a down coat, jacket, vest or whatever. Not to wear all the time necessarily, but to have when it gets really cold.
I bought my first down coat in 1989. Until then I had eschewed all forms of puffy wear, parkas, fur-lined hats or anything bulky. Yuk. But that winter I was coaching the girls junior volleyball team at my school. The season was from November to February. Practice was three times a week at 7:30 A.M., which meant that I had to be out the door by 6:30. In the dark. In the cold. Lugging my briefcase, my gym bag, my lunch, my purse, and my teaching clothes on a hanger. Sometimes (okay...often) while I was shivering and scraping the car windows, Hubby would race out to the driveway, calling to me and gesticulating with my lunch, or briefcase... or something... that I had forgotten in my rush to get out the door. Have I said that I'm not an early morning person? Anyway, the cold finally won out... I capitulated and bought a down coat. I was still rushing every morning, but at least I was warm.
Sadly, in my big, bulky down coat, I looked a little like these guys. Scratch that... I looked a lot like these guys.
Thus was my hate-love-hate relationship with down clothing born. Until then I had only hated it, but ohhhh it was so warm....creating a major internal-fashion-conflict between my desire for style and my need for practicality.
Last winter I went looking again for a down coat. If you remember anything about last winter you will remember the cold... and possibly my whining about the cold. Polar vortex, anyone?
And much of what I saw was, well.... see for yourself.
Too long and shapeless... and simply unflattering.
|London Fog at Nordstrum.com|
Too puffy. Seriously, this Moncler coat looks over- inflated. And cinching it at the waist like that just looks weird.
|Moncler at Saks.com|
Burberry Brit at Saks.com Dawn Levy at Saks.com
|DKNY at Nordstrom.com|
But I did not give up. I did not fall into "the depths of despair" as Anne (with an 'e') would say. There would be a coat out there for me somewhere. A coat that was not too long, or too bulky, or too shiny, or have too many doo-dads on it, or make me look like a bus from the back. A coat in a lovely colour, that would cheer me up on a cold winter's day. A coat that would fit properly, and not be too tight over the hips or too puffy. A coat that would be a bit fitted through the waist, and thus be flattering. As flattering as it was warm.
Maybe a bit like these.
Bernardo at Nordstrom.com Bogner at Saks.com Herno at Saks.com
But what I found last winter was not one of these. But something more like this. In fact quite like this.
|Vince at Nordstrom.com|
I love my down coat; it's stylish and practical. I especially love the colour. Burgundy is a good colour for me; it makes me look less pasty in the depths of the winter. It goes with everything... grey and black and white...and my brown Yoga jeans I'm wearing here. And it looks great with several of my winter scarves. I'm a happy down- coat-owner. You could say that my down coat and I have a love-love relationship.
Yep, my little journey has taught me the secret to wearing down clothing; it's kind of like the story of that little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead. When it looks good, it looks very, very good. And when it looks bad it looks horrid.
So if you're shopping for a down coat this winter, and I would highly recommend that you do if you live in Canada. Please, please shop around. There is a coat out there for you somewhere. A coat that is not too long, or too bulky, or too shiny, or with too many do-dads on it. A coat that will be as flattering as it will be warm.
Oh.... and don't forget to check the rear-view image. This is verrrry, very important.
Do tell.... are you ready for down coat weather? Or maybe you don't even need to worry about the cold. Sigh. Lucky you.
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