BEST COOL, COLD, AND COLDER WEATHER PARKAS

It is officially cold where I live! We had an unusually long Summer this year, so I put off looking into Winter coats. Well, this week things got real; it is windy, raining, and the cold is here to stay!

Wool coats are elegant, I love them, and my closet is in no short supply of them, but most of them are not really practical sometimes for being in the chilly outdoors. So I went on a Winter coat hunt and found some great options for all kinds of cold weather. If you are going to spend $200+ on a coat that is not a ski coat, I think parkas make the most sense. The longer length gives you that extra warmth and you can actually dress most of them up, especially the ones that I found.

The North Face Thermoball Hooded Parka $230
The North Face Thermoball Hooded Parka $230

This is a great lightweight packable option. It is filled with Pimaloft which is The North Face’s synthetic alternative to down. The fit is very feminine and flattering, but if you have wider hips you may want to go up a size. I noticed that the bottom runs a little slimmer than most parkas. You can cinch the waist, which is a great feature to give you some extra shape. On the warmth scale I would say that this one would be best for cool and mildly cold temperatures. Great grab and go jacket!

The North Face Ruka Parka $180
The North Face Ruka Parka $180

This is another Pimaloft insulated jacket. I love the tailored quilting. It really looks so feminine. The warmth scale would be the same of the Thermoball. The only complaint I have about this jacket is that it runs small, especially in the chest area. I usually wear a small in The North Face, but had to go up to a medium.

Patagonia Kai Lee Parka $199
Patagonia Kai Lee Parka $199

I absolutely love this parka! It is so lightweight, yet so warm. Definitely warmer than the North Face options in my opinion. The fill is going to be similar to the Pimaloft. The fit is so flattering. It hits me right at mid-thigh and I am 5′ 5″. Love the two-way zipper! This is definitely one that you can dress up.

Patagonia Fiona Parka $299
Patagonia Fiona Parka $299

Now we are venturing into down filled territory! First let me say, I am very particular about buying down filled products. I will only buy down products that feature guaranteed responsible down. Which is why I always turn to Patagonia for my down filled coats. They use 100% traceable down, which means the down is only sourced from geese that are not live plucked, or force-fed. There is a great article on Patagonia’s website about the process they undergo to make sure the animals are not being abused. The North Face is apparently jumping on the traceable down bandwagon for their products as well, but Patagonia has been doing it since 2014. With all of that being said, this parka is so incredibly warm! I cannot say enough about the amazing fit. You can dress this one up for sure. The quilting is so flattering. This is probably the only coat you will need for colder temperatures.

Patagonia Downtown Parka $379
Patagonia Downtown Parka $379

This coat is the warmest of the warm! I was roasting after just a few minutes of trying it on. It is a bit puffier than the other Patagonias, but still has a nice feminine shape for an extremely cold weather coat. This one hits me a little below the knee. If you have a trip planned for Alaska anytime soon, this will be ideal!

I ended up going home with the Kai Lee and Fiona parkas. I think I covered now for all types of cold!

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