Review: Arc’teryx Patera Insulated Parka

For anyone who’s reading the news and wondering: What does one wear in a state of deep freeze? Ski-wear (+ all the Heattech) or maybe a spacesuit, that’s what. Though, when the low is minus 50, why risk frostbites when there’s shelter? But for those, like me, who are battling merely average winter temperatures in a humid continental climate, here’s an outerwear review for you:… View Post

Review: Free People Kate Faux Fur Coat

Panic-buying outerwear when the 10-day forecast shows below-freezing highs for the foreseeable future is inevitable during the coldest weeks of the year. But I am (more or less) holding myself accountable to the outerwear resolution I set last fall, though, of buying coats that are different in at least two respects from those in my possession. As I own only…

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Review: Mackage Jada Maxi Length Down Coat

One especially brutal week in a Chicago winter some years ago colored my conception of Midwestern winters. On a rational level, I know that average temperatures in Chicago are not meaningfully lower than those in New England, but that knowledge does not mitigate my fear. When I got news in November that I’d have to spend close to a month…

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An All-Season Outerwear Guide

Cold days are not created equal, so I really enjoy having a coat (okay, more like 10) for every 10-degree temperature drop–from mild mid-60s weather to below-freezing conditions. —————————–  FIELD JACKET  —————————– Field jackets are historically made of wind-resistant, water-repellent, treated cotton. In the warmer periods of transitional weather, this jacket adds a touch of insouciance to any outfit, and can… View Post

Review: J. Crew Daphne Topcoat in Italian Tweed

After months of dither, during which my size sold out, I was forced to pass on the J. Crew Daphne Topcoat in Italian Tweed last winter, a decision I sorely regretted. So imagine my delight when I found it in this fall’s lineup. A statement coat, while not as “classic” as an olive green down coat or a black wool tailored coat,…

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