Winter weather calls for a coat that’s designed to stand up to the elements like a boss. But sometimes the conditions can be a little unpredictable. One day it’s brisk, breezy, and uncomfortably cold; the next day you can barely remember that it’s winter. And then, one day in the middle of the season, it arrives: the snow event of the year. It’s a regular occurrence for many people, and it’s important to be prepared with the warmest winter coats possible if you live anywhere in the vicinity of a possible blizzard. Here are five key styles to keep in mind as the days grow colder.
Never underestimate the power and value of a long down coat, especially when conditions promise to be treacherous. When you can’t avoid going out because adulthood simply won’t allow you to take a day off and hunker down, you’ll need to brave the elements as best as you can.
Down coats are built precisely to handle the types of weather patterns that make life tricky during winter. Blizzards can bring several feet of snow within hours, and they’re typically coupled with gusts of heavy wind. You must wear something that will keep you toasty from top to bottom. The beauty of a long length is that there’s more coverage, of course, which will make it slightly easier for you to tolerate those otherwise unbearable conditions.
Look for features that suggest maximum comfort, such as a detachable hood with faux fur for added warmth; cuffed arms to lock in body heat and keep you especially cozy; front pockets so that you can stash your gloved hands inside for a little extra comfort; and down fill, which will retain your body heat so that you stay as warm as possible even on the chilliest days. Look at the coat’s temperature rating for the final word. A jacket rated “warmest” will keep you toasty even on the worst days, so long as you layer up with a few other cold-weather essentials. You know what that means – don’t forget your turtleneck!
Let’s say you love the look of a sophisticated women’s wool coat. But despite its refined appearance and beautiful structure, it’s probably not designed to stand up to the worst conditions that a blizzard is likely to bring your way. For that, you simply need something that packs a bit more into the package.
Enter the hybrid coat, which combines the luxurious feel and elegance of wool with the functionality and sensible details of a quilted, weather-friendly coat. The water-resistant shell will ensure that you stay dry while the snowflakes gently flutter around you, and the extra features will keep you toasty. Look for the things that truly matter: an adjustable hood to keep your head dry, multiple pockets to stow your belongings, a longer length to protect more of your body, and a seamless transition from wool to polyester. You’ll appreciate the way a hybrid coat allows you to add a touch of classy style to your everyday winter ensembles.
The almighty women’s winter parka performs like a dream throughout the season – and it sure doesn’t stop when that blizzard makes its debut. Pieces from the Squall® family are designed specifically to meet those very challenging needs that the season often requires. It’s not just enough to wear something with a hood and long sleeves – although your parka certainly has those boxes ticked.
Winter also calls for a few extras, like ultra-soft fleece lining to improve softness and add even more comfort so that you can feel your very best while you’re on the move, handling your busy schedule like a pro, or playing with the kids in the snow. It’s also about the sealed seams, which are designed to lock out moisture from top to bottom. Bid farewell to anything like sleet, rain, or snow from making an unwanted appearance and drenching you. You’ll stay dry and toasty the entire time.
Of course, features like waterproof and windproof shells are standard. You can always expect that degree of sensibility and comfort of the most suitable outwear for blizzards. Features like adjustable hoods have visors and even cordlocks to help you position the topper in a way that it will never budge, even when those brisk winds attempt to blow you off your feet!
Finally, take into account the insulation factor. It’s one feature that matters the most, and it’s responsible for locking in your body heat so that even when it’s frigid outside and you probably want nothing more than to call in sick, you can handle it all with ease.