|down coat||–||Andrew Marc|
|duck boots||–||JBU c/o|
|lip||–||Burt’s Bees (Tinted Lip Balm in Rose)|
I’m parterning with Andrew Marc to share some excellent winter coat options with you. If you live in a cold climate, a nice warm down coat is a solid investment. And if you live in a cold city like Chicago, it’s an absolute requirement. I spent too many years when I first moved to Chicago shivering in wool coats on CTA platforms. Trust me, down is the way to go.
The trouble with picking out a down coat is the plethora of options available. Let me share a few guidelines based on my experience:
- Go for a fill power around 650 for maximum warmth. I have two down coats at this fill power and both have kept me perfectly warm during sub-zero commutes. For more information on fill power, see this guide.
- Never buy a short down coat. Pick a coat that hits mid-thigh or lower.
- A hood is also a requirement.
- Stay away from all-white. It might look nice in the store, but it will look dirty and grimy after one winter. If you really like white, go for a silver coat like the one I’m featuring here.
Beyond these guidelines, picking a down coat comes down to a matter of style. I like to go for a look that’s a bit more tailored rather than rugged and sporty. Andrew Marc’s line of down coats definitely fit into the the more stylish mold while remaining decidedly functional. I particularly like when a down coat has a really nice fur accent on the hood–it just adds a nice touch of fanciness to what is otherwise a very practical garment. Andrew Marc’s are all Saga certified, so you can feel assured you’re making a high quality and ethical purchase.
Andrew Marc just launched a footwear line that’s worthy of mention. It’s full of gorgeous booties of the type Joanna Gaines might wear on any given episode of Fixer Upper. I’m particularly enamored of the Madison, the Audrey, and the Chelsea.
Thank you to Andrew Marc for partnering on this post.