Buying the best winter coats
By Dan Kricke
When the weather outside is frightful and that delightful fire you keep hearing about is nowhere in sight, you’d better have a toasty winter coat to protect you from the cold. Whether you’re looking for something slim and stylish that will barely keep you warm, or a coat that is so massive you can hardly move your arms, there are plenty of opportunities to mix fashion and comfort when it comes to winter coats. You just need to know where to look.
Shop for the kids, without the kids
Nothing makes shopping harder than children who aren’t willing to be active participants in the process. That doesn’t mean you can’t shop for them. Plenty of retailers like Lands’ End and Marshalls offer free shipping depending on the size of your order. It’s a great way to get little Billy the new coat he needs without having to bring him kicking and screaming from store to store on a busy weekend.
Don’t be afraid of a well-known store
If our budgets were bottomless, we’d all shop at fancy boutiques for hand-stuffed coats. In reality, there’s no reason to be afraid of an established retailer. Macy’s and Burlington Coat Factory both have plenty of options for keeping cold winter days just a tad warmer, and the return policies are a bit friendlier than those fancy stores anyway. If you’re feeling a desire for a more refined look, there’s always Eddie Bauer, for a nice mix of style and price.
Stick to the experts
Of course, if you’re trying to stay warm, it’s never a bad idea to look at a store whose mission has involved keeping snowboarders and other winter sports warriors warm for 40 years. North Face is about as reputable as it gets when it comes to winter coats. Their gear is a little more functional than fashionable, but when you come in from a cold winter’s day and your body temperature doesn’t resemble that of an icicle like everyone around you, surrendering a little fashion for comfort will seem like the smart choice.