It’s one of winter’s hardest truths—resigning to the fact that no matter which down-filled something-or-rather we opt for, we’re a) going to spend an inordinate amount, and b) going to look like we’ve packed on about 20 pounds of holiday weight (totally unfair—only 10 are legitimate).
Looking back on the parkas, pea coats and puffer jackets (ugh) of seasons past, we can only cringe at the Michelin-Man effect winter has on our wardrobe. And if you’re a fellow Canadian who has battled out sub-zero temperatures in a moto jacket thinner than the Olsen twins, you know you need to hear it—it’s time for an outerwear overhaul.
Our new mantra? If you’re gonna spend your rent money on it anyways, might as well invest in a statement coat worth its weight in street style photo-ops. Even if temperatures are still tropical wherever you are, trust us—you’re not going to want to get caught coatless after waking up to a freak snow fall.
Need some inspiration? Take a cue from our resident Cov-coat queen, stylist and designer Natasha Goldenberg. If we could have rolled her jam-packed rack of outerwear out the door without raising suspicion, we would have (kidding... Kinda). Color-blocked, animal printed, neutral… the girl has ‘em all. We’d even take her daughter Mishka’s miniature Missoni (if we could fit more than a couple of fingers inside the sleeves, that is).
“I got this coat in August,” Goldenberg told us, pointing to a knee-length camel, red and blue Céline. “I tried it on every single day and waited for the cold weather to hit!”
And while we’re not all quite as eager for the cold, getting a head start on your anti-winter arsenal is always a good call. We’ve been gleefully stocking up on fall trends like varsity jackets, although they’re neither hypothermia-proof nor, let’s face it, going to do much other than gather dust come next autumn. A foolproof starting point? Lean on your animal instincts—leopard, fur and camel are timeless staples that are worth the investment (and the warmth). We also love a signature bright color, à la Miroslava Duma, to counteract the winter blahs.
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