As a New Hampshire resident, I like to think that I know a thing or two about cold weather. It’s only early November and it’s already frigid here. Right now, as I write this at midday on Sunday, it is only 43 degrees out. Once winter comes, it will reach that point where “it’s-so-cold-that-I-don’t-even-care-about-the-temp-it’s-something-less-than-zero”. Thus, I have a little experience with winter jackets. Just a tad.
Thus, with winter en route, I thought I would write about the various types of winter jackets and their virtues:
- The soft-shell jacket. Personally, I am a sucker for soft-shell jackets. I don’t know what it is about them, but I absolutely love them. The matte material, the texture, everything. Anyhow, they are a really versatile jackets. You can wear them with street clothing, when you are working out, when you are doing yard work, and even with dress clothing (in a pinch). If you do buy one though, be careful. They can be very expensive and make sure that you select one that is water-resistant or water-proof.
- The fleece. See above.
- The down jacket. Personally, this is my least favorite. While they are nice and warm, they are also kind of silly looking. Still, they definitely have their uses. When it is absolutely frigid, nothing will keep you warmer. Also, they can go very nicely with some outfits (mainly casual street clothing). Generally, black is a good color for them because the slimming effects of black will counter-act the fattening effects of the jacket.
- The technical shell. This is your standard skiing jacket with the warm liner and water and wind-proof exterior. These jackets are not necessarily the most stylish jackets, but they have their own utility due to the weather. When you need to wear a technical shell, fashion is no longer your main concern.. I look at them as less of a fashion statement and as more of a necessity
- The overcoat. I mean, do I really need to go over this? I should hope that you know what an overcoat is. Well, make sure it fits well and wear it when you’re in a suit (or sport coat) and it’s cold out. As for the length, make sure that it is longer than the coat you are wearing underneath, but no longer than to your knees.
- The vest. While it is not really a jacket, per se, it is similar. If you need to stay warm, a downy vest is always a safe option. Plus, you can get vests in fun colors to match the outfit that you are wearing underneath. And, if nothing else, you are the guy who has the chutzpah to wear a fluffy vest.
Winter jackets are a necessity when the snow comes, no doubt. So before the weather turns, make sure that you are ready!