FINDING THE PERFECT COAT
So as I am sitting here writing this, it’s currently 5 degrees outside…in December – just slightly insane!! Usually by this point everyone is wrapping up in their thickest and warmest layers trying to escape the cold.
I’m definitely enjoying the mild weather, but living in Alberta means that real winter days are probably still on their way. Seeing temperatures go down well below -20 at some point during our winters, means that having a warm coat is absolutely essential!
HERE ARE 5 THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN PURCHASING A NEW COAT!
I usually won’t buy a coat that isn’t made from either wool or lined with down/feathers. There are many synthetic/vegan options available but I just never find them quite as warm, as they don’t insulate in the same way.
There’s nothing worse than putting on a coat and feeling twice the size. I remember the days when I was a kid and my down jacket made me look like a giant marshmallow!! Although puffer jackets are having a come-back, it’s just not something I want as a daily staple.
Buying something that is made from genuine materials often means a higher price tag – not making it as practical to buy as many styles. Therefore, having a good coat that can be worn for numerous occasions (dressed up and down) is super beneficial.
A LARGE HOOD:
I have always had a slight obsession for a dramatic, large hood. It not only helps to keep the wind off your face but it’s also just a fun look that really makes a statement.
This definitely goes back to versatility. I do have a habit of always picking the same colour scheme when I’m shopping but it’s not because I don’t love colour…trust me! It’s just so much easier to pair neutral – toned items together. Especially when it comes to something that you want to wear everyday – going for a neutral tone seems like an easier choice.
THE BANCROFT PARKA
SO…by following the guidelines above it’s easy to see why I absolutely love The Bancroft Parka.
I purchased this coat last year as it easily fit all the requirements I look for and I STILL love it as much as I did then! Call me crazy, but I was actually excited for the first snow this year, as I finally got to pull it out for the new season.
The Bancroft Parka is made from 100% responsibly – sourced goose down and feathers, claiming to be engineered to deliver warmth up to -30 degrees, but being someone who is always cold, I find I’m still not warm enough without some sort of layering.
I love large, wool sweaters exactly for that reason!
It also has a very streamed – lined fit, especially with the added waistband AND the big selling feature was the amazingly oversized hood!! OF COURSE, I purchased mine in black as I wanted to keep it as versatile as possible.
The other great thing about this coat?
It’s just one of many!!! Golden by TNA has a wide selection of different styles and colours (including vegan – made) but all constructed with the same goal in mind.
The whole line of TNA parkas are often compared to the brand Canada Goose as both brands are designed for extreme cold. I have never owned a Canada Goose jacket so I can’t say which is warmer, but I do know the price on Canada Goose is significantly higher than TNA styles.
SO…if you’re not looking to break the bank, this brand is definitely a more practical option.
Both of my sisters have actually purchased their own parkas from TNA because we all loved them so much!
I’ll be honest, I didn’t like the idea at first, as I was afraid we were all going to look like we had the same coat (typical sister problems) but luckily the diversity of this line actually makes them look quite different. All three of us also have very different body types, so it was nice to know there were options for us all.