Winter… yes, I said it. Although it feels more like Spring, like it or not, old man winter will eventually show up howling outside our doors #woof. As a Canadian girl living in the prairies, I feel it is a necessity to have a good quality, warm, and fashionable winter jacket – hello, we live in them for nearly 6 months of the year!! Finding the perfect winter coat can be a daunting task. With so many brands, styles, colors, fabrics, etc, your choice is truly unlimited, it can be a tad overwhelming. One thing I know for sure, is that living in the middle of Canada you need a good quality coat… enter Parajumpers.
This young company was only founded in 2005 but has quickly become very popular and for good reason. The coats are innovative with highly technological components, and above all, are designed to be functional- because winter, am I right?! The gorgeous fur on the outside AND the inside of this hood make it look and feel totally luxurious. The fur is removable but let’s be honest it’s not coming off. Oh, and yes, they do have a fur policy. If you would like to read more about their ethically sourced furs click here!
I’m not going to lie, typically I dread outdoor supervision in the winter. Yes, I do believe it is an important and necessary part of being a teacher but I would be lying if I said I loved it in the winter. It’s not the whole supervising part I don’t enjoy, it’s the standing outside for 20 minutes in the dead of winter part I hate. But, not this year, I’m actually excited about outdoor supervision!
The nylon exterior is not only thick so it will cut the wind that always seems to howl like a wolf to the moon, but it is coated so it is water (and dirt) resistant. The jacket is down filled so you know it’s going to keep you toasty warm even on the coldest of days yet slim fitting so you’re not stuck looking like the Michelin man… don’t laugh, we’ve all been there.
Typically I’m drawn to a longer coat, I like something that covers my bootie and keeps it toasty warm, but I often find parkas can be too long making me look even shorter than I am. This “long bear” coat is literally the perfect length for my 5’4″ stature. It covers my butt but also stops just above the knee to give me the illusion of being taller than I really am, which is really nice because trust me, as bad as I want to wear heels in -40 with this coat it just doesn’t fly… sorels it is!
Last, and probably my most favourite part of this jacket is the length of the sleeves. I have long arms and a small body and typically jackets like this fit me in the body but then are much too short in the sleeves, this long bear style is perfect! The European slim fit of this coat is flattering throughout the body but also fits in the arm length.
Do you live in a place that experiences extreme winters? If so, how do you keep warm!?