Winter isn't always just glamorous ice cold weather. Ski slopes, Christmas markets, hot chocolate and ice skating are the rewards of living in cities that see all seasons. In fact, for a lot of the time, it’s treacherous terrain! Slipping around on icy slated sidewalks and navigating your latte run in minus degrees is often the reality. For those of us living in cities like New York, London, Moscow, Berlin, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Milan and many in between, when the leaves start to take on warm hues, we know it’s time to start looking for warm coats.
Fashion survival guide
Besides being a basic survival accessory, it is also the item of clothing seen most often. Street style at a certain time of the year, is just a mass of fur-trimmed quilted coats and inventive ways to cover your head. It may be a necessity, but so is chocolate. So rather than planning a move to Mexico, we just deal with the circumstances we have, as best we can. Solving our winter worries are labels such as Canada Goose, Woolrich and Moncler.
Canada Goose, the down coat most synonymous with warmth, started way back in the ‘50s making snowmobile suits. Luckily their progression has resulted in Antarctic expedition-worthy fashion. It's one of the few brands that you'll see on both a scientist at an Arctic station and a Milanese buying bread. It’s also a brand that warms socially. With a great history of supporting institutions like the PBI (polar bear foundation) and free supply centers for Inuit community's to hand craft their own jackets and clothing. Next up is Woolrich, which has a habit of bringing to mind Carrie Bradshaw's ex Aiden, something to do with the wood-chopping, lumberjack aesthetic that us city slickers die for. Ironically, it’s the fur-framed-faced socialites most worn item, from December through to March. Both Canada Goose and Woolrich really prove their worth when its blasting down with snow and the need for a waterproof coat becomes heavily apparent.
Snow bunnies and adventurous travellers
It’s not all bikinis and beach dress shopping when planning for a holiday. For some of us the most exciting time of the year is ski season and the Austrian Alps. Or maybe the northern lights of Iceland, or Monsoon season in Thailand. A raincoat can in fact be the chicest thing to pack. If you’re anything like us, you don't resemble a Vogue photoshoot when caught mid-downpour. Moncler, as we have mentioned before, is the ultimate travel companion. From summery lightweight jackets to Aspen-ready down coats, they have a product to suit the most practical and the most highly glamorous scenario, often as one and the same. Their new season down coats make what you’re wearing underneath almost irrelevant, they're that gorgeous! What other proper outdoor coats are shown twice yearly at Paris fashion week? Which other down coat brands collaborate with names like Balenciaga, Giambattista Valli and Thom Browne? If anything, they are an inspiring testament to keeping creative under testing circumstances. A challenge we take, all the way up until buying those grippy shoes necessary for not falling over. Balancing the volume of coat to the rest of your body can prove a little difficult. A long down coat gives you a bit of flexibility, adding warmth past the knees and opening up the possibilities of a skirt, albeit with a decent pair of stockings. An A-line cut or swing shape that stops mid-thigh is a fun addition to over-the-knee boots. We have seen some nice examples of wide-legged woollen trousers that have worked well with all the volume. It just takes a bit of waist cinching and some fabric matching in order to not look like you've worn your whole wardrobe. The basics established, it’s just a matter of experimenting. We love adding big costume jewellery to winter looks, it’s a fun way to bring sparkle to a monochromatic outfit. Avoid wearing strappy stilettos in the freezing cold, it’s something we see a lot of, but the point when impractical becomes unfashionable, even during fashion week, is when you lose the feeling in your toes.
In the end it’s just a matter of perspective, or a new-season, lace-embellished hooded coat by Moncler. Simple really.