Move Over, Canada Goose: 5 Cheaper Coat Alternatives for Winter
This morning, I walked from the Reg to Reynolds Club. That’s a good 0.1 mile walk.
I counted eleven Canada Goose coats.
The Canada Goose coat (and related brands such as Moncler, Mackage, etc.) are arguably some of the warmest coats on the market, but come with a hefty price tag ($900+!!) and real fur and goose feathers are by no means the most ethical, or modest, of fashion choices. This winter, instead of dropping most of your bank account on a coat that a good 25% of the student population already owns, look to these cheaper (and often more unique and sustainable) coat alternatives:
Everlane sells high quality, sustainably produced clothing. Their coats are warm, come in nice subdued colors, and run in the $100-$200 range. They’re also made of recycled plastic! I'm loving this lavender puffer coat (below), but there are a bunch of other styles and lengths to choose from!
Patagonia is the original clothing company that placed sustainability and ethical production at its forefront. Their coats are functional and sleek, and are so warm you'll definitely find yourself sweating (not a bad thing when it's -10 degrees outside). Patagonia has quite a large price range, but you can find a great coat for less than $300, like this black down parka.
I've lived in both Massachusetts and Chicago, and have endured some nasty winters. I can confidently say that my $60 Guess brand black parka from Marshalls is the warmest coat I have ever owned and has kept me cozy in the lowest of temperatures.
These are high quality, stylish parkas with nice faux fur and bright orange interiors and currently very trendy at Urban Outfitters (so you know it's a cool coat). Definitely one of the warmest coats you can find.
If you look hard enough, stores like Salvation Army, Village Discount and Goodwill will regularly have a few really warm coats in a range of styles, from ultra-industrial, to L.L Bean, to your classic parka. All for super cheap. And if your thrifted coat needs a little love, there are plenty of easy and creative ways to refurbish used clothing, just check out some of these tips!
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