I found the best coat for Chicago winters that costs way less than Canada Goose and looks cute on petites!
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Jacket: c/o Lole (As you’ll read below, I was ready to make this purchase on my own, but Lole was lovely enough to gift this coat to me – thank you Lole! I’m wearing an XS and I can still fit sweaters underneath. A reader also found a code for an extra 15% off: FRIENDSHOP) | Beanie: Halogen (I bought this hat last year and it’s still one of my favorites. It’s also 40% off right now, so I’m considering getting it in another color…) | Leggings: c/o Everlane (Read more about them in this post!) | Booties: c/o Everlane (I am so in love with these booties – they’re so beautiful in real life!) | Bag: c/o Everlane (My go-to carry all bag. You can see it with different outfits in my Fall Capsule!)
Before we dive in, I thought I’d acknowledge what a sad, weird, confusing past few days it’s been. Even if you aren’t a huge basketball fan, the news about Kobe Bryant and his daughter is still shocking and heartbreaking. I can’t stop thinking about that beautiful 13-year-old girl, and what a tragic day yesterday was for the rest of their family, especially Vanessa. It’s such a stark reminder that life is precious and not to be taken for granted. As Lizzo said last night at the Grammys “All of my little problems that I thought were big as the world were gone, and I realized that there are people hurting right now.” I’m going to do my best to enter this next week with perspective and compassion.
Why is this the best coat for Chicago winters?
I wasn’t planning on writing a post solely dedicated to this coat, but I’ve gotten a ton of questions about it since I first showed you on my stories. Instead of relying on those saved stories in my Try-On Highlight, I thought it would be helpful to have all of the information in a blog post!
After all, shopping for a new winter jacket can be really overwhelming. There are SO many different brands, a huge range of price points, and so many different styles! When the temps dip really low, I’ve been wearing my J.Crew puffer which isn’t quite warm enough, or my Everlane puffer which isn’t quite long enough. I realized that I really needed a really strong winter coat – one that is both warm and long enough (but not too long!) to make walks with Luna more bearable. Here’s why I decided it was the best choice for me…
When it comes to winter coats, you want to make sure you’re getting a really quality coat that will actually keep you warm. And while higher prices don’t always mean more warmth, they do require a little bit of an investment. That being said, I just can’t stomach the price of Canada Goose coats. I just can’t. That $1000 is much more useful in my savings account! There had to be something in between crazy expensive and something cheap that won’t last! This Lole coat is originally $399, but it’s marked down right now to $279. And while Lole ended up gifting me this gorgeous coat (THANK YOU!), this was the exact price range and quality I was looking for before I knew they would be so generous.
Quality and Warmth
If you’re wondering what makes it worth the price, the quality and warmth are the biggest reasons. This coat doesn’t mess around. It’s made with responsibly-sourced down and the shell is water repellent. There’s also a detachable hood with faux-fur! In terms of warmth, it has 550 fill power and the insulation will protect against temperatures as low as -4 degrees! So impressive!
This is where I can be very picky. Because I’m only 5’2″, a lot of coats (especially puffy styles) are way too overwhelming on me. I either look like a marshmallow or it looks like I’m wearing a sleeping bag 😂 For example, North Face has a great reputation, but their warmest coats weren’t nearly as cute as this one. And even though it’s pretty long, it’s such a slimming silhouette that the extra length is kind of nice! I honestly didn’t think a super warm coat could be this flattering. It’s so good!
*In terms of sizing, I have an XS and there is still room underneath for sweaters. I’d recommend buying your usual size!
What do you think is the best coat for Chicago winters?
Let me know if you have any other favorite brands or styles! I’d love to hear about them!