It's true that we are currently heading into the warmer months of the year, but you may be surprised to find that this is actually an ideal time to snag one of the best down jackets for winter. Not only will beginning your search now provide opportune chances at scoring a great coat at a discounted price, but you also have the luxury of ample time before the weather cools to ensure you find a coat that meets all your requirements.
When taking the recent shifts in weather patterns into consideration, getting your search underway now makes perfect sense. After all, there is nothing worse than finding oneself caught unprepared in frigid conditions. Perfect for temperatures that range from cool to bleak and biting, a down coat can be the perfect solution to your winter needs and still provide you with an option for year round chilly mornings or outdoor activities where a drop in temperature is a possibility.
Whether you endure white winters or wish to simply withstand the wind, below is a guide to the best down coats for winter to help get your winter coat quest underway.
Although a jacket, the Patagonia Women’s Down Sweater is well named for its slim silhouette and lightweight layering ability. Surprisingly warm, the Down Sweater is insulated with an 800 fill of goose down and coated with a water repellent finish. The quilted, polyester shell is also made from 100% recycled polyester and is designed to weather the wind and resist tearing. Wear it alone over a T-shirt or layered with a sweater underneath for colder winter evenings.
Just because you are wearing a down jacket doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice sophistication. Burberry’s posh Down Filled Quilted Jacket is a clean, highly modernized light grey hue. This über-chic outerwear piece features a sharp looking stand up collar and smart epaulettes as well as elasticized draw cords in both the cuffs and hemline to adapt the fit to your exact liking. Although on the pricier side, the classic quality of the cut and fresh color of this down jacket guarantees you will be able to wear it for years to come.
We all have those days when the weather seems too cruel for us to get out of bed and with the Downtown Loft Parka from Patagonia, it’s almost as though we don’t have to. Reaching all the way to below the knee, this lengthy coat boasts 800-fill goose down and possesses a durable water repellant finish to shield you from whatever the weather feels like throwing your way. The shawl collar can also be transformed into a hood to protect you from snow, sleet, and subzero temperatures. With its slim fitting silhouette, you may feel like you’re still snuggled under the covers but the look is pure polish.
Get two different looks in one with The North Face's Women’s Menlo Parka. The parka features a removable belt that can be removed or cinched depending on preference. Cinch in the belt if you prefer a more svelte shape or loosen up at the waist if the weather requires excessive bundling. A hot seller and quite affordable, the Menlo Parka is insulated with 550 fill down and comes with a removable hood for even more adjustability.
At first glance, you might think to yourself that there is no way that DSquared2 down jacket is in fact, a down jacket – and in a way you are right as the exterior composition is made from 100% polyester. Although this fashion forward jacket might not be meant for snowstorms, the hidden down filled lining makes for a surprisingly warm wear. Perfect for dry cold mornings and layered city winters, the beautifully draped and heavily zippered DSquared2 down jacket is a choice for the fashionista who refuses to forgo personal style merely because the thermostat told her to.
Ideal for frosty mornings and running winter errands, the Ralph Lauren Pink Pony down jacket features a simple and elegant shape with a filling of feathers, 80% of which are down. The jacket also contains ribbed-knit lining and storm cuffs for trapping in heat and keeping out snow. Not only is the Pink Pony down jacket chic and simple, but a percentage of each sale also goes to programs that provide cancer care and prevention. Wear this jacket proudly in black with a Tournament Pony emblem and the Pink Pony logo printed in pink on the left arm.