When the winter weather hits, a coat is not a negotiable. Women's down coats are made of the most insulating clothing material—down. Add moisture proof material on the inside and outside of the coat and you could potentially have an extremely unattractive coat. However, good women’s down coat should not sacrifice style in the name of warmth. The following coats do just that. They are the best at keeping the body warm while flattering the feminine form. Here are the five most stylish, windproof and waterproof women's down coats.
Chic and winter-wear have never been compatible words. Two designers, Lole and the United Colors of Benetton, have created designer down coats that are slimming, with luxurious features and the warmth of down. Lole's design is a hip length coat with a drawstring hood, two features made for windy winter days. The coat has a polyester shell on the outside to prevent the down in the coat from getting wet. (Moisture negates the warming effects of down, and makes the coat very hard to dry.) Lole's special addition to the coat are what Good Housekeeping describes as “hand gaiters” that protect the hands, but have hole for the thumbs. They seal the coat at the wrists, keeping the warmth in the sleeves.
The offering from the United Colors of Benetton shares some Lole's traits. It has a slimmer coat that is more slimming to show off the feminine silhouette. Benetton's coat is 80 percent down and 20 percent feathers to ensure warmth. The special feature on this coat is the cowl hood, a first for a down coat. The hood is insulated and offers warmth starting at the collar and covering the entire head.
Long coats are designed to combat windy winter found in many states along the Great Lakes and in coastal communities. The two top windy weather down coats are long, one of them plunges below the knee for extra wind protection. The North Face Metropolis Down Parka is a hip length with a detachable hood and slender, but warm design. The down parka is designed for utility and a little style, but also for wind resistance. The Patagonia Downtown Loft Parka falls below the knees for those extra windy days. It carries on the lightweight down tradition with a quilted polyester shell. The polyester provides a little extra water protection for light snow or rain. The coat's shawl collar allows the wearer the benefit of head and neck coverage with no room for drafts. Both coats have wind flaps along the zipper to keep out drafts
The North Face Arctic II Down Parka goes one step farther to offer more water protection than any other down coat. It has a nylon shell with a polyurethane coating known as Hypervent. These along with the coat's taffeta lining combine to provide dry warmth inside the coat no matter what the weather is outside. The hood is detachable with a drawstring for versatility.