There are certain style pieces that you own not because you necessarily want them, but because you need them. A pair of Wellies rain boots, for example. No one really enjoys putting on a pair of big rain boots, but on those days when it is down pouring, you’re damn glad to have a pair. The polar vortex-proof parka is another such item. Sure, we’d all love to just stay at home and Netflix and chill when the temperature drops to single digits. Unfortunately life, and your boss, doesn’t work like that.
In many cases, a heavy winter jacket acts as a suit or armor, protecting you against the elements. Like armor, you don’t want to have any nicks in your coat, lest you get stabbed with Valyrian steel and/or large amounts of snow. And while we may want to deceive ourselves into thinking that spring is just around the corner, that is nothing more than “alternative facts” and there are plenty of winter storms to come.
Fortunately, there is no questioning the truth that these seven jackets will help you survive winter in style.
1. SNOW PEAK DOWN PULLOVER
Being comfortable in blizzard-like conditions is about more than warmth. When the weather is particularly brutal, you also have to factor in cozy. In that regard, Snow Peak’s pullover is more like a sleeping bag than a jacket. But some of the things that make it cozy also make it look particularly stylish, like the hem that is longer in the back than the front and the asymetrical zipper. The fabric is also woven with Kevlar, making it flame retardant, although we hope you’ll never need to use that feature.
2. BIRVIN UNIFORM X KINFOLK N3B
Japanese brand Birvin Uniform teamed up with Kinfolk on this parka that pulls off the “all black everything” look to a tee. Placing the fuzzy sherpa material on the outside of the coat gives it an incredible texture while still keeping you warm. The hood is also sherpa-lined and oversized so you can stay in your own little world on those days when you don’t even want to deal with the crappy weather.
3. VISVIM DOTERA DOWN
Visvim designer Hiroki Nakamura has an exceptional eye for reinterpreting classic pieces from Japanese and American culture. Case in point: This down jacket that is styled like a kimono. Details like the tie closure and extended ribbed collar set this apart from any other down jacket out there. But even though it’s a unique look, it doesn’t feel garish or costume-y.
4. PATAGONIA STRETCH NANO STORM
Most winter sports athletes still opt for a layering system, wearing a warm jacket for insulation underneath a shell for weather protection. The Nano Storm removes the need for two layers. Everything about the jacket, from the insulation to the cut around the shoulders to the waterproof outer fabric, is built to move. So no matter what your sport of choice (it’s cool if you want to count brunching as a sport), you’ll be able to do it without any restrictions.
5. MONCLER CLAMART
$1,525, moncler.com French outerwear brand is perhaps best known for its down jackets with a shiny, “wet” look. But they can also be a little too reminiscent of the shiny suits P.Diddy and Ma$e used to wear. The geometric camouflage print on this coat is a far better choice. While not exactly matte, the sheen is more muted and tiny triangles of blue around the collar add the ideal contrast to the camo.
6. FJALLRAVEN GREENLAND
$500, fjallraven.us The beauty of Fjallraven jackets is that they have the vintage styling of outdoor jackets from the ‘60s and '70s (an easy thing to do when you’re a company that started in 1960) but all of the modern tech one needs. The Greenland is water resistant and filled with down to for warmth. But the best part is the abundance of pockets to hold everything from your gloves to your hat to those tiny packs of tissues that are a real winter essential.
7. CANADA GOOSE X VETEMENTS MACMILLAN
Even though they’ve long had a loyal following among stylish gentlemen, Canada Goose jackets have always been more about function than form. But Canada Goose’s collaboration with of-the-moment fashion brand Vetements represents a bold departure, both with its reversible camo patterns and billowy unbalanced silhouette.