Unless you’re a smug resident of Southern California who can’t stop telling all your friends who live in other places about “how great the weather is all the time,” it is probably starting to get colder where you live. Last year was one of the coldest winters on record in many parts of the U.S., and this year isn’t looking much better.
When temperatures drop, it’s time to bust out the down jacket. But just because you want to bundle up to stave off frostbite, doesn’t mean you need to wear some ridiculous get-up like George Costanza in the picture above. At every price point, there are great down coats that will keep you warm and look great at the same damn time.
Under $100: Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Parka
This jacket is packed with enough down to keep you warm, but is streamlined to keep you from resembling the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
$100-$200: L.L. Bean Goose Down Parka
The Maine outfitter knows a thing or two about cold conditions and packs a lot into this jacket for a very reasonable price. It’s loaded with 650-fill goose down that really traps heat and has tons of pockets.
$200-$300: Eddie Bauer Skyliner
Modeled after a hunting coat from the 1930s, this jacket has quilted leather shooting patches on the shoulders and forearms which look good regardless of whether or not you own a shotgun.
$300-$400: Penfield Rockwell
The camouflage pattern and suede shoulder panels on this classic jacket work great together. When it’s really frigid out, you’ll be glad for the shearling collar.
$400-$500: Patagonia Fitz Roy Down Parka
Whether you’re climbing a mountain or enduring a brutally cold day in the city, this parka will keep you toasty warm. It is stuffed with 100% traceable down to ensure the highest levels of animal welfare.
$500 and up: Moncler Gamme Bleu Overcoat
If you need a down jacket that is slightly more formal, this overcoat from Moncler Gamme Bleu (a collaboration line between Moncler and designer Thom Browne) fits the bill. It comes in quilted flannel and has a refined pinstripe lining.