Fall/Winter Fashion

3 Everyday Coats for Real Winter

We’ve had a few mild winters lately, but this year is shaping up to be much more typical for winter weather here in Pennsylvania… and apparently across the country, based on the amount of requests I’ve had for winter coat recommendations.

coat (M) // jeans (29) // boots (8.5) // tote

When it comes to winter coats, you can’t go wrong with The North Face, and the Miss Metro II Hooded Water Resistant Down Parka is my most worn winter coat for the past few years.

It’s been in and out of stock this season, so I recently ordered the Metropolis Water Repellent 550 Fill Power Down Hooded Parka so I could tell you how they compare.

These two coats are quite similar, although I think I prefer like the channel quilting on this updated version. It seems a little more modern, and puffy styles are on trend right now.

The water-repellent hooded parka also has 550-fill-power down filling with a fuzzy brushed-tricot collar facing that helps you stay warm and comfortable even without a scarf.

It has hidden side-zip pockets, plus a convenient interior zip-welt pocket for stashing valuables if you don’t want to carry a purse.

The hood is removable, and the back elastic waist keeps it from looking too bulky and shapeless, but the best part is, it’s super warm and cozy. I’ve been wearing this coat on the coldest of days, even walking the dog around the neighborhood in sub-freezing temperatures, and it keeps me toasty warm.

This coat runs true to size for The North Face, so I have the medium, for reference. It went on sale after I purchased it, so inventory is getting depleted, but I have another option for you below.

But first, let’s discuss these boots! These are the UGG Adirondack, a style that has been around for years.

It’s still going strong, and for good reason. These are consistently rated among the best boots for winter weather because they’re shockingly lightweight and flexible, considering how bulky they may appear.

Plus, they’re completely waterproof and fully lined withUGGpure™ – a textile made entirely from wool but designed to feel and wear like genuine shearling. They’re so cozy and soft inside that I never wear socks with mine.

You can also flip up the top of the shaft and lace them all the way up to make them taller and warmer.

If you prefer a winter coat that’s a little more streamlined but still has the length to keep your legs warm, this Bernardo Packable Hooded Jacket is an excellent choice.

coat (S) // jeans (28) // boots (8)

I like the combination of chevron and box quilting, and it has a removable inner bib. Plus, the insulation is made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.

The smooth stretch panels on the sides create a sleek, flattering fit, and it has nice shaping through the waist.

For size reference, I’m wearing the small here, but I could probably size up to the medium and it would look a little better. I don’t like how the waist is creasing at the back.

On milder days, I prefer a shorter jacket, and I just added this Bernardo Hooded Quilted Water Repellent Jacket to my winter coat wardrobe. It has many of the same details as the longer version above, and it’s on sale for $99!

This jacket has such a flattering fit, and I did size up to the medium this time. It looks better, and it gives me a little more wiggle room in the arms, which felt rather snug on the size small in the longer style above.

Just like the longer version, it has a removable bib lining, and it also packs down to almost nothing in your suitcase, making it perfect for traveling to or from cold climates.

coat (M) // sweater (S)

It even has straps on the inside so you can carry it like a backpack, and it comes with a little packing bag.

That neoprene fabric comes down on the inside of the arms, as well as on the sides of the body of the coat, for a close, flattering fit. I also like the thumbholes on the sleeves for keeping them in place; plus, they add a fun, sporty vibe.

In addition to all of those features, this Bernardo jacket is deceptively warm. I wore it last weekend to a basketball game on a cold, rainy night in Philly, with only a short-sleeve tee underneath.

It kept me comfortably warm and dry walking to and from the stadium, and because it’s so lightweight, it was comfortable to wear inside the stadium for a while until I warmed up.

coat (M) // sweater (S) // jeans (29) // sneakers (39)

If you’re looking to update your winter coat wardrobe, you can’t go wrong with any of these options! And while I’m partial to black (obviously, haha!) they all come in other color choices for those looking to add some variety to their closets.

As always, when you shop at Nordstrom, you get their free shipping and free returns. And don’t forget about their BOPUS (Buy Online Pick Up in Store) and contactless curbside pickup options.

And if you aren’t already a Nordy Club member, be sure to sign up so you can start earning points toward Nordstrom Notes when you shop. You also get to enjoy exclusive perks like members-only access to sales, offers, and events — like the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which will be here again before we know it!

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19 thoughts on “3 Everyday Coats for Real Winter

  1. Well this post is a great answer to the question “why does one need so many black coats?”.. I will admit I have quite a mixture for our up and down cold and mild winters. I did learn something new today as I didn’t realize the pattern was referred to as a channel pattern! I like that look as well! I have a Micheal korrs black puffer that has the larger puff look!
    Glad you had a nice day yesterday. Its always nice to get out of the house😀

    1. Haha! I do love a black coat. For a while, I tried to invest in other colors, but I realized I was mostly reaching for the black ones. So I decided to just own up to the fact that I prefer black outerwear. That said, it’s good to have options, and there are some fun colors and other versatile neutrals out there these days. A white puffer coat is fun to have, and I like my camel and my oatmeal wool coats from time to time.

  2. These coats would not keep us warm in the Manitoba, Canada winter. Have you looked at the Canada Goose parkas? Lots of different styles!

    1. I’ve definitely seen them, but here in Philly (or even in Boston and Maine, where I spend some time occasionally) I’ve never felt the need for more warmth than The North Face provides. I was wondering how they compare, so maybe I should try one and see.

  3. I love winter gear! All those coats are great options especially the last packable jacket and it’s on sale! I love all the colors it comes in too. Genius. I’ve had my Adirondack boots for 4+ years and they’re my only snow boot. I did purchase replacement Ugg shearling insoles from Zappos to “re-fluff” the insides. If you’re looking for a coat system (rain/wind shell and long sweater down coat all zipped together to make a parka) then the Patagonia Tres 3 in 1 Parka is excellent. It’s 3 coats in one! I really do love winter gear 🙂

  4. Love these winter coats, I usually get a new coat every January for my birthday, they are really marked down by then!! Last year I bought a beautiful Bernardo light grey coat that is very similar to your short black one. I highly recommend it, I find myself wearing it a ton!! Even though I’m finished with my shopping, my husband and I plan to go out to the shoppes today and just stroll around and see the decorations. We are both just recovering from Covid and I need some fresh air! (masked up, of course!). Stay healthy and well everyone and be safe!

  5. Great post! I am a Canada Goose person myself. Does a great job of cutting the wind and the bitter cold temperatures. It’s a must have in Boston and Europe when I travel. I own 3 different ones. Would love to see you review Canada Goose and get your thoughts on newer styles.

    1. Yeah, I’ve just never felt the need to invest in that caliber of winter coat! 🙂 But I’ve been curious about them as they’ve gained in popularity. Paul and I were just at Nordstrom a few days ago and he asked about them. Maybe it’s time for me to give one a try.

  6. All three of the coats are great options. I have loved and worn Lands End puffer coats for years. This year I ordered one in hunter green for a change. Have a great day!

  7. Love the jacket . However I got here a little too late cuz I slept in today and everything is gone in my size every color and then the reviews stated that the red was more of a pink and so on and so forth, so it looks like I lose out this time.. I thought it would be good for me as I run around town in 30 below Temps in Minnesota and go to the gym and such, but I’m going to keep checking back

  8. I have an Eddie Bauer long black coat that looks exactly like the first one you styled that is Northface. It’s probably not as warm as yours, but we really don’t get too cold in NW Oregon, except coming up this Thursday we are going to get really cold with snow and ice. We travel for Christmas to my daughters on Friday over a mountain range so I’m alittle concerned on the timing of this storm. Ugh. So, I hope my coat keeps me warm. Lol. I just got it last year on the after Christmas sale for $60. I love the short style you posted too. I’ve been looking for one that is lighter weight like this. Thanks.

  9. I did but the Bernardo shorter jacket and walked with a friend in the rain. We stopped at a coffeeshop and when I took the jacket off I was COMPLETELY soaked!
    I took it back. If you need something for the rain this is not a good choice. It has a great cut and style but once it gets wet you will get very cold.
    Do you recommend any waterproof jackets?

  10. The shorter Bernardo jacket is so cute but the description on website states “water resistant” not “waterproof” which would probably protect in a light sprinkle. I have a Bernardo down longer coat I’ve had 3-4 years which is very warm but would not wear in the pouring rain; this coat is very warm but quite puffy which keeps me from wearing unless it is very cold. I just ordered the longer Bernardo coat pictured above in black (do not have a black coat)like that it is a fitted style and need one to cover my legs, I am discovering as I get older that is important!
    Thanks Jolynn for your styling advise as always!

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