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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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photos: Alison Cornell