Winter Coat: c/o Joules ($299)
Oversized Scarf: Nordstrom ($26.99)
Pom Pom Beanie: Amazon ($13.99)
Crossbody Bag: Mark & Graham ($74.99)
Jeggings: Abercrombie & Fitch ($78)
Gloves: Uniqlo ($19.90)
Winter Boots: Sorel ($130)
Wool Socks: bought in Quebec City, similar here ($29 – cost me the same)
Search for the Best Coat for Winter
Living in Chicago, I have learned that finding the best coat for Winter is essential. And when I mean the best, I mean the one that can keep me really warm. If you live in Chicago, you know what I mean! Right now our temperatures are 1 degree (add the windchill and it’s more like -10!) and the highest it has been was yesterday, 16 degrees (and to some that feels like a heat wave). Winter is just cruel when it is no longer the holiday season.
Found the Perfect Coat
To survive the brutal Chicago winters, last year, I discovered a parka that is seriously the best coat for Winter. That coat is the Joules 3-in-1 Waterproof parka. This coat is made for the Arctic! Chicago Winter and Arctic, practically the same thing right? Haha!
I tested this coat out when we were in Quebec City about a month and a half ago. Canada gets cold pretty early on in the season, so I knew it was the perfect place to wear it. These photos were taken at the Montmorency Falls and boy was it a very cold day. I can’t remember the temperatures, but I knew we could not be outside that long! And the fact that we were right by the water, made it that much colder!
I highly doubt that I will be outside for 2 hours straight during the Winter like what we did at Montmorency Falls, but the coat proved to keep me warm enough. Staying outside for more than 2 hours would be a bit excessive for me.
Why This Parka is the Best Coat for Winter
If you haven’t noticed by the name, this coat is basically 3 coats in 1. There are 2 layers of this coat which is why it is made for the Arctic. The interior is a puffer coat. So if you still want to be warm but don’t need as many layers, there are interior zippers that can be undone and you can wear the puffer coat by itself. How cool is that! Or, for ‘warmer days’, or getting close to Spring, you can just wear the top layer on its own.
3 options to wear this coat
- Wear both layers as a Winter parka for freezing temperatures.
- Wear the puffer layer as a puffer coat for cold but not freezing temperatures.
- Wear the top layer as a Spring jacket or rain coat for spring-like temperatures.
Each layer of the coat is waterproof. So for rainy days, slushy snowy days, or days to go see a gigantic waterfall, you will for sure stay dry. Nothing worse than being cold and wet!
Sizing of the Coat
I normally wear a size small, even in winter coats. Usually there is room to give. For this coat, I am wearing a size 8. The size 8 is equivalent to US size 4, which is the same as a size small. The coat still had room to wear a sweater (I am wearing a turtleneck sweater under the coat), but it did feel more snug compared to my other Winter coats. I am assuming the layers made it slightly more snug. I have another coat from Joules and it is a size 8 and it was roomier than this coat. So I recommend sizing up. I probably would go with a size 10 in the future. But seriously the size 8 is not a big deal. I can still wear a thick sweater and move around comfortably.
Hope you guys find this helpful! I also hope you all are staying warm!