For today’s travel style post, we’re helping Reader R pick out a perfect winter coat for a variety of climates.
It’s always hot (or hotter) where I live, but during the winter I visit family in Georgia and Colorado – where it’s cold! I usually borrow a coat from one of my relatives, but now I’d rather have one of my own. Can you help me find a nice winter coat that will keep me warm during my trips and still be somewhat useful back home? And that’s fitted and looks cute? I’ve checked out some lined raincoats, but the styles look more like my mom than me.
Cold in Colorado
I mentioned this question to a friend, and he quickly pointed out that you need a 3-in-1. A what?
Well, it’s a jacket with two layers that can both be worn together (option 1) – or each worn separately (options 2 and 3).
I didn’t know that these two-layer coats were so popular, but the design sounds perfect for your hot and cold winters!
There are several sporty options that look great for skiing, but I found a fitted, cute and versatile 3-in-1 jacket so you can also use it when you’re doing something a little more fancy too.
Here’s the waterproof outer shell and the removable insulated jacket of the North Face Aeliana TriClimate Waterproof 3-in-1 Jacket. The breathable raincoat would be useful in hot weather too. And it’s all washable.
I love this combination of a navy coat with a teal liner, but the jacket also comes in super-neutral combinations of black and grey.
Here’s a look at the two jackets side by side.
I also want to mention that the North Face Suzanne TriClimate 3-in-1 Jacket ($470 from Nordstrom, Zappos or The North Face) looks like a great option if you prefer a knee-length coat. I’ve focused on the Aeliana in part because of the big price difference. But I also found the Suzanne Jacket 30% off in a couple colors at Backcountry.
And if you want to see a less expensive option, check out Eddie Bauer’s Girl On The Go Insulated Trench Coat. Several colors are on sale for under $150.
You can also check out more 3-in-1 women’s jackets at Nordstrom.
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If you’re looking for more winter coat and jacket recommendations for women, we’ve recently featured:
- a floral puffer coat in regular, petite, tall and plus sizes;
- a packable down jacket in regular and plus sizes;
- a round up of leopard trench coats; and
- a round up of dressier winter coats.
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