Believe me or not, winters in Switzerland can be long and quite cold especially in the mountains. Since I am a thermophilic person I decided to invest in a long doudoune Moncler few years ago. Today I can tell you that this was the best investment in my wardrobe ever! Before the purchase, I did a solid research because I wanted to buy a jacket that will keep me warm and serve me well a couple of years.
Here is a mini-guideline for everybody, who wants to invest in a good winter jacket:
1. Choose the right filling for your needs.
Ducks’ or geese’ feathers or down is almost a standard. Fluff is a soft and fine bird feathers and it has a very good thermal insulation properties. While feathers are the feathers of a bird with fluff. They are heavier and their thermal insulation properties are a bit worse.
Polyester fibers – they are soft, light, dries much faster, are non-allergenic and resistant to mold. However polyester fibers are not as good thermal isolator as down or feathers.
2. Cut is important
The best known is parka – military style. Great for the weekends and if you have a casual style.
Puffy Coat – I find this fashion not only the most practical but also the most chic. Works very well with dresses and the trousers. Depending on how you accessorize your outfit, you can easily get the classy, casual or sportive look.
3. Color makes a difference
Since this is a quite an investment therefore stick to the neutral colors like black, navy blue, taupe, beige, grey etc. Neutrals work well with almost all colors and you will not get stuck in the dry cleaner every month.
4. Right size is critical
Trying the jacket once you are wearing a blazer is a very good idea. Make sure the jacket fits well on the shoulders and on the hips. The frequent mistake is to buy a jacket too tight on the hips – the result is always the same: the jacket will pull up itself to the top. Not chic at all!
5. Credible brands specialized in this type of garment: Moncler, Peek Performance, Canada Goose, Victorinox
Hope it helps!