I need jackets and boots. I also want more of them, but that’s a different story! I’ve been working on the needs category for 3 years now, and have settled upon a wardrobe of jackets and boots that works for everything. Well, everything in my actual, non-fantasy life!
This year I bought my first jacket that is exclusively for the summer – an unlined nylon one that is the lightest cover-up for shade, wind or sun. I wasn’t sure if I wanted one, so I borrowed my sister’s and decided that yes, I wore it enough to merit buying my own! I like this because it’s super-light and I can tie it around my waist when I go for a walk. High style, ha ha! It has a hood and will stand up to fog and mist. And I like the sporty style which I think looks good with sneakers.
For real summer rain, I still have my Helly Hansen rain coat, which is 100% waterproof and stands up to serious downpours. I have a pair of rain pants too! (Doesn’t that sound awful? Kind of like bus pants…) The problem with the rain coat is that it’s a bright coral colour, and I didn’t stop to think what I would be wearing it with. I have a red backpack which I bring to work with me every day. I recently solved this by purchasing a black waterproof backpack cover for rainy days! Unfortunately, I already owned a good pair of rain boots which are orange with blue trim, bought to be worn with my previous parka, which was blue. The coral and the orange look as though I tried to match them and failed. But I can live with that since it is only my toes poking out from under my rain pants.
For dressier occasions in spring and fall, I have a snakeskin-print coat from Le Chateau with an asymmetrical neckline. I love this coat for business and city wear. It works when the temperature is 10-15 C, give or take. It can deal with a heavy mist or light shower. I sometimes wear it with skirts that are shorter than the coat. I now believe that animal prints can be worn either as statements or as neutrals.
I didn’t have a dress-down coat for spring and fall, so I just bought a navy cotton field jacket with a plaid cotton lining. It has a tight weave that will serve between-seasons, and will easily fit layers under. It has a drawstring inside the waist so it can appear somewhat fitted. But the best thing about it is that I can add a hoodie and channel my inner Leonard Hofstadter!
I currently have two pleather jackets, one in a motorcycle style and the other quilted. I can wear either one with a light sweater or hoodie in spring or fall. I just do not know about pleather. I like the look, but I hate buying nasty plastics. Style-wise, a leather-look jacket feels essential to me, for rock concerts, etc.
I don’t wear my parka or wool coat until the temperatures fall to zero, so next up is puffer season! I have a lightweight green puffer jacket that I bought from Canadian Tire (a hardware store) – and not the Mark’s store inside Canadian Tire, either! I had tried one out from Mark’s in a raspberry colour but returned it because it wasn’t warm enough. Of course this is not serious winter wear, but it’s fine for November and December.
Over the summer, I found a puffer vest at Costco at a good price and snapped it up. I am only just able to wear it now because our weather has been weirdly warm this fall. Normally when it’s cold enough for puffiness, I want something on my arms too, but I made an exception. I like it for driving and for places where it’s cold indoors. The colour is a bright raspberry rather than the dark purple in the photo.
I do have one of the winter fleece hoodie jackets from Mark’s that is supposed to be warm enough down to zero. I think everyone in Canada owns one of these? (If you don’t have one, you need one, and they are on sale often!) They are so cozy, it’s like wearing a bathrobe or a blanket. Mine is over 10 years old. I wear it indoors on those days I just can’t get warm, but it’s great for the yard or for walks or the rink.
I did a whole post on my search for a Canadian-winter parka. I adore my North Face Brooklyn parka. I have worn it for 2 winters in temperatures from 0 to -25 with wind chills even worse. It passed every test with flying colours and is completely waterproof, too. This is one of my favourite items of clothing ever. It has been discontinued and replaced with the Dunagiri model which is almost identical.
Finally, I have a short, wool-blend pea coat (in teal) for non-wet, cold days when a dressier look is needed. The blend is not as warm as real wool. But any time I wear this, I am usually driving to an event and I’m not outdoors for a long time.
A jacket is not a jacket without boots, though. Besides the rain boots, I have 3 pairs of short boots: practical grey hiking boots, brown brogue boots and a new pair of Doc Martens Chelsea boots:
I don’t have any tall boots or any with heels but it will likely stay that way because I’m more into androgynous and faintly edgy looks these days. Maybe tall lace-ups or something with buckles and zips?
Aagh, now I want these!
Sorry to go all Consumer on you guys. Don’t you have 11 jackets and 4 pairs of boots too?