When the weather is doing its best to transform you into a meaty popsicle, you’ll need the best warm jackets in your arsenal. Yes this is jackets, plural. To survive a truly fierce winter, a man cannot survive with a simple parka, he needs options. That puffer jacket you just picked up will look fiery with your casual clothes, sure, but how are you going to stay warm when you have an important meeting with a client at a chic downtown brasserie? That’s why we’ve put together this list, which covers the full spectrum of the warmest and most flowy winter jackets.
But what qualifies the best warm jackets of the best? It’s all about materials and construction. For down jackets, it is always important to check the fill power: the higher the power, the warmer the insulation. (Rule of thumb: A fill power of 700 or more will be the bare minimum you’ll need if you live in a very cold place.) With dressier coats, you’ll want to look for thick, dense fabrics: think melton wools, cashmere and mohair. Bonus points if your overcoat also has technical protection against the elements, such as a windproof liner or waterproof coating.
The best advice we can give you when it comes to winter coats is to stock up often and early. Don’t be the type to try to find a warm jacket in stock the second week of February. Buy them now, while all of the most stylish and impenetrable thermal lock options are still in stock. To get you started, here are 17 exceptional top layers that are worth putting together right away.
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