When it gets really chilly and the outside temperatures fall to a new low, a down jacket is the smart choice. It’s a near must in the closet, because it’s useful at least a couple times a year and prevents many a winter tragedy from happening ‒ not only in the mountains or on the ski slopes. And there are so many of “the better” down jackets, very fashionable, colourful, patch-work style, with lace, studs, glitter, pastel, fitted, long or short … All in all, there’s a bunch of models.
Similarly to a coat, a down jacket shouldn’t necessarily be dark. Don’t choose one thinking “If it’s dark, it won’t get dirty”, because you’ll take better care of a lighter one, and I promise you, you’ll like wearing it better. Style them with pompon hats, scarves, and boots, and you’ll always be fashionable and warm. You should mind the quality though, because while synthetic ones are much cheaper, they don’t keep you nearly as warm. You can machine wash a down jacket, but you do need a clothes dryer to make sure the feathers are in their places afterwards. Nothing bad will happen, if you don’t machine dry it, you only need to allow some more time for the feathers to dry through and through. Longer models are beautiful, but they can visually shorten you, so personally, I opt for shorter, but still not short, because those don’t serve their purpose.
If your wardrobe is along the lines of conservative style, and natural tones prevail, you can opt for bold colours and trendy models, which will make sure you stand out in a crowd. Two-colour models are also trendy, as are contrasting fur-lined hoods. If you prefer classics, try army green or silver grey, both excellent substitutes for black. Very light shades are also wonderful, from white to baby blue, from powder pink to mint. There are also some models with oversized florals or embelishments, which are also nice, but it’s more likely you’ll get tired of them quicker, so keep this in mind for a reasonable purchase. A down jacket is an item you don’t buy every year, so let it speak to your personality and style. There are interesting ones with shorter sleeves: they’re best worn with high-neck sweaters with longer sleeves, which peek out from under the jacket.
Oversized models look their best on the cat walk, in my opinion, because they can easily add 20 pounds to every woman, which is not exactly our goal. So mind the volume: a larger down jacket is not necessarily warmer, because a good model should actually be quite light and warm, which also makes the price somewhat higher. There are also some extremely light and unlined models, reminiscent of spring jackets. While they may look good when you put them on, they aren’t suitable for the winter ‒ you’ll just be cold. Metallic shades are fashionable at the moment, from gold to silver, but they’re quite distinct and asking for attention, so it’s really up to your preferences and style. Sometimes, a single accessory is enough to make us stand out just as much.