Trendy coats are all fun and games until you live in a fiercely cold winter climate (ahem, I’m looking at you, Chicago). Enter: Canada Goose. The Canadian brand is well known and loved for its coats that offer intense warmth, thanks to down insulation and detailed craftsmanship.
When I moved to the Windy City (from Texas, by the way), I was well aware of Chicago’s reputation for having bitter cold and snowy winters. After seeing locals decked out in Canada Goose logos come November, I knew my husband and I needed the brand’s coats for the winter. I wasn’t wrong: My Mystique Parka is my new best friend, and my husband loves his Langford Parka. The long silhouette keeps my legs warm even if I have just my PJs on and the hood stays snug on my head despite harsh winds.
At $1,195, I completely understand that the coats are very pricey, but as mom always said, you get what you pay for. The coats are handcrafted in Canada and go through a meticulous process to ensure that they’re fit for extreme cold. If you’re in the market for a more affordable alternative, this North Face parka is a great option (for almost $900 less).
Styling big coats is no easy feat, but the design of these sleek, toasty jackets makes it a bit easier. Here, the three best ways to wear a Canada Goose coat and one to avoid in 2022.
1. Keep the rest of your outfit simple
These big coats are a fashion statement all by themselves, meaning they should be the focal point of your outfit. The best way to do this is by keeping the rest of your outfit simple. A pair of straight-leg jeans paired with some trendy white sneakers and a baseball cap will give your outerwear the opportunity to take the spotlight. Underneath, we recommend a long sleeve turtleneck or even a light sweater, because we’re not joking when we say you’ll be super toasty from the coat.
Shop similar styles: Canada Goose Cypress Puffer ($895); Comme des Garcons Play Low-Top Canvas Sneakers ($150); Everlane The Pima Micro-Rib Turtleneck ($40); Madewell The Curvy Perfect Vintage Straight Jean ($128)
2. Wear the Same Color from Head to Toe
No, this may not be a coat (it’s a super chic vest, which we’re also now coveting), but hear us out: Wearing a Canada Goose as part of a monochromatic outfit is incredibly chic. The winter whites pictured here are a beautiful option for a day look, but we also love this idea in timeless black. From the boots all the way to the hat, stick to the same color (or shades that are very close) to achieve this sleek vibe.
3. Pair a More Feminine Outfit with a Bulky Parka
First thing’s first: This combination is not for those ultra-frigid days when every inch of your body needs to be covered. Still, we love the juxtaposition of a dainty outfit layered underneath such a hefty coat for those sorta cold days. The patterned, sheer black tights and mini skirt create a cool contrast with the coat, while the sweater over a collared shirt will give the look a bit of dark academia vibes, too.
Shop similar styles: Canada Goose Chelsea Parka ($950); Natori Ultra Sheer Control Top Pantyhose ($32); Reformation Margot Skirt ($98); Everlane The Way-Short Shirt ($65); Abercrombie & Fitch Matte Chenile Crew Sweater ($59; $41)
DON’T: Pair Your Canada Goose with Skinny Jeans and Too Many Colors
Now, there’s nothing overtly wrong with this ensemble, it’s just not the most modern option. The combination of skinny jeans and too many mismatched colors plants it firmly in 2012 territory. To keep your coat looking 2022-ready, try one of the suggestions above instead, OK?
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