My Christmas List – OUTERWEAR

December 10, 2014

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indulgent? maybe… but what I’m really trying to do is give you insight to what someone on your list might like by reflecting on what I might like.  See?  I’m doing you a favor by blogging about what I want. Starting with the Patagonia Undyed Cashmere Sweater *swoon*.  Inspired by India’s mountainous north, where winter clothes are measured both by their functionality and elegance, this rendition of their classic Snap-T Pullover is crafted from undyed and minimally processed cashmere. Its straight-from-the-goat coloring–naturals, browns and tans–reflect hues only found in nature; fewer chemicals and less dyes lessen environmental impacts and result in a softer hand. The fabric’s subtle waffle knit adds warmth, and the cuffs, inside collar and hem are exceptionally soft next to skin. Details include a signature Snap-T-style, 4-snap nylon woven placket, stand-up collar and single-snapped chest pocket with a nylon woven flap to secure essentials. it’s pricey at $399.00 but look at it, cool huh?

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For a smaller budget but certainly as warm if not warmer, the LLBean Packaway Jacket is the layer you’ll reach for all year-round.  It’s remarkably light PrimaLoft One insulation is surprisingly warm, the ultralight ripstop nylon shell is treated to shed water and block wind and is a highly compact alternative to fleece… it packs into its own hand pocket.  It’s not a stretch when they call this the most versatile jacket they sell. Incredibly light yet surprisingly warm, the jacket is an ideal layer in winter and perfect alone for changeable conditions in spring and fall. Because it packs down so small, it’s perfect to bring along in any weather.

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The YOSEMITE QUILTED BLAZER is a favorite! from James Perse, this one should also be considered for only the very best on your list ($450.00 retail) but it’s a beauty.  Sure, all types of puffy coats are on trend, but this one dresses up and keeps you looking chic and warm.  This water resistant goose down filled quilted blazer has a crosshatch textured wool-like suiting fabric. I love the sport coat styling of the button front and curved bottom opening. Four-button detail on sleeve bottom is a nice touch and the left chest pocket and two front welt pockets with flap detail might come in handy if I’m wearing gloves or carrying a cell phone.

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The Copenhagen-based outfitter NORSE PROJECTS has been producing utilitarian vintage-style outerwear, inspired by the often-harsh Scandinavian weather, and giving it a subtle streetwear twist since 2004. JCrew now offers this jacket that Takes cues from classic hunting jackets, the Lindisfarne is made from British Millerain waxed cotton canvas (the company has been the specialist in all-weather cotton since the 1880s) with a Primaloft® insulated lining.  Originally designed for the U.S. Army, Primaloft is made of tiny fibers that trap air to keep you extra warm.  It’s finished with leather-tipped drawstrings, this jacket is a state-of-the-art take on a tried-and-true workhorse.  And, it the most expensive at $690.00 ouch. I do love it.

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