Word has it that the polar vortex could return in 2015, which means you’ll definitely need a good winter coat. I touched base with Elisa Dahan and Efran Elfassy, co-creative directors of Mackage, for a few tips for choosing the warmest one possible.
The Best Fabric: If you’re facing heavy snows or sleet, “you need a coat that is not only water-resistant but water-repellent,” says Elfassy. “If your coat has a peach lux shell, you’re in for a very warm winter.”
The Warmest Filling: When purchasing a coat you also need to look for what makes up the inside of the jacket. “Nano down gives your coat a warm but breathable effect that won’t make you overheat,” advises Dahan.
How to Shop: “When shopping for your winter coat, you need to make sure there’s enough wiggle room for layers,” suggests Dahan. “Bring your favorite sweater along for the shopping ride to ensure that your coat will have the shape you want even when you’ve added something under it.”