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good winter jacket for the snow

Any suggestions? we're going with the whole fam up to massachusettes and I don't have a good winter jacket that I also need to look kind of cute! Thanks.

Fri. Feb 1, 9:12am

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NorthFace makes cute parkas that are trendy yet also warm without being as expensive as the more technical winter jackets.
If you are looking for something fancier try a nice pea coat (at dpt. stores)

Friday, February 01, 2008, 9:23 AM

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NorthFace can be VERY expensive, actually - several hundred dollars for the shell, and a couple more for the inner fleece or down jacket. Sometimes they're on sale, and then maybe you can get a whole coat for $250. But still, that's a lot of money.

Sometimes you can find them at places like TJ Maxx, Filene's Basement, etc., for less money. A less expensive, but very similar brand, is Columbia. Then you'll still get the style of a North Face, but without quite the expense. These are often at discount stores.

For the family... Old Navy often has jackets that are cute, for reasonable prices. They always have stuff for the kids, but will sometimes have things that are cute for you too. Gap is also a good place to try.

By "going to Massachussetts," do you mean, going to a city where you'll be in and out of cars/cabs/etc., and inside most of the time, or do you mean, going somewhere to be outdoors a good portion of the time (i.e. skiing, snowshoeing, etc.)? Because you'll need a warmer jacket if you'll be outside a lot, but you can make do with something cute and less expensive if you're just doing normal day-to-day activities.

Friday, February 01, 2008, 12:07 PM

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Check out Land's End. They have some great jackets, super warm and cute!

Friday, February 01, 2008, 1:16 PM

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I love North Face and their jackets are worth the investment - they are of good quality and stand up to abuse. Check out the REIoutlet online. They usually have Northface on sale.

Friday, February 01, 2008, 1:45 PM

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I live in MA and I have this coat; very warm for walking around the city but probably a little too long for skiing. In addition to Land's End I would suggest checking out REI and LLBean.


Friday, February 01, 2008, 1:49 PM

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Yes, North Face is nice, as is just about anything made with down, but, if you're just going for the weekend or a week or something, and don't live there, it's probably not worth the investment, unless you have money to spare. If you do, then great, go for it; it's nicer to have nice stuff.

I got a long down coat at the Gap a couple years ago for around $70. Stuff's all on sale now, so it shouldn't be hard to find something.

Friday, February 01, 2008, 2:49 PM

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north face for sure!

Saturday, February 02, 2008, 1:26 AM

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I live in NH and have been getting by in the coldest weather with a fleece vest and a Lands End shell. It's not about a brand, it's about LAYERS!!

Saturday, February 02, 2008, 8:24 AM

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Yeah layers are key. LLBean and Lands End both do some coats that have zip outs...nice for the range. I have a good shell and I wear a warm fleece and on really cold days wear a vest too. Hats and gloves help too...also technical underwear. This is a good time to buy stuff beecause it is on sale. ALSO, LLBean has outlet stores and if you are patient you can get some great bargains.

Another thing that makes a difference is good socks. I love Smart Wool. You pay more but they last forever and you can wash them and dry them. Got them for half price at LLBean outlet store and now I have a great wardrobe of warm socks.

If you are near the eastern part of the state ANOTHER great store is the Kittery Trading Post, in Kittery Maine. They have good quality (range of product line) and reduced price...and it is a fun store. Also while you are at it you can drive another hour to Freeport,Maine and go to the flagship LLBean store (huge outlet there too).

Saturday, February 02, 2008, 10:01 AM

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