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I’m spending my first winter in New York City, and as soon as the temperatures started to drop in early November, every New Yorker’s favorite thing to tell me was, “You haven’t felt anything yet!” As a California girl who grew up with 60-degree winters, I knew I was going to be cold in no time. In order to get through the chilly temperatures (that still continue to drop) there was one thing I knew I needed: a real winter coat. I’ve truly never owned one before, because I never lived in a cold climate, so I did what every shopping pro does: started my shopping journey.
My wish list entailed pretty much just wanting something cute, comfy, and warm. I took several recommendations from friends and fellow editors, and the more people I asked, the more I couldn’t wait to find out my winning pick, and most people asked me for follow-up results on the one I choose.
After testing a handful of options, I settled on my five favorites and am here to share my results to help you shop, too. I tried a popular choices from Lululemon, Uniqlo, Aritzia, Everlane, and LifeLabs. Each one has its own unique thing that made me love it, so it was hard to pick a clear winner. Depending on your style or where you live, or the price point you’re shopping, one might be just right for you. Keep reading to see them on me, check out all the specs, and find out why I loved them. Take a look.