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I would like to ask for some advice regarding winter coats. I am British and am currently living in Canada. I generally wear trousers and shirt to work and jeans and shirt casually, with a jumper or light pullover. I prefer traditional british brands such as Crockett and Jones, TM Lewis, Pink etc.

I am having trouble in deciding on what cold weather coat to wear in Canada. Barbour cannot be worn here as the wax freezes below zero. The Canadians tend to wear ski jackets and down duvet coats which I think look dreadful with a more conservative style. I can't really wear a wool coat either as they are not warm enough and will get wet in the snow.

I know we have just started summer! but can anyone offer me some style advice for a coat that I could wear to work and casually? I really want to stay with a more british style.

Many thanks

CB
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The Russians wear fur. Maybe you might consider something like a shearling lined overcoat. Russians from Siberia say that nothing insulates better than natural furs and that even the best 'high tech' insulation will fail when the going really gets tough. If it is cold enough the snow is unlikely to get you particularly wet even if the outside of the coat were wool or cashmere.



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I don't know where in Canada you're going to be living, but if it's up in the Yukon or something, I suggest you go for the layers and parkas because when your face is freezing in a -40 blizzard, you don't worry about looking urbane. And also, long underwear is your friend. Otherwise, if you live in a big city with climate controlled workplaces and heated homes, a heavier sweater, hat anf gloves and a wool coat usually goes a long way. It's not that terrible.
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I am having trouble in deciding on what cold weather coat to wear in Canada.
Just one coat? You'll really need a couple.


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The Canadians tend to wear ski jackets and down duvet coats which I think look dreadful with a more conservative style.
Sometimes function trumps form. I could not imagine battling Canada's arctic blasts without a down parka. My choice would be Canada Goose.



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I can't really wear a wool coat either as they are not warm enough and will get wet in the snow.
A polo coat, in camel hair, tweed or wool/cashmere, will prove usefull down to 0 or so.



A loden coat could work as well.


post #5 of 5
Hmm - don't know where in Canada you see tons of parkas on guys wearing suits. Are you planning on walking outside in the winter a lot wearing a suit. Here in Toronto - more or less everyone stays in the underground PATH network during winter and for the small amount of time you are above ground, a standard peacoat with maybe a scarf is more than enough for casual wear.

If you want nice fitting clothing for casual winter wear I might look into somthing like a softshell to wear with jeans. Arcteryx comes to mind.

troop
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