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post #1 of 15
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Hi there. I just moved out here to Philadelpha to attend the University of Pennsylvania. The only problem is that I'm from Los Angeles, and I have absolutely no idea what to wear once it starts getting cold. I mean, yeah I've been in snow and cold weather and all that, but always on vacation when it doesn't really matter what you wear. So, my question is, what do I need to get as far as shoes and a warm jacket go? I'm not talking about with a suit or anything like that, but rather with like some Diesel jeans or something. I'd like to keep it not too expensive. Thanks.
post #2 of 15
All the time I was at Penn I was kicking myself for not going to Berkeley for the weather. But it's actually surprisingly mild there. Perhaps one serious snowfall a year in the city itself. Of course, coming from Chicago instead of LA, it probably seemed easier than it will to you. Consider a parka, warm gloves, a scarf and water-tight boots with rubber soles for starters. You'll get extra use out of them on trips to the other Ivy schools, which are uniformly located in colder locales to the North. Will
post #3 of 15
a Barbour jacket would look nice too, i think. you might have to wear a hat though.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Any particular styles/fabrics/etc.? Like I was thinking maybe some type of wool coat?
post #5 of 15
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Any particular styles/fabrics/etc.?  Like I was thinking maybe some type of wool coat?
I'd suggest a charcoal wool, or wool-cashmere blend, 3/4 length single-breasted coat. It can be dressed up or down, and will last a long time. It's classic and will get you far.
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(mbmike @ 04 Oct. 2004, 10:17) Any particular styles/fabrics/etc.?  Like I was thinking maybe some type of wool coat?
I'd suggest a charcoal wool, or wool-cashmere blend, 3/4 length single-breasted coat.  It can be dressed up or down, and will last a long time.   It's classic and will get you far.
Yes -- my banana republic 3/4 length coat has lasted me 5 years now. Find them on Ebay for CHEAP.
post #7 of 15
I was in the same sort of situation as you last year when I started grad school.  No more taking the car to school.  I bought an Andrew Marc snorkel jacket (not leather, this great new material that is wind and water resistant but is matte, no shine at all) with a coyote fur trim hood.  Best purchase I have ever made.  The hood detaches, the inner liner (orange) can be worn as a jacket as well and the shell (very dark green) makes a great fall or spring coat.  Worn as a whole, this jacket keeps me toasty on my long walks by Lake Ontario.  I can't find a pic of the one that I bought but here is something that will give you an idea of what I am talking about. http://www.macys.com/catalog....D=15061
post #8 of 15
I recommend an old school REAL US Navy pea coat, the type with the plain fabric (not quilted) lining and extremely thick, scratchy, tight-weave pea wool. The new kind are an abomination. The kind I have (mine is from my grandfather) can be found at surplus stores in near perfect condition but often for as much as $70-100. Sometimes I run across one in a thrift store for as little as $10. If taken care of it will last you 5-10 years at least. Very warm in any situation and always looks sharp. Make sure it fits close and wear with the collar up.
post #9 of 15
Personally, I survived Madison and Boston winters with Andrew Marc leather outerwear (the lambskin with extra lining) over sweaters and hat with Isotoners. Actually even though it was warmer, a Vienna winter was much worse for me because of the need to be outside so much (w/o a car) and I had to bust out the wool peacoat then.
post #10 of 15
long johns. it is very important to dress appropriately, to cover one's head as it where the heat escapes the most from the body. A scarf is important as well as proper footwear like winter boots. There is no need to ruin good shoes in the snow.
post #11 of 15
Layer, layer, layer. As a Canadian, and now living in much warmer Boston, I feel that I am an authority here. (BTW, lived in LA for 6 years. Made me very soft.) For something a little more stylish, get a duffle coat. RL makes a pretty nice one, and the best designer style is by Margiela (see www.aloharag.com, where they are on sale.) My money is on the English Gloverall though. Or a parka for something more casual, but still cool. Picked up a Ted Baker sample for $30 this year, and will probaly wear it all winter. That, and a medium weight wool sweater underneath, and you are set. Also, wear a knit hat (called a toque in the true North) and gloves or mitts. Your extremities will thank you. And get a pair of goretex boots. I wear Vasque Sundowners. When there is substantial snow on the ground, you'll want a good lug sole and something really waterproof. No Prada Sports, you hear? They don't get real weather in Italy.
post #12 of 15
I have to agree with LA Guy on the boots. Between Boston and New York, I see plenty of crappy weather - a pair of sh*tkickers is some of the best money I have ever spent. Mine are Sorels. What they lack in style (and they do lack style) they more than make up in warmth and dryness.
post #13 of 15
Sorel Boots all the way actually, somehow they became in fashion these past seasons....
post #14 of 15
Repeat post since this is a more apt topic... Sierra Trading post has Gloverall duffel coats and pea coats. They look pretty nice, and seem a good deal at $199. Here's the link. My question is, they claim to be 65% wool, doesn't that seem, I dunno, cheap? Anyone have experience?
post #15 of 15
I don't know about the duffel (somewhat interestingly, I just learned, like a pea coat, another heavy woolen coat named after its fabric), but in the case of the pea coat, I firmly believe that anything that attempts to imitate the pre-70s (?) USN pea coat should be burned. It's fine if it's another design entirely but a pea coat is supposed to be made of pea wool, dammit. Not this soft breatheable part-nylon garbage. I'm sure almost no one else cares about this, but to me it's like wearing that 'pleather' crap that infested the market a few years back- just not done.
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