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I think if you're gonna wear that jacket, might as well be a F U red color and go all out.
Kinda inclined to agree. I love it but it’s a big departure for me in terms of colour. Just being a coward basically.
 

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Orange > red for sure for FU outerwear
 

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I have that jacket in blue and like it. Don't have a strong opinion about red outerwear, but if you're going to wear bright red as outerwear, it's probably easier in that design given that it's a somewhat classic choice for that style.

A friend of mine recently sent me a photo of himself wearing a bright red retro-styled down parka with tan Carhartt double-knee pants, a red flannel shirt, and brown boots. I thought the outfit looked good.
 

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I have that jacket in blue and like it. Don't have a strong opinion about red outerwear, but if you're going to wear bright red as outerwear, it's probably easier in that design given that it's a somewhat classic choice for that style.

A friend of mine recently sent me a photo of himself wearing a bright red retro-styled down parka with tan Carhartt double-knee pants, a red flannel shirt, and brown boots. I thought the outfit looked good.
Yeh I think you have to lean quite heavily into that style don’t you.
 

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Kinda inclined to agree. I love it but it’s a big departure for me in terms of colour. Just being a coward basically.
Red is a pretty regular colour for puffy outerwear, dunno why people here are confusing a general idea about hues and actual, historical use of colours for various items and garments and their ensuing socially learned perception. Yellow rain boots might use a colour generally seen as flashy but they're pretty normal items due to the history of fuckig rain boots production and usage. Same with your puffy jacket, colour is pretty regular...,.
 

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Difficult question to answer. Why is grey a better color for a suit than red? Why is brown a better color for shoes than green? Each of those colors are fine on their own but not always great for that specific function. I think parkas and down jackets look a lot better in orange than red, if one wants a strong color. Just a subjective aesthetic opinion… nothing more analytical or documented than that
 
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Difficult question to answer. Why is grey a better color for a suit than red? Why is brown a better color for shoes than green? Each of those colors are fine on their own but not always great for that specific function. I think parkas and down jackets look a lot better in orange than red, if one wants a strong color. Just a subjective aesthetic opinion… nothing more analytical or documented than that
Dark green puffers look pretty good to me but I guess it depends on style, skin tone, etc. so it is a meaningless generalisation. Closest stuff I have to that style is a cameraman in two shades of blue and a craig green in dark green, they're not down though so different beast.
 

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Dark green puffers look pretty good to me but I guess it depends on style, skin tone, etc. so it is a meaningless generalisation. Closest stuff I have to that style is a cameraman in two shades of blue and a craig green in dark green, they're not down though so different beast.
Yea I was simply commenting on FU colors. The bold stuff. Green, blue, all seem inconspicuous for outerwear. Great colors of course, but no so much of a statement than red (at least in my perspective, you seem to think red is also pretty common for puffer but I only see red outerwear on ski slopes).
 

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Yea I was simply commenting on FU colors. The bold stuff. Green, blue, all seem inconspicuous for outerwear. Great colors of course, but no so much of a statement than red (at least in my perspective, you seem to think red is also pretty common for puffer but I only see red outerwear on ski slopes).
Isn't that stuff pretty much mountaineering or ski stuff or its direct successor anyway?
 

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Isn't that stuff pretty much mountaineering or ski stuff or its direct successor anyway?
Yes of course but some of it translates better to non-ski use, I feel, while others stay confined to the slopes. It’s easier to wear a ski parka in a neutral color in town than the turquoise or magenta one.

A lot of outerwear and parkas i see in urban settings seem to be coming either from military backgrounds (Olive, black, sand, even camo), from workwear (blues, tans, yellow), from hunting/fishing (green, brown, safety orange), from sports (team colors, lots of black) or more recently for last 10-15 years from vintage historical expedition stuff thanks to Cabourn really (indigo, beige, orange). I feel orange parkas work well in that context or in that “safety orange” context. Just my read
 

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My puffer is orange (Cabourn) so that's that.
 

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Yeah tbh when I replied "good point" to the orange>red comment Greg made it was only because I started picturing the orange coats/jackets I had seen and really liked, nothing really more objective than that. I've been stuck on the idea of orange parkas recently myself.
 

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