After weeks of browsing both online and in the stores, I’ve decided to forgo the initial puffy, down coat purchase. The idea of coughing up several hundred to look like a marshmallow just doesn’t appeal. At all.
I realize the practicality that’s at stake from this decision –it’s gets effin’ freezing in NYC. But really, how many days are that cold — the ones that go into the teens and below? Just a few. I’m going to fix up the lining on last years boring, black down park and bust it out when it’s 10 degrees.
And on the other days…when it’s a balmy 30 or above (this is the radical part) I’m going to wear a poncho with a super warm base layer. (I’ve got my eye on this for underneath.)
I realize this is a different direction to take for the classic winter coat. But I’ve always loved ponchos– they’re comfy… like snuggling up on the couch with a blanket. Plus they remind me of my grandmother, who knit me one when I was small.
It’s a statement– I know.
The key to pulling this off is a thin, but effective undercoat though I’m thinking it’d be best to store this one away at temps below 40.
The kimona shape to this one lends a bit of zen.
This is how the poncho is done on the high end spectrum.
Ok, technically this is a cloak – it has sleeves — but the feel is similar. And I’m diggin’ it.
And for those days I don’t feel like getting out of bed — > it’s this.
What do you think– Are you pro poncho?