Best Outerwear – Warmth And Fashion

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As much as I love to shop, I cannot stand shopping for winter jackets.  I have the absolute worst time finding the best outerwear.  I have been known to wear a jacket long past the time I should replace it simply because I can’t find a jacket I like. Living in Vermont, I need my jacket to be warm.  We regularly get below zero temperatures and that means I need a jacket that’s made for cold weather. That said, I have no desire to wander around looking like Frosty the Snowman bundled up in a puffy, unattractive jacket. So, what do I look for?

Best outerwear

Best Outerwear

  • Warmth.  I need a jacket that is going to keep me warm outside whether I am driving in the car or shoveling the driveway.
  • Comfort.  I have to be able to move even when bundled up.  A lightweight jacket that also keeps me warm is ideal for comfort.
  • Style. I don’t need to look like a movie star but I don’t want to end up looking puffy either. I am not a fan of bulky jackets.
  • Functionality. Pockets are an absolute must have. I need to store my gloves, cell phone, keys, or whatever else I want easy access to.
  • Hood. If you have ever spent an hour shoveling snow in the blowing wind, you will understand the need for a hood to prevent snow and cold air from going down the back of your neck.

I really needed a new winter jacket last year. I spent over a month looking for one and finally gave up because I couldn’t find anything I liked. This year, the zipper broke in my winter jacket and I was forced to begin my search again. I trudged back to the stores and had just about given up when I was contacted by Free Country. Free Country manufactures casual outerwear and active wear inspired by a modern, active lifestyle. Their products combine high performance fabrics and smart styling to provide the best outerwear for today’s active woman.

Best outerwear

I received the Women’s Powder Horn Power Down Jacket.  The Power Down Jacket uses natural down feathers to provide a lightweight warmth that is extremely comfortable.  The down feathers form a natural thermal barrier that traps in heat and keeps the cold out. Because this jacket is lightweight, I can still move comfortably and don’t end up looking puffy.  The accenting on this jacket really impressed me. The first thing that caught my eye was the fact that it has what they call a smart pocket system.  This system provides a variety of pockets inside and out.  There are two zippered pockets outside that work well for my gloves.  Inside, there is an MP3 pocket, a mesh cargo pocket, and a cell phone pocket.  Perfect!

The Powder Horn Power Down Jacket has a detachable hood with faux fur trim that is not only stylish but helps keep me warm.  For added warmth, the jacket has both an inner bib that zippers as well as an outer layer that snaps. This helps keep the cold air from getting inside and the inner bib is so soft!  The inner bib also extends outward at the wrists to keep my arms warm as well. If you are looking for the best outerwear that provides both warmth and fashion, I recommend the Women’s Powder Horn Power Down Jacket from Free Country.  I love both the comfort and the style.

Free Country offers outerwear, activewear, and swimwear for men, women, and kids.   Products can be purchased directly or found in places like Kohl’s, JCPenney and Sears.


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  1. Melissa Rheinlander says
    Looks great on you!! :) 
  2. Tonia L. Clark says
    You and I have similar jacket shopping requirements it seems.  I like a jacket that is cozy and warm but not bulky.  Especially while driving.  I don't like it when a coat bunches up into my face while sitting for long periods on road trips.  Lots of pockets are a must have for us busy moms too! Good post and you look cute Ellen!
    • Ellen Christian says
      I totally agree with that, Tonia! I cannot stand big, puffy jackets. Very annoying. This one is super comfortable!
  3. I love the look of this coat!  It looks warm yet it is really cute!
  4. Leslie Mayorga says
    Sitting here in Georgia with the AC on because Hubby is hot with a - you guessed it, jacket on. What a great review. I'll be needing a new jacket come fall and Free Country may just fit the bill! Thanks for the heads up!!! Leslie
  5. I love the cut of the jacket. Looks very attractive and warm!
    Lovely Ellen. Great coat and super pictures!

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