Today our guest writer is Sammy Hallet, a blogger and content writer for Blackleaf.com, the leading online retailer for action sports lifestyle clothing and equipment. She also enjoys surfing and longboarding in her spare time and loves the outdoors.
With the cold weather now well and truly making its mark, women are reaching for their winter coats only to find that they might not be up to the job when the biting frost finally arrives in the UK. But before you head to the high street for something a bit more padded, thicker and on the face of it, warmer; give a second thought to brands that know the elements like the back of their hand. Dispelling the myth that all outdoor brands are uninspiring and ugly, some of the most stylish jackets and coats available are from brands that you’d find high on the peaks of mountains. Here’s our pick of the best functional and fashionable jackets available now.
Perhaps one of the most respected brands in the outdoors scene, Merrell know exactly what’s needed to make a jacket that’s warm, comfortable, and good looking. The Merrell Geraldine Ladies Jacket is the perfect solution to the high street Mac thanks to its slim cut and decorative cuffs. The bonded fleece soft shell is Durable Water Resistant finished and is lined with high loft fuzzy fleece to keep you warm. Cosy and breathable, this jacket is a stylish addition to any winter wardrobe.
Nixon is the go-to brand for street wear so if you’re looking for fashion and function combined then this is one to keep your eye on. Taking the popular aviator style and making it their own, the Nixon Rider Sherpa Faux Leather Ladies Jacket features a full zip to keep the cool out – not poppers as you’d probably find on high street styles, Sherpa collar for comfort and ribbed cuffs and waistband to stop the wind coming in.
Padded bomber style jackets have been a big hit this season so far, but where most fail to keep ladies warm is in the materials used. The Billabong Alaska Ladies Jacket takes those flaws and puts them right with super warm fleece lining and ball padding for extra warmth. Reversible and minimally branded, this jacket is also reversible for those days when you fancy something a little more subtle.
Plaid is a big trend this winter and if you want to make the ultimate style statement, a gorgeous coat covered in the stuff might just be the way. The Roxy Torah Orchard Ladies Snowboard Jacket is thick, padded, comfortable but lightweight too. It is heavy on technology though, so even if you get caught out in the world’s worst blizzard in the middle of the city, you’ll still be warm and dry. Roxy is the leading women’s surf brand and is worn by some of the world’s most beautiful surf babes, but when it comes to snow they know a thing or two about what works and looks good too.
Quiksilver is one of the oldest and most trusted brands in the extreme sports scene and when it comes to designing function clothing they get it right every time. Picking up the Parka trend and giving it a military twist with fake leather details and 100% cotton, this teddy-lined jacket is a casual must have for any lady wanting style and warmth in one easy sweep.