At this point in the winter, we all know and love (or hate) the Amazon Coat. Or at the very least, we see it all the time. On a three-minute stroll to grab a bite to eat last week, I spotted two separate strangers rocking the ubiquitous puffer.
And while I fully understand the appeal of the Amazon Coat—it’s warm, it has a wealth of pockets, so on and so forth—it’s just not me. The appeal of the coat is not to be stylish, which, let’s be honest, is my MO. But when my PureWow colleague Dara Katz asked me if I, a fashion professional, could let her know if it was sartorially OK to wear her Amazon puffer for a second winter in a row, I came across a winter coat from Orolay (the masterminds behind the aforementioned viral coat) that truly spoke to me.
The much simpler and streamlined piece of outerwear appears, at first glance, to be just a basic jacket. It’s got the classic down fill, an attached hood and silver snaps down the front. The coat hits at hip level in the front and dips a little lower in the back, providing an extra warm cushioning for your bum. It also comes in three easy-to-wear shades: cream, black and a navy that’s actually a nice iteration of the 2020 Pantone color. But it was the removable belt that really lured me in.
As you might know, I recently admitted that I have an aversion to wearing a coat zipped all the way up, as it has a tendency to turn my petite frame into a lumpy mess. But having the option to cinch my outerwear at the waist? Well, now it just sounds like a fun way to motivate myself to leave the house when the temps are less than ideal.