Thursday, November 19, 2009

Design Details: Cozy Linings

Fall is far enough advanced that one can appreciate the feeling of something soft against the skin with new and ardent gratitude. Though you may think you have a decent coat or jacket that does the job, it's at this stage that a comfy lining can be a godsend. Providing the body with extra insulation from the nipping cold and buffering it from scratchy winter woollens, a shearling hood, felt-lined pocket, or flannel collar can make a critical difference in a commute, rendering it manageable rather than downright miserable. Sliding my hands into my polar-fleece pockets on a particularly painful day causes me to silently whisper, "thankyouthankyouthankyou," to whomever thought of such a thing and hope some karmic goodness finds its way to them.  If you're looking to improve your life this winter, I highly suggest seeking out textural details that'll keep you toasty.  Here are three jacket recommendations for men (ladies, soon to come).

Don't be fooled by the lightweight look. Sherpa lining gives it chill-fighting powers. Heavyweight Buffalo Check Shirt Jacket, $98 @ J.Crew.

A nubby hood for your noggin. Obey Harken Jacket in dark indigo, $163 @ Tobi.

Bonus: sweatshirt lining throughout!

Fuzzy flannel to heat your bones.  Penfield Kasson 60/40 Cotton Nylon Parka Jacket, $165 @ Tobi.

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