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4 Best Coats To Buy For Evanston Winters Ranked By How Much I Will Enjoy Stealing Them From You

4 Best Coats To Buy For Evanston Winters Ranked By How Much I Will Enjoy Stealing Them From You

Winter Is Coming!

Well, young freshman, you’re here at NU and shit’s about to get real. I know you toured back in April when campus was fun and flirty, and the idea of Winter was consigned to little jokes from your tour guide that at the time seemed funny and not at all like a solemn warning from a traumatized soul.  But you’re not in the Bay area anymore, and after slipping on the ice on the way home from Poli Sci, you got hit with the cold hard reality that you’re in Chicago in December. Well, my little pal, you are in luck, because I am here to get you ready for the frigid weather, with a list of the must-have winter coats for Northwestern students, ranked by how much I will enjoy stealing them when you leave them by the front door of an off-campus party.

4. Eddie Bauer Men’s Classic Down Jacket - $89.40

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A favorite of locals and those not prone to spending huge amounts of money after feeling the cold once, this navy number from Eddie Bauer won’t turn any heads, but it’s a solid, reasonably priced option that will be more than sufficient for your first Winter in chilly Evanston.  Due to its lack of defining features, it won’t draw much attention, either when you’re out on the town with your friends or when I pluck it from the couch where you left it at your Sailing Team party and walk out the door. However, it’s lacking the “je ne sais quoi” present in more exciting options on this list.

3/10 I’ll steal it, but I won’t be happy about it.

3. North Face Outer Boroughs Parka - $420.00

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The first serious contender on our list, the North Face Boroughs Parka is stylish, warm, cute, and has a resale value that will cover my Unlimited Data plan for 7 months.  

5/10 Gets the job done

2. Patagonia City Storm Winter Parka - $499.00

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Sexy, warm, and with that Northwestern mix of basic and hipster that only Patagonia can provide, this coat will be the envy of your social circle until I relieve you of it one blustery January evening and you have to replace it with a half-priced windbreaker from TJ Maxx.  Some complain that it looks a bit stiff, I assure you, my reviewers on Craigslist say that it breaks in well. Snatching up one of these is a true pleasure, as it provides a rush that you just can’t get from some LL Bean.

8/10 An exhilarating find, worth checking behind the couch for.

1. Canada Goose Pembina Coat - $1,295.00

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You know, after a while in this game, you sort of switch to auto-pilot. As you rack up Calvin Kleins and North Faces and Patagonias, you find yourself thinking, “Sure it’s fun, but what’s really the point?” And then, every once in a while, when you least expect it, you stumble upon a Canada Goose at some apartment on Garnett, and it all comes back to you.  You remember what it’s all for. You think of how it all started: when you and your buddies skipped ETHS homecoming to sneak into that frat party and stumbled upon that beautiful Goose logo for the first time. This is it. This is why I do what I do. These beauties are the Creme de la Creme; the Foie Gras of Parkas; nothing compares. So, to you anonymous heroes, who crumple these gems in the corner of foyers at Mock Trial Fundragers, let me just say: Thank you.

10/10.

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