I am a California girl living in New York City. So when it comes to winter coats, I don’t play around. I was recently in the market for a new style. There are so many fun, fashionable silhouettes this season but I never buy them because I worry they won’t keep me warm. So I was here minding my own business when I came across Arielle Charnas, aka Something Navy’s Instagram Story. Talking about a coat she wore and loved, she casually mentioned that it was from Amazon. My ears perked up and I started doing a little more research.
The origin of the fur is somewhat unclear; It apparently started with a teacher and soon reached every mother on the Upper East Side of Manhattan before moving downtown to the POPSUGAR offices and my neighborhood.
Colloquially known as the Amazon Coat or Upper East Side Mom Coat, this Orolay women’s down jacket ($ 150, originally $ 247) is a staple in New York City. And in saying this, I’m not exaggerating: in the past week I’ve seen about 20 women wearing this coat, and I saw three women this morning who only wore it on my way to work. The origin of the fur is somewhat unclear; It apparently started with a teacher and soon reached every mother on the Upper East Side of Manhattan before moving downtown to the POPSUGAR offices and my neighborhood. Everyone I meet asks a question, “Is it worth buying?” I can answer with an emphatic yes. Best of all, however, it is seriously selling for Black Friday because of course it is. If there was ever a time to get this coat, it would be now.
I understand why mothers wanted to wear this coat. You want something that has big pockets, can withstand juice spills, and doesn’t feel too precious. It also has a large, thick, lambskin-lined hood that won’t budge and will keep you warm even in particularly difficult wind chill. And this coat is warm too. How warm actually. I classify my coats as either a 40 degree coat or a 20 degree coat, and this is definitely a 20 degree coat. I don’t know how, but it’s made from real down. I spilled matcha on it and it immediately slips off. As if that wasn’t enough, the coat has an oversized parka style that looks a lot more expensive than it is; someone asked me if it was designer and i was proud to say i got it on amazon.
Someone asked me if it was designer and I was proud to say I got it on Amazon.
If it wasn’t very clear, this coat should be bought. It will get you through this season like only a great coat can and you will be irrationally excited and proud of it, just like me. The coat is available in 10 colors, with six matte options and four new glossy options, and fits fairly dimensionally. I go between a small and a medium one, but usually buy medium coats. I took the medium in this style and it’s slightly oversized but in a good way. I’m glad I didn’t go with the little one. The style also features two side zippers that can make it tighter or looser.
I will leave you with this final encouragement. When I got to the office this morning, I started talking to a few colleagues about my writing this story. Within a few minutes, computer heads looked up and people asked if they could try it on. So, get this coat before the entire POPSUGAR office hits you.