In partnership with Bernardo Fashions
Breaking news: It’s still hot in LA. Therefore, I am getting out of dodge for not one, but three cold-weather trips between now and 2020. And to help me stay cozy, I’ve found the best winter coat for travel: The EcoPlume Packable Maxi Puffer by Bernardo. (Trust me, I just tested it in NYC this past weekend.)
Why do I love this coat? Let me count the ways.
Often times when I find a fluffy, cozy parka, it misses the mark on one big thing: a longer length. While it might be true that I don’t need a long coat in Los Angeles, I’m heading to Park City, Jackson Hole, and then London. And with unpredictable weather including rain and snow, the longer length on this Bernardo maxi puffer coat will not not only keep me warm, but it’ll help to block the elements from getting on my outfit. (I mean, hello weather, I’m trying to look cute here.)
I’m 5’4″ and so coats can sometimes look bulky on me. But this one has a slightly tailored waist for a fitted appearance. I don’t feel like I’m drowning in it.
With a chic quilted design, you can wear this during the day but also to a nice dinner. (The coat also comes in navy and a gorgeous jade color if you’re bored of black.)
SIZE NOTE: I’m wearing a size small in the coat and over a medium-weight sweater. If you live somewhere extremely cold, consider sizing up to fit all of your layers under it.
The devil is in the details, especially when it comes to cold weather gear. Bernardo really got it right here:
- A two-way zipper allows you to stay warm while walking around fully zipped; unzip the bottom portion to sit down comfortably without having to remove the coat
- Snap buttons along both sides down to the hem also help with movement if you’re feeling too restricted or wearing bulky pants
- A standing collar does just that, even when the hood isn’t all the way on, so that your neck stays covered
- For even more protection, drawstring cords allow you to tighten the collar to keep out wind on the coldest of days
Now when I said this was the best winter coat for travel, I wasn’t lying. Here’s the main reason why: this coat is 100% packable. Long gone are the days when you have to wear all of your bulky pieces on the plane to save precious room in your suitcase.
To be honest, I was originally a bit skeptical about Bernardo’s claim that this coat is fully packable. But to my surprise and delight, it took only about 30 seconds to get it into its bag, even on my first try.
And you know what’s even better? When I took the coat out, it had minimal wrinkles. Talk about a travel buddy!
Now I’ll have more room in my suitcase during my upcoming trips for some shopping. 🙂