Jess Ann Kirby styles a stylish winter outfit featuring a Canada Goose Expedition Parka

Photography: Craig Mackay

Stylish Cold Weather Dressing

I can’t remember the last time we had such a cold (and snowy) December. With the exception of that record cold winter we had a few years ago, Decembers have been mild and downright warm in recent years. But this year we just jumped right into with VERY cold days, FREEZING cold nights and a decent amount of snow. It gets harder and harder to look stylish as the weather gets colder, but for now while it’s still new and we’re enjoying how festive it feels I can share some winter style that’s practical AND cute. It kind of makes me laugh when I see some of these outfits with heels and skirts in the snow. Really?! Do people actually do that? I guess I might’ve attempted that when I was in my early 20s and not making the best decisions, haha. But really, I’m just too old for that $hit. If we’re going out and it’s snowy and cold, whether it’s dinner, a party or a dog walk, I just want to be warm and comfortable. I don’t think you have to sacrifice style though. I finally invested in a Canada Goose. I’ve been thinking, researching, looking for years and decided to treat myself and honestly I’m really happy with the purchase. It IS as warm and cozy as everyone says. I tried a few different styles before settling on the expedition parka (runs big I got the xxs). Paired with a rainbow stripe sweater and colorful scarf it’s a bit brighter than what I’d normally wear but I love that it’s a ray of sunshine on a chilly day. These boots from Sam Edelman are still one of my favorite purchases this year. In all honesty, not a true snow boot, my feet were wet at the end of this walk, but a great all around winter boot for basically anything but trudging through deep snow (I’d stick to Sorels or Bean boots for that). Honestly I’m really loving this cold weather and snowy days, I know I’ll be eating my words in a few months but for now I’m soaking it all in.

Jess Ann Kirby wears a Canada Goose Expedition Parka and Free People scarf in the snow
Jess Ann Kirby styles a Canada Goose Expedition Parka with skinny jeans for a stylish winter outfit
Jess Ann Kirby styles a stylish winter outfit featuring a Canada Goose Expedition Parka
Jess Ann Kirby plays in the snow in a Canada Goose Expedition parka and Free People scarf
Jess Ann Kirby wears a rainbow sweater with skinny jeans and winter boots in the New England snow

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  1. Vanessa says:

    I’ve been thinking about purchasing a Canada Goose coat lately too, but I can’t get over how expensive they are! I know they’re probably worth it, especially considering everyone raves about them, but I just can’t bring myself to spend $$$ on a new coat right now. Maybe in 2018 🙂

    Gorgeous photos (as per usual) x

    • Jessica says:

      Yeah I totally agree. It is a HUGE purchase for a coat. I based my decision off of so many good reviews and the fact that I expect to have this coat forever so over time the price is justified? I don’t know honestly, it’s not a purchase I took lightly, haha.

  2. Clare says:

    It’s totally my computer screen not showing colour properly, but did you get the navy or the black? As a fellow east coast (but Canada) girl, I can tell you these coats are totally worth it!

  3. Gemma says:

    Such a gorgeous, colourful outfit!

    Gemma
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  4. Natali says:

    You are looking amazing all bundled up in this super stylish Wintertime outfit!

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  5. Sharon says:

    Your look is great, but did you know Canada Goose skins coyotes for their jackets. This link, from PETA, has some of the info. If you google it you will find some very disturbing photos.
    https://www.peta.org/features/coyotes-killed-for-canada-goose/

    http://www.forthewonderer.com

    • Jessica says:

      To be totally honest Sharon I did a TON of research about the coat and their use of coyote fur before I bought it. A decision I did not take lightly. That said I also happen to live in an area where coyotes are abundant. I actually woke up this morning to a text from a friend with a photo of a deer, completely mauled by a pack of coyotes. We have coyote hunters here who are LEGALLY allowed to thin out the coyote population as they are a nuisance and threat to not only family pets but farms and livestock. The way Canada Goose obtains their fur, which I know because a close friend works in the industry and has a professional relationship with the brand is through completely legal means from coyotes that would be killed regardless of whether or not their fur is used. You also can’t believe everything you see from PETA. It’s also a known fact that they euthanize thousands of animals every year and are constantly criticized for bending the truth to support their causes. They are not a reliable source of information. And to be honest, unless you don’t own anything leather and don’t consume any animal products at all, we are all in one way or another wearing/eating/using animal products. So while I 100% appreciate your concern I also think you need to know and understand all the facts. Again getting the coat was not a decision I took lightly. I did my research, but ultimately found no reason to believe the fur sourced for the trim on the coat was done unethically or in a way that was not humane. As I mentioned, coyotes are hunted regardless of their fur because of their overpopulation in many areas. Hope this helps you understand my decision. Either way you’re entitled to your opinion.

      • Sharon says:

        Do you think you could share some of the articles that you read during your research? I would like to be informed, because I like the look of these coats but have held off on buying them because of animal cruelty. I totally hear what you are saying, that we all leave a foot print on animals my concern is cruelty which is so sad. I hope you didn’t take any offense to my comment I just was wondering if you knew.
        Sharon.

  6. Diana says:

    Love your boots. I’m on the hunt for a good pair of winter boots.

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  7. Emily says:

    Completely agree with you about the Canada Goose and Bean boots – so worth the investment! As someone who is always cold – these have saved me in Northeast winters. I have the Kensington parka and it has held up beautifully for 2 winters so far.
    xo,
    Em
    http://www.organicallyemily.com

  8. Meghan says:

    Obsessed with the scarf. It would add a statement to so many different looks.
    Meghan | http://tanlinesanddaisies.com/

  9. Jeanne says:

    Very nice! I’ve admired them from afar but even here in northern Minnesota where we regularly have our fair share of -20 to -50 windchill days (*many* weeks of them this year), I haven’t seen anyone with a Canada Goose coat. Not in Minneapolis either where I come from originally and where many can afford them more readily. They are beautiful (and warm, I am sure!) but in severe cold it is less the heft of the coat and more how you layer for the outdoors with appropriate (and cute) high quality performance fabric pieces that keeps one comfortable and able to adjust to conditions and level of activity. It’s something of a science in regions with extreme cold.

    Everything here has to be highly washable as well because we are outdoors and active in harsh weather all the time – Nordic skiing, snow shoeing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and more. In the arctic I think they are practical. In most of the US they are more for being cozy, cute, and fun. Looks great on you! Next winter I will be wishing I could borrow it on occasion when I am standing still watching my son Nordic ski race! ; )