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This coat's for you

A cool alternative for when the weather gets chilly

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Brrr, it's kinda getting a bit chilly out there -- it's as though Mother Nature decided to go from above zero to -100 C on the thermometer these past couple weeks.

But I'm not complaining. To complain about winter in Winnipeg is like complaining that there is sand on the beach -- and those who act shocked need to give their head a shake... it's always cold in November in Winterpeg.

Like I always say, don't get mad at the change of seasons but rather think of it as an excuse to treat yourself to something new -- especially if you haven't done so in a while.

Think about it, when was the last time you splurged on a new winter coat? Odds are this was quite some time ago for one reason -- a great winter coat, and by great I mean a stylish and functional one, is a bit of a financial investment and there is no denying that.

Most of us are familiar with the fabulous city collections by Canada Goose and North Face, but let me direct your attention to the style-flattering outerwear by Montreal-based Mackage.

Established in 1999, Mackage's mission is to design fashionable urban contemporary outerwear for men and women because, a coat just isn't a coat but rather an extension of your personal style.

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What I love about this label is how the designers have incorporated stylistic elements into what can often be thought of as a utilitarian garment. Think asymmetrical zippers, oversized fur-trimmed hoods that resemble shawl collars and back belts for a cinched waist teamed up with ribbed cuffs and integrated front bibs for maximum wind protection. It really is fashion meets function.

One of my personal favourites is the Kay F3 down-filled coat. It's anything but bulky, totally feminine in form and still warm enough to wear during our harsh winters. The Alysha down-filled short coat is another fabulous jacket for those looking for something a bit more urban.

If you're not into fur, fear not -- the Brigid coat ditches the fur-trimmed hood in favour of a knit version that will keep you just as cosy on a cold winter's night.

Also a plus on the fashion front, Mackage has strayed away from the standard black and grey this season with hues of moss, navy and coral.

Mackage coats and jackets are available online at www.mackage.com or at select retailer throughout the city.

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following?

Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 9, 2013 D16

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