DARE 2B, SKEA, SNOWMAN New York, ALPHA INDUSTRIES
Winter worthy outerwear-assuming it might get cold--- has sleeker silhouettes this season -courtesy of warmth without the bulk functional 'smart' fabrics / insulation that keep wearers dry in all sorts of weather-and heartbeat rates... moving out moisture from output activities (Primaloft Gold/Silver/Black, Polartec's Alpha, 3M's Thinsulate)-keeping wearers from chattering teeth when still, encased in stretchy easy to move in textiles embedded with wind/water stopping tech that breathes (slew of Gore-Tex® technologies, Pertex Quantum + Shield)-to name just a few name brand textiles.
AND although harsh conditions/extreme destinations require the utmost tech wear to survive...most other jaunts-whether to resort mountains or city bars...can be served by multi-tasking-fashion-y-stylish pieces-that are versatile- durable-and protective enough.
|we've reviewed several pieces from Dare 2b a Brit line-that sources highly functional fabrics -insulation branded for their own line. One of our favs the Captivate Jacket $275...love the rose gold metallic center and pocket zips, faux fur on detachable hood-detaches, with features we expect from true ski jackets...like velcro cuffs, |
SKEA majors in women's/girl's function-fashion outerwear/midlayers-a home grown Colorado brand that epitomizes stylish winter apparel that elegantly transitions its wearer into a sophisticate (that's warm)... in any resort mountain-destination- aprés ski setting-or urban avenue.
|quilted ethically sourced ultra light down-gets a snazzy silhouette in a classic 1 size poncho w/ and warmers-Michele Shawl|
|amazingly-this 40 grams Thinsulate- A line Shelby diamond quilt stitch skirt actually looks good on a women's body vs the labels that add the inches (who wants that?). CUTE-bold center zip. Satin lining.|
|versatile Hilary jacket-a mid layer or wear on its own-also good for high output cold weather activities---with insulting down core and stretchy side panels...and just zip pockets for essentials. Slim fit|
|Hilary jacket in this fabric dazzles!!! Hologram collection features several silhouettes in see me chrome fabric...also comes in vest version-same 90/10 goose down insulation and power stretch side panels.|
|RESI Stretch Moto style-technical AND super sleek ski jacket...waterproof/breathable with contrast stitch shoulder+sleeve trim, 100 grams of Thinsulate insulation, satnd up collar, metal luxe zips,|
|fixed powder skirt...even this has snazzy snaps|
|SNOWMAN New York-is a small label that has serious fashion cred imo-love their ability to make down insulated outwear is as close to sexy lingerie as any warm down filled coat/jacket can possibly be. Warm with 90/10 primo down filling in water resistant nylon shell, YKK 2 way zippers and mixed grid stitching patterns-this label has a very feminine edge.|
LOVE this Shadow New York in black-with a hood-hand warmer pockets-
|Mission NewYork-cropped top perfect layering piece-hidden hood in collar-YKK zips-insulated with 90/10 down fill|
|ALPHA INDUSTRIES-iconic bombers that kept USA military warm-keeps its 21st century wearers handsomely insulated...with vintage looking patches adorning the always in silhouettes-plus other retro looks like flight jackets-and field coats---.|
|handy details like zip sleeve pocket, hand warmer and snap close pockets, woven hemmed cuffs-waist, and weather tough materials used...21st century versions are as durable as those from 60 years ago.|