As I look in my own closet, the realization that I don’t own a proper winter coat begins to set in as the temperature begins to get colder. Sure, I have some jackets but a waxed cotton field coat just doesn’t keep me warm enough, and that Mountain Hardwear fleece from college lets the wind cut right through (and it’s super un-bloggerific), and that really old peacoat that’s too big just won’t do. So while my life so far in the South hasn’t necessitated too much warmth in past winters, I will be spending more time in colder climates this year. I’ve come to the conclusion that I should take the plunge into the proper outerwear world. Right now, I’m trying to decide between something like a classic (proper fitting) peacoat or a down-filled parka. The problem is that I’m not sure if one is better than the other. So what are the things I should look for in a warm jacket?