What: Lole Jackets
What: Had someone told me last week that there was a sleek, warm, functional winter jacket on the market, I would have broken into a fit of snarky giggles. After all, puffer jackets are practically the orthopedic shoes of outerwear. If a fashionista can't brave the cold, her Jimmy Choos should be revoked.
However, Lole's designs have proven me wrong. Designed for active women who still seek a feminine look and a slim silhouette, Lole's wares are superbly constructed and amazingly attractive. Their attention to the technical aspects of a garment is on par with any outerwear marketed specifically for outdoor sport and activity, yet the use of eco-down, streamlined design, and fun but functional additions like hand-gaiters make Lole a true stand-out.
For example, their Mahlia jacket ($180) reflects a simple, mod style that is worthy of any purely fashion jacket. The cut is extremely figure-flattering, and the high neckline evokes this season's scarf-neck fixation. But appearances are not all you get! The hand gaiters act as fingerless gloves, keeping your mitts warm and protected from rain and snow (or just adding an extra layer of warmth over your gloves). The material repels water but allows air to circulate, which makes everything from a strenuous hike to an evening stroll more comfortable. And, to add a cherry to the eco-down sundae, there is an MP3 pocket.
All of Lole's designs carry an equally impressive understanding of the needs of an active, modern woman. Which lets us breathe a huge sigh of relief knowing that we neither need to sacrifice style to get function nor risk borderline frostbite and golf-ball-size goosebumps in the name of fashion. Check out the rest of the collection at Zappos.com to pretty up your winter wardrobe.
Still searching for the right coat? Check out our guide to this season's best ways to stay both warm and stylish.