I encourage anyone with extra coats to donate them to churches, thrift stores, or any organization that helps those in need. It is amazing how fast we can accumulate coats.
Disliking cold weather, as I do, I had accumulated too 14 or so coats made of wool, denim, velvet, leather, fur, velour, and fiber-filled cloth.
Until recently my favorite was the fur -- a mink jacket I won about 25 years ago at a store promotion. It is luxuriant, lightweight, and warm. However, wearing it has disadvantages. I have friends who frown on the sale of fur coats, and my mink is so dressy that it is generally not practical to wear.
I kept my velvet, dress-like coat even though it is a little too small. (I’ll get back in it one of these days.) I have been wearing the other four coats this winter, along with a sweater for extra warmth, until recently. I bought a new coat about two weeks ago – my first down jacket. I have worn it every day since then, and I may decide I do not need the six still hanging in my closet.
The down jacket, which is well styled, is even lighter and warmer than the mink. One reason I waited so long to buy one is that most of them make women look like the overdressed child in the movie “The Christmas Story,” kind of a puffy, dough-boy look. However, my jacket, besides being streamlined, is dark in color and slenderizing. One other benefit for buying the jacket at this time is that I purchased it for 65% off.
I am not too surprised that my down jacket is so warm. I remember visiting Noccolula Falls one day several years ago. It was a bitter cold day, and sleet started falling. As I walked back from the falls, I saw a duck sitting beneath the bushes. It hopped off of a nest for a second, and beneath it was badelynge of ducklings. (I found the word “badelynge,” pronounced “bad-linge,” on the Internet. It means a group of ducks on the ground.)
They were all nestled deep into their down-lined nest. Mama duck was exposed to the sleet, but I imagine that her own down coat kept her warm enough.
Another reason I know down feathers are warm is that I once owned a down blanket. Sleeping beneath it made me so hot that I had to kick it off. As I write this, I think that blanket is stored in the attic in case the power ever goes out on a winter’s day.
I posted on Facebook how much I liked my new jacket, and a friend from up north said she owned down pants and a down skirt. I wonder if anyone sells down hats, scarves, and gloves.
Also on Facebook, one of my sisters stated that she could not wear any down-filled clothing because she is allergic to it. Oh well, there is a down side to everything.
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