I’ve grown up wearing lots of different types of jackets in the Pacific Northwest. Our weather can range from dreary, to raining, to snow (if you frequently visit the mountains), and more. While our temperatures stay moderate through the fall all and spring season, you still must be equipped for the changing weather.
One mistake people make when visiting the Pacific Northwest for the first time is not packing the appropriate coats for their trip. Depending if you plan on hiking, exploring the city, the wineries outside of Seattle, and how much you plan to spend time outside, you’re going to need different types of fall and winter coats. I always recommend checking the weather forecast before you adventure to the PNW. I also recommend making sure you’re packing the right type of coats and outerwear for your trip.
If you’re heading to the Pacific Northwest this fall or winter, here are:
5 types of fall and winter coats to bring with you.
The Puffy Jacket
It does get chilly in the PNW during fall and winter. Having a puffy jacket, or a jacket that uses synthetic insulation, is helpful to have in your suitcase. One of my favorite puff jackets this season is from J. Crew. Their PrimaLoft puff jackets, vests, and accessories contains sustainable materials like organic cotton and recycled polyester (source: J. Crew).
I’m wearing a size XS in it fit me perfectly! You can style it with a simple turtleneck sweater like me or other chunky sweaters and scarves.
The Rain Coat
If you’re heading to the Greater Seattle or anywhere in Western Washington, packing a raincoat is a must. My biggest tip is to make sure that your coat is waterproof, not water repellent and not water-resistant.
Water-resistant coats and jackets have the lowest level of water/rain protection. They usually have a light substance that makes it difficult for water to get inside the coat, but it is still not waterproof. If you’re hiking, exploring the city, or just hanging outside while it’s raining for an extended amount of time, you will get wet with a water-resistant coat.
Waterproof coats offer the most or the highest level of water/rain protection. A lot of PNW residents wear waterproof jackets from Columbia, North Face, Eddie Bauer, and Patagonia.
The Quilted Coat
If you’re looking for a stylish fall and winter coat for your Pacific Northwest trip, I recommend adding a quilted coat to your wardrobe. You can find quilted jackets made in various materials. If you’re looking to stand out, I would recommend checking out patchwork and bomber quilted jackets.
The Winter Jacket
If you’re looking for a true winter jacket, I recommend exploring down jackets, insulated jackets, and parkas (jackets that go past your waist). If you’re looking to figure out which winter jacket is best for you, REI has a great article that breakdown down vs. synthetic materials and coats.
The Soft Shell Jacket
Depending on the weather, a soft-shell jacket might be enough to wear around the PNW or might be a layering jacket if you’re headed up to the mountains. Soft-shell jackets are usually made from synthetic materials. Soft-shell jackets are light-weight and can be insulated with synthetic materials or have a fleece or cotton lining.
Soft-shell jackets are usually water resistant, but again, I would recommend checking which brand and type of soft-shell jacket you’re wearing to check the level of waterproofness.
What other types of fall and winter coats do you recommend for visiting the Pacific Northwest?
Thank you for reading! I hope sharing the types of fall and winter coats was helpful!
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