Patagonia nano-puff jacket (size large) | 55% post-consumer recycled content, wrapped in a 100% recycled polyester shell and liner
Frame Le Garcon jeans | 3-4 years old?
Vince blair sneakers | also 3-4 years old
Rag & Bone Nylon pilot backpack
You know what happens when you have “too many” things? Or lots of things you love? You forget how amazing some things are because you’re busy trying to wear all the other things…I just say this because I’d forgotten how incredibly comfortable these Frame Le Garcon jeans are until I wore them for the first time in awhile yesterday. I did have them hemmed a month or so ago because I was tired of the rolled up boyfriend look, so I intended to wear them, but just didn’t. Yesterday I literally wore them all day and didn’t change out of them until I went to bed. Quite a feat for me LOL.
A note on the Patagonia jacket since I haven’t featured it before: I got it at REI when they did their 20% off member coupon before going to Salt Lake City. (THE STORY behind the purchase, in case you don’t remember…) I had to get the size large, which surprised me, but of course I have to fit my hips. Overall, it’s not as big as it could be, which leads me to think that Patagonia tends to run on the smallish side? I don’t have anything else by them, except a raincoat, and I have that in an XL.
(Funny, as I was wearing this jacket – at Costco (Monday is Costco day) – I saw a table full of the hoody version for $159!! So if you’re a Costco member RUN over there and get yourself one. I’m not sure if the hoody version is shorter than mine, but a hood would definitely be nice.)
Anyway, I love the jacket, and wear it often, mostly to walk Dagny and just around – it’s not the most stylish thing out there – and find it quite warm, especially when I wear it over a wool or cashmere sweater. I chose the nano puff because I didn’t think the goose down was necessary, and going forward, I’m really trying to avoid new animal products (including leather) as much as possible. They do have a recycled down version too. The jacket itself is already made with recycled polyester and the insert is 55% recycled. Yay!
Stop that talk! Patagonia is uber chic these days and so are you!!!!! Fair disclosure, I am Canadian and our first priority in outwear is that we don’t die on the way to the car. 😉 That said, I was in Iceland this August, and Iceland specializes in their own Patagonia-esque outwear based on fabrics and designs from turn of the century (19th to 20th) Fisherman protective clothing. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I couldn’t afford anything except some hand kit socks and touques (I think you guys call them knitted hats or beanies? Not sure.) But it was all glorious.
Patagonia is the best! They are completely transparent about their factories, they give 1% for the planet every day and they just gave $10 million in sales (not profits) on Black Friday. Plus their stuff is very “in” and norm-core these days. It’s chic, Reformation did a collab with them. Their stuff lasts forever too. You look great in that Nano!
Grechen Reiter says
well, i had no idea patagonia was so chic LOL – i love the brand, and it’s the only outerwear i’ll buy at this point, because of their transparency, etc.
when i need to replace my marmot fleece i’ll do it with patagonia, but i think this thing will last forever too…
love that reformation worked with them!!
Grechen Reiter says
lol, yes, we call them beanies. i was on kit & ace the other day looking for a hat and ran across the word toque – i figured it out, obviously, but i was like, wth is a toque??
I’ve been getting my son a Nano Puff jacket every year from Patagonia since he was tiny; this year he finally moved into the adult sizes! 🙁
I LOVE Patagonia, not just because of their fantastic business practices around the environment, but that they will repair or replace anything. I had a jacket that my puppy had chewed the inside of the pocket out (maybe because there was a treat in there ;-)), and I took it back to be repaired. They gave me an entirely new jacket!
Also, I feel like their women’s jackets may run a little small. In preparing for my move to Colorado, I tried on a bunch of coats at their store, and I needed an XL, which surprised me.
It’s a total Canadianism, like poutine, although some North East Americans use it, but they are basically immigrants from Quebec. I understand that the term is used to describe OTHER types of hats/caps in various part of Europe. It’s such a colloquialism that there is no actual “correct” spelling.
Grechen Reiter says
omg. i have treat crumbs in ALL of my jackets, including the patagonia 😉
so great that they replaced your chewed jacket! i love companies like that.
it’s a shame that their jackets run small – that seems like it would size out a lot of the market…
I personally love puffer style of jackets, I think they are quite chic with the current more casual or athleisure style of dressing. Looks great on you! Patagonia definitely runs small btw for jackets. For some of their other items (jersey skirt), I can fit in a smaller size than I’d expect.
I just bought my first Patagonia this year. I paid a pretty penny too, even with the 20% REI code (also love REI’s customer service and ethics!). But MAN, is it a lifesaver on early morning walks with the pup in frigid cold new york temps. It’s so lightweight I almost returned it before taking it for a test drive (also, I feel frumpy in it and have typically gravitated towards more flattering wool coats), but I am consistently SO warm. I don’t know how I survived without it. Weighs nothing and keeps me toasty.
I am on the cusp of small and medium in most brands, and sized up to the medium. I feel its baggy in places and the arms are very long, but around the hips/butt i wish it was roomier. Maybe my curves just call for something either longer or shorter.
Debi Case says
I think the “puffer” looks kind of chic, too! I also find, in general, that winter coats of the sporting variety always run small–the only items I own in a large. The manufacturers must think we go naked because they certainly don’t leave room for a sweater!
It certainly would me! I’ve always read great things about Patagonia, but I don’t see myself shrinking anytime soon! Your jacket is cute, but seriously…there is NO WAY you’re a large!!!
The nano puff jacket is a highly technical climbing jacket. In my experience, many outdoor gear companies’ technical gear run smalls – Patagonia for sure, but also Icebreaker, Smartwool, North Face, Marmot. I’m usually a medium, but am a large in all these brands. I think they’re working under the assumption that the type of person who’s buying their gear for the purposes the gear was intended is pretty effing fit, and smaller than the US average, so they have to make their stuff be small enough to fit their target audience (which is not people like you and me who use their nano puff to walk to dog).