A coat for all seasons

A coat for all seasons

A coat for all seasons, is there such a thing? I am still searching.

How many coats does it take to survive a Chicago winter? My fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Kathy Mathews,  models fourteen examples in her wonderful post!  You can read it here.

Spring weather also has its challenges. Days of sun, days of rain. Sun and 60’s, rain and 40’s.  Rain and 70’s, sun and 50’s.  Alas, I cannot model my many black coats of May, but I will attempt to describe them for you. This past week, all but one of them had their day—

1. All-purpose black winter parka–This is the coat that gets me through the winter. It is simple, sporty, and allows for layering. It is designed for men, so it also has interior pockets. I  wear this one from November through April. Yes, I wore it again on Friday.

2. Giant black raincoat with hood–It’s giant because it’s a size XXL, but with the sleeves shortened, it looks almost chic, like a Japanese design from the 80’s. It has a hood, a zipper close, a drawstring, and pockets. It is for serious downpours, and yes, it has gotten a lot of wear this month!

3. Short waterproof jacket–It is black and very minimal design, with velcro close.  This is for light rain, or when you might wear a windbreaker like the one pictured above.

4. Black fleece hoodie–This can be worn an an outer layer on a cool day, but it is not waterproof, so it can also be worn as a liner with 1, 2 or 3 above.

5.  Wool knit swing coat. For those dressy occasions when a hoodie won’t do.  This one doesn’t get much wearing, but maybe one of these days…

6. Light linen jacket with pockets–this is the little red convertible of black jackets. It’s what I wear when it’s sunny and 72 degrees and a beautiful day in May.  Easy and breezy, it has a timeless look and it will probably last forever.

I’m sure you have many coats to meet the challenges of  May weather,  too. Have you found a coat for all seasons?



Filed under: seasons, weather

Tags: hoodie, parka, raincoat, spring


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  • All seasons, no. I'd settle for all hours! But thanks for a great list of ideas. My main "winter" coat -- still not on the sidelines yet -- is several sizes bigger than the layers I add under it, so we'd match if you wore no. 2. Cheers for a great post!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Cheers and thank you! While coats may have their seasons, friendship is rain or shine.

  • I love coats! Thanks for the shout out! I think in Chicago a coat for all seasons would have to have two zip out linings!

    In the meantime I will keep collecting coats!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    You are so inspiring, Kathy, thank you! Yes, I will keep collecting coats, too...

  • There may be problems if you did have one. Look what happened to Thomas More.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Oh AW, truly he was a man for all seasons!

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