Every Torontonian knows that the right coat is the cornerstone of a stylish winter wardrobe.

We know how much we’ll be wearing it over the next few months, and so we know it’s worth investing the time to find “the one.”

Whatever your style and price range, here are a few places to begin the hunt.


Sporty

 Mountain Equipment Co-op

From the streets to the ski slopes, MEC has you covered. The beloved Canadian institution offers some of the best winter jackets for men and women, and its layerable, performance-oriented winterwear will keep you comfortable through all weather conditions and activities. With a great range of winter staples like puffer jackets, fleece sweaters and cozy merino under layers, MEC is a one-stop shop for your winter wardrobe needs. Their new flagship store on Queen West is a wonderland for nature lovers and winter sports enthusiasts, with all the camping and outdoor gear you’ll need to inspire your next adventure as well as a full roster of workshops and how-to events. As a bonus, the brand’s strong environmental commitment will make you feel extra warm and fuzzy about your purchase.

Patagonia

Patagonia stocks a great range of sleek, sporty coats and jackets for all ages, and their timeless designs and durable fabrics mean your new jacket will be there for the long haul. Pieces are designed for movement and appropriate for an active winter lifestyle, with warm insulated linings to keep you cozy even on the coldest days. Check out the selection at their King West storefront. (The clearance rack can be a goldmine.)


Chic

Rudsak

Rudsak’s luxurious leathers and furs will keep you camera-ready through the cold season. The Montreal-based brand is known for its sophisticated signature parkas and some of the best (and most stylish) jackets for extreme cold. Careful craftsmanship and an eye for hardware and design elements add interest to a timeless, neutral colour palette. Visit one of their locations in the Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens or the Yorkdale Shopping Centre to start winter off with a splash.

Gotstyle

Founded in 2005, this popular Toronto-based menswear brand offers a range of sleek jackets and winter essentials that combine fashion with functionality. Well-adapted to Toronto’s changeable winter weather, the pieces are both street and office compatible and are a great choice for the style conscious. Favourites like the Globe II Wax Touch Jacket bring a touch of class to dull winter days. Visit the Distillery District location and enjoy an afternoon browsing the boutiques.


Vintage

Sustainability is the buzzword in the fashion world these days, and what better way to display your concern for the planet than with a carefully curated second-hand winter wardrobe? Toronto is bursting with top-notch vintage stores where you can search for hidden winterwear gems. Some favourites include Mama Loves You Vintage on Queen West, Tambourine on Roncesvalles and Courage My Love in Kensington Market.


Remember that while having the right coat makes the Toronto winter easier, our cold season is still fairly dreary and blustery. That’s why it makes sense to stay as close to where you’re going to be as possible. Our central location makes it easy for you to arrive and enjoy everything Downtown Toronto has to offer!

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