Let’s face it, women are all about appearances. We will sacrifice aching feet for a pair of cute shoes and freeze to death before we put a jacket over our fabulous dress. We choose fashion over function every time. Do we ever get both in one item? That just seems too good to be true but it was love at first sight for me and this incredible Women’s Arches Power Down Jacket from Free Country. I knew I adored the way it looked but the true test of functionality could only come after wearing it.
This jacket has several features for today’s modern woman that I have not ever seen before. For the technological gadgets there is a cell phone pocket and MP3 pocket with cord outlet right above it. The only bummer is that the cell phone pocket couldn’t be closed once my iPhone was inside. Since the pocket is inside the jacket that is then zip closed, it’s in little danger of falling out but it’d be nice to have the added security of a sealed pocket. There are also regular outside pockets that are deep enough for a phone and zip closed.
My favorite aesthetic features are the fabulous finishes from the inside out. The outside has a brown print (also available in three other colors) and is soft and smooth with a smile quilted pattern in poly cire down shell. The cut is flattering because it goes in at the waste. No woman likes to see her waste disappear under her clothes!
The bib, collar and cuff lining is the softest thing I’ve ever touched and the best part? The lining extends several inches past where the cuff ends AND has a thumb hole cuff! Not only is this currently in style, it’s also extremely functional! I hate cold hands. There’s nothing worse then having the cold air blow up your sleeve. This keeps you snug and warm inside and the cold air out! There is also a double zip front closer for added protection from the elements.
The remainder of the lining has a pretty swirly pattern. It’s embarrassing when a jacket only looks good on the outside and then you take it off and the inside is unfinished.
Living in an area with extreme temperatures, I need every inch of warmth I can get. The hood has a fur lined trim for extra warmth and style. It’s also remove-able which I appreciate because sometimes you want to dress something up or down so it’s nice to have options. Just unzip and it’s off. I have never seen a jacket with such attention to detail. There is even a cute snowflake zipper which makes it easier to grab and looks great!
Once I put this jacket on, I never wanted to take it off! It is so cozy and warm and extremely lightweight! I was surprised at how light it was. Aside from the warmth, it didn’t even feel like I had a jacket on. Most of my winter jackets are bulky and cumbersome but this is airy and light which would be perfect for skiing and other winter sports when you don’t want to be weighed down.
To say I’m thrilled with my Women’s Arches Power Down Jacket is an understatement. Free Country has truly thought of every fit and function aspect to make it the perfect jacket.