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Ways to Wear: Altitude Parka
2/25/2016 8:02:00 AM
Winter days can be long, and wearing the same set of layers day after day makes them even longer. Jess Tran of Jess Loves Fred is here to help. Jess shares how to stay warm without sacrificing style in our Altitude Parka in the latest in our Ways to Wear series.

Being Australian, down jackets were not a piece of clothing that ever existed in my wardrobe. Sorely unprepared and completely clueless, I suffered through my first NY winter in 2014 with a pair of jeans and flimsy sweaters more suitable for the mild 'winters' (if you can even call them that in comparison) that I had enjoyed in Sydney. Fast forward a year and my cold-weather arsenal is on top. Rain jackets, hoodies, thermal socks, mittens, gloves, beanies, Uniqlo heat tech things - I freaked out, I used the cold as an excuse to BUY ALL THE THINGS and I've finally arrived at a fairly decent Winter wardrobe that lets me cycle between a few key pieces without going mad from sartorial boredom.

The one thing I was lacking was variety in down jackets - it's kind of hard to accumulate cool down jackets in all the colors and textures of the rainbow without going broke, so when Alpha Industries contacted me and challenged me to style their Altitude W Parka three different ways, I was stoked. The opportunity to show off my elite winter layering skills after going through one entire winter wearing the same damn outfit - especially with a coat that makes me feel like a fighter pilot. Here's how I styled the Altitude W Parka in Alaska Green.

Look #1 - Some days eight hours of sleep doesn't come close, you press snooze about a million times and you're left with about five and a half minutes to get ready and get out the door. My go-to is basic ripped blue jeans, a grey tee and neutral, heeled ankle boots. The muted neutrals of all the basics are saved from looking too boring thanks to a bright scarf and silver necklace, both of which I bought at Marrakech's souks in Morocco. The shirt is Alexander Wang, thrifted, the jeans are Zara (purchased in Barcelona, not that it makes any more exotic) and the boots were $15, picked up off the side of the road from a lady I can only describe as an urban gypsy.  

Look #2 - Never in my wildest dreams did I think that showing midriff was a possible and appropriate idea in the dead of winter. Thanks, climate change (also, thanks to startups for providing a work environment that I can wear crop tops in)! Sick of wearing the same jeans, I pulled out my thrifted tartan wrap skirt, threw on an old Urban Outfitters cropped turtleneck and used a vintage hat I bought from Paris and basic grey boots from Zara to polish it off. Wore some Uniqlo heat tech tights for good measure, and to balance out the amount of skin showing.

Look #3 - The last outfit was worn on a day that was legitimately cold with snow blowing all over the place. The Altitude W Parka is actually super handy in that it is the WARMEST JACKET EVER, and I can wear all my skimpy, cute pieces underneath, throw the parka on top and I'm good to go. I wore my Negative Underwear Essouira bodysuit with high-waisted American Apparel riding pants (thrifted), a green casual vest and knee high taupe thrifted boots. Worn with a Eugenia Kim (thrifted) beanie, vintage necklace from Sydney and a check scarf from some dodgy Asian clothing store where they only ever seem to stock their clothing in one size.

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