Lands’ End Expedition Down Parka

We’re heavily in Thanksgiving prep mode over here but shortly after the holiday dinner table is cleared thoughts of the Christmas holiday season will begin to take over every waking moment.

Along with the start of December comes those dreadfully cold walks to the subway here in Manhattan. You know, the fast walks where the wind chill is awful and you look forward to getting squished in a crowded subway car. Just because you will no longer be outside in the elements.


One of Oprah’s Favorite Things, featured in the December 2015 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine was the Lands’ End Expedition Down Parka. I turned to Lands’ End a few years ago when I was taking a trip to Ohio for a few days and feared my city girl outerwear couldn’t handle the Midwest windchill.

This year, I knew I had to have the Lands’ End Expedition Down Parka because our city winters are pretty bad now. Not Wisconsin — home of Lands’ End — bad but they’ve been brutal for us city folk as of late.



My coat is a size extra small but as you can see from the photos there is still room for the cotton turtleneck and wool sweater Lands’ End suggests you wear underneath all their winter outerwear. It has the highest temperature rating — warmest — making this is a smart cold weather choice to battle whatever Old Man Winter serves up this year.

Since I’ve been trying to step out of my comfort zone, I didn’t shy away from this parka because it wasn’t offered in my usual winter coat color — black. It’s offered in Light Rich Red or Ashwood which is like an off white or cream color.


While the outer fabric is waterpoof and boasts 650 fill power down insulation which is more than enough to love about this machine washable parka, I really like that it has several inside pockets and a removable hood. And I can appreciate the drawcord waist to add shaping. I’m 5’9 and the parka is mid thigh length but slightly longer in the back. And the inside lining is super soft!

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