As we make our way into colder days, you’re going to want to bundle up. Toronto winters can be brutal, so it’s better to be prepared in advance and say hello to big, downy parkas. If your hunt for the perfect winter jacket has just begun, this is the perfect starting point for you!
Take a look at our list of the best places to buy winter jacket in the GTA and thank us when you’re not freezing your butt off later.
Mountain equipment Co-op makes some of the best outdoor gear on the market. With friendly and knowledgeable staff, MEC is a great place to get your hands on a trust winter coat. The only downside to MEC is the fact that they primarily carry their own house brand, so if you are looking for a variety of brands this place is not for you.
Sporting Life is a mecca for all things snow related. Their winter coat selection is one of the best in the city, and they carry everything from high-end technical ski wear, to fashion-forward outwear that will make even the most seasoned fashionistas jealous. Sportinglife currently holds one of the largest Canada Goose collections and caters to the refined shopper who doesn’t mind shelling out several hundreds of dollars for a high-quality coat. What’s awesome about Sporting Life is that you can regularly find great jackets on sale that will help save you some coin.
If there’s something this Canadian retailer knows, it’s winter and they’ve definitely upped their parka game within the last few years. Most of the parkas you’ll find at Aritzia are from their house brands such as Golden by TNA, TNA, Community and Wilfred Free, but they are without a doubt, warm as can be. Many of their jackets have water-resistant material, removable vegan fur trim, are machine washable and down-filled.
Lorne’s has been a staple in Toronto for decades (ask your grandparents). What’s great about Lorne’s is that they do one thing (sell coats) and they do it well. Perfect for a work appropriate coat. While the weather may dictate that you need a parka, often in Toronto it’s unnecessary. If you work in a typical office you need a business appropriate coat. Actually, we are going further than that everyone needs a dress coat, not just office workers. There is nothing worse than seeing someone wearing a Starter jacket or boxy parka over a nice suit.
We are definitely biased, but SD warehouse sales are some of the best to get your hands on a winter coat. If you want a brand new coat and don’t want to break the bank you can routinely find runway deals at many of our warehouse sales.
If you’re looking for cheap, Value Village is a good bet. While considered “gently used” you can often find yourself a great unique jacket perfect for those who need more than one or two jackets to round out the style needs.
Additionally, consignment stores offer a good choice for people who want designer but don’t want to pay designer prices. Many great consignment stores have fabulous vintage designer coats that can help you stand out in a crowd. Going this route almost guarantees you won’t be standing next to someone with the same jacket, we’ve all seen those hoards of teens all wearing the same Canada Goose Chilliwack parka. Check out our list of consignment stores here.
While it can be somewhat hit or miss, Winners and Marshalls are great a option for the shopper looking to pick up a brand name winter coat without breaking the bank. While the prices aren’t as cheap as a warehouse sale, the frequency they restock gives you more options for style. Check out our list of the best Winners locations and the best Marshalls location in the GTA here.
Joe Fresh is a great choice for the frugal shopper. If you need a down filled coat Joe Fresh routinely has them for under $200, making Joe Fresh coats the affordable and trendy choice.
While definitely not cheap, Canada Goose is well worth your buck if you’re looking to invest in a quality made-in-Canada down jacket. Having been experts in luxury extreme weather outerwear since 1957, you can be guaranteed that their coats will last a lifetime and keep you warm in the chilliest winter temperatures. Canada Goose is available at a number of retailers, but we suggest heading to their first free-standing store at Yorkdale to shop the widest selection.
If you’re looking for a place that has a TON of different styles to choose from, start your search at Nordstrom in the CF Eaton Centre or Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Whether you want something functional or fashionable, they have the best of both worlds, plus everything in between. Think quality Canadian brands like Mackage, Pajar, Canada Goose, and Soia and Kyo, as well as other designer labels like Cole Haan and Ralph Lauren. Not to mention they have a free stylist service to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
If you consider yourself an adventurer, you might want to check out Patagonia. The brand is all about functionality and durability at its best. Their sporty, chic jackets are perfect for those wishing to spend a lot of time doing activities outdoors this winter. Prices range from around $225 to $500.
The Montreal-based brand makes jackets that are both stylish and warm. And when we say warm, we mean you won’t freeze, even when it’s -30C outside. Recently, Pajar has opened its first-ever retail store in Yorkdale Shopping center that spans about 1,340 square foot.
If you’re in the market for classic fitted silhouettes and functionality, then Nobis has got you covered. According to the brand, their jackets will keep you safe and warm in pretty much all weather conditions, including wind, rain, snow, sleet, hail. A big plus is that Nobis jackets can be home laundered, meaning you can save money on dry cleaning.
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