Used "Arctic Conditions" army surplus coat: Armynavydeals
Snow boots: Sorel via consignment shop
Bomber hat: Once bought it for an ex boyfriend but he didn't want it so I took it
Mittens: Hand made by my sis-in-law Alessandra
I was going to say that this isn't an outfit curated for style -- just what I've been wearing to cope with the Polar Vortex and all that. It's true that I have a LOT of more fashion forward coats: an orange fitted overcoat, a Scandinavian wool cape, a 70's shearling coat, a 1950's swing coat -- none look ideal with the snow boots I prefer when there's a foot of snow out and it's -15°F/-26°C with the windchill.
But I have to admit that even though there are clearly utilitarian reasons behind wearing my army parka and bomber cap, there's still an aesthetic image in play for me when I wear them; a certain, unintentional stylishness that's distinct but tough to describe. It's something about the oversized nature of serious winterwear; and something about being a tough, smart, good lookin' babe underneath. Smart because you know that you need a real coat when it's cold as a bastard outside and you need to help your dad jumpstart the truck, or chop wood, or look for your dog in the field out back -- or maybe something else from my upbringing, or probably yours.
The best pop culture icon I can think of to represent this niche cold-weather style is Maggie from the 90's series Northern Exposure. Looking back on it, I probably took a lot more comfort and inspiration in her character's wardrobe than I realized.
Technically, if we're exploring 'Hot Girl in a Big Parka' as a trope, there's also a shitty Kate-Beckinsale-sploitation movie I had to review for work a couple years ago called Whiteout.
I don't have much to add except that 1. I almost fell down while trying to get my footing in the snow to take this picture, and 2. I agree about the big, utilitarian parka being stylish, even if it's unintentional. A woman being tough and handy is just sexy, it's that simple. And a woman being unafraid of her masculine side also highlights that which is most feminine -- or however that saying goes. -MC