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Nicole of High Latitude Style in a downcoat from Happy Goat Lucky standing in the wild at -12C (11F)

Moving to Alaska

When we arrived in Alaska in summer 2001, Judy gave me recommendations which hairdresser, which vet, which doctors, where to buy what, car repair shop, etc. When the list was about one and a half pages long Judy asked “Do you have a downcoat?” “No, I wouldn’t wear that! I don’t want to look like the Michelin man!” I replied with a horrified voice and face. “You need to buy one asap. Go to XYZ (here XYZ is a placeholder for the store, Fairbanksans surely know which one). They have the largest selection.” she insisted. “And when you want a choice go before the just-arrived militrary wives start shopping when the first flurries fly in September.”

I was in tears

We took her advice seriously and drove to the store. A big building from the 50s with a goldminer advertisement store sign. “Ok, ok, there are some motels and hotels in the area, so it’s to attrack the tourist for souvernirs.” was my first thought. Wishful thinking. Once in the store, I felt like being beamed into the wrong world.

Upon entering the women’s department I fell in tears! Outdoor clothes! Heavy like my granny’s old bedding and they also looked like being cut from them! Three rectangles and a halfmoon with a scratchy wolf fur trim! The colors? They just emphasized the first impression. Yellowish white, muted white, baby pink, light blue! They made me look awful. I hated my reflection in the mirror! I refused to spend a dime on one of these monsters!

Happy Goat Lucy brings style to the North

You can imagine that when asked by Happy Goat Lucky to review their down coats I was skeptic like that’s not my style nor me. Nevertheless, I took a look at their webpage and I am so glad I did! 🙂 Finally, down coats that have a stylish look, great trendy and classic colors, nice details and most importantly a fitted cut!!!!!! The models looked their weight and size and not 3 or 4 sizes up.

mature woman in a fitted camel down coat
Down coat c/o Happy Goat Lucky worn with own headband, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, G-III suede skirt, GNW tight, Salamander shearling booties, Palova scarf and Coach shearling mini bag
There is no need to look like a dumpling when wearing a down coat. #HappyGoatLucky Click To Tweet

I never thought I would love a down coat

I picked the Grace in camel in a size XS and its fit is true to size. You can also order it in black or dark rose.

#over50fashion mature woman walking in winter wonderland
Side view to illustrate how slim one looks with this garment

There is nothing more flattering than a Princess seam cut in the front and back of a garment. These vertical lines together with the covered zipper front closure have a slimming effect on every figure. The press buttons are easy to open even with cold fingers. They look stylish and decorative, chosen with love for details. The same applies for the dyed-to-match fur-trimmed hoodie.

details of seams, zipper, fur and buttons
Left: Zoom-in on the fabric, zipper, seams. Measure in inch (1 inch ~ 2.54 cm) to show material thickness or better its slimness. Right: Zoom-in on one of the beautiful press buttons


#winterstyle blogger Nicole with a fur trimmed hood
Here I demonstrate how the hood looks when it covers the head. It nicely frames my face. Look I’m smiling despite it snows and it’s a dark day.

I have never ever felt such a feather weight smooth fabric! The coat is so cozy and light weight, I honestly look forward to wearing it again. Full disclosure, since it arrived on Thursday, I haven’t worn any of my other coats!

#agelesstyle mature woman in a Princess seam cut dressed for fall
Zoom-in on the Princess seams in the front. There are also Princess seams in the back (see photo later in this post). The upward directed zipper closure pockets guide the eye up and contribute to the illusion of height and also have a slimming effect. See also the nipped-in waist.

I love the Grace! <3  It’s so me! So incredibly stylish!

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Great insulation

The coat is filled with high quality down (600-650 fill power, 90% downs, only 10% feathers). That’s why it is so light and feels so soft.
comparison of weight with and without
The small horizontal compartments prohibit the filling to gravitate to the hem of the garment. Thus, the insulation stays well distributed. The different widths of the compartments add interest to the design. They look more like embelishment that serving a purpose.

#advancedstyle back view of midlife woman in camel, black and red warm outerwear
Back view. You can still see the shape of my body!

Living in Alaska for more than 18.5 years, I am certainly adjusted to low temperatures. The Grace is rated as 3.5, i.e. it is good for temperatures between 35F and 50F (1.7oC to 10oC) with a light sweater.  When we took the photos I was wearing a sweater with layering top underneath and I didn’t feel cold at all despite of 11F (-12C) and despite it was snowing. Thus, this piece is great for late fall when you live in a temperate climate and for winter in a mediterranean climate like southern California.

#streetstyle Alaskan woman beating the cold in a classic with a twist winter robe
Frolicking and feeling great and warm in the super classic with a twist winter robe c/o Happy Goat Lucky

lifestyle blogger Nicole Mölders in cute winter outerwear

Outstanding price-performance ratio!

And the price? Unbelievably affordable! This beauty was $295, but is now on sale for only $149! You save $146.00! Happy Goat Lucky’s down coats are filled with high quality downs, are super light, fitted to a woman’s body, have great craftsmanship and design, and look incredibly stylish! See for yourself. Browse their collection now.

You can looks stylish and slim with a down coat from Happy Goat Lucky. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet

P.S. Like this outfit? Please feel free to pin it to your own Pinterest board so your friends and family can see it too.

P.P.S. A post about Happy Goat Lucky’s Valentina is coming soon. Stay tuned and warm.

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Photos: G. Kramm

Disclosure: This coat is a sample of my choice from Happy Goat Lucky. The post is not endorsed by them. I wrote it entirely on my own and it represents my own 100% honest opinion.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. shelbeeontheedge1

    Nicole, this is a great coat! And it is super cute, too. I love my down coat. It is an absolute necessity living where we live! But I am like you and I want to also be stylish while still protecting myself from the elements! And a stylish down coat is always a plus.


  2. Nicole Mölders

    Ja an der Küste ist es immer elend windig und naßkalt! Wind mag ich nicht. Lieber -40C als Wind wie an der Küste!

  3. Sabine Gimm

    Ein toller Mantel liebe Nicole. Ich liebe warme Daunen im Winter. Bei uns im Norden kann es schnell kalt werden.

    Liebe Grüße Sabine

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