By Chris Dato • October 08, 2014
Summer is over, and the changing of the seasons means that the weather is starting to cool down. Of course, in California, that change is marked by a dramatic drop from temperatures in the mid-90s to temperatures in the lower 90s. When this happens, Southern Californians leap at the opportunity to show off their top of the line cold weather apparel, anxious to meet the minimum usage required to justify such a purchase in this climate.
Whether you live in a climate as moderate as Santa Monica or in a place that has seasons of biblical proportions, you are familiar with the excitement of dawning your cold weather apparel. The patterns, colors, and layers allow you a lot more wardrobe options than just a tank and trunks. There is just one problem: how do you find quality, brag-worthy outerwear without freezing your bank accounts? No need to worry, we have got your back.
When it comes to wardrobe, we (men, I mean) tend to submit to the rule that simpler is better. So as the cold of the ensuing fall creeps in, the name of the game is versatility. We want an outfit that will keep us warm if it is chilly, but we aren’t trapped in if it warms up. The North Face is one of the premier names in quality cold wear, and this The North Face ThermoBall Jacket at REI has a couple features that make it unique. The company says that the “thermoball” material is lighter than down while providing the same level of insulation, and the material will continue to insulate even if it gets wet! Finally, the new material allows the whole jacket to fold into one of the hand pockets on the front, in case the weather turns around on you. In addition to the great deals you can always find, REI also has a worthwhile membership program. For a one-time fee of $20, you gain lifetime access to exclusive deals and discounts.
Most guys like me are more concerned with functionality than trendiness. With that in mind, check out this huge sale at Backcountry. Right now, Backcountry is offering up to 50% off past seasons colors of The North Face apparel, such as jackets, fleeces, and accessories. There is a wide selection of items for both men and women, so it is a great opportunity to get something for yourself or to get a little early Christmas shopping done.
As I have come to realize from growing up in southern California, there is no shame in investing in top of the line snow gear without any intention of ever seeing snow. Even more so, I am definitely not going to be the one responsible for ending the trend of jean skirts with Ugg boots. My point is, sometimes fashion doesn’t have to be logical. Still, it is nice to have help with where to save on this season’s styles. This MicroTherm StormDown Jacket at Eddie Bauer will keep you warm and cozy as the temperatures continue to drop. Best of all, Eddie Bauer is having a sale on all of their outerwear for men and women.
Since 1920, Eddie Bauer has been producing tried and tested gear to keep you safe from the elements. Like The North Face, most people associate Eddie Bauer products with impeccable quality, but the price tag to match. Check out this deal, and use the coupon code to receive up to 50% off plus free shipping. This deal is part of their fall sale, so check it out soon before it expires!
For the Kids
Keeping the kids bundled up and warm in the fall is as important as it is adorable. Unfortunately, they grow so fast that the adorable sweater vest you bought them last year fits more like a fall baby bikini top. For that reason, it is particularly important to get a good deal when shopping for your little one. Carter’s is having a big sale on everything your child will need for the seasonal shift. Get 20%-40% off the company’s Cold Weather Store, which is filled with items that are as cute as they are cozy.
Fall fashions are as much about expressing your style as they are about adapting to the weather. Use these deals to keep your closet, and your wallet, full.
Chris Dato A Southern California kid born and raised, Chris is happiest with sunglasses on his face and sand under his back. Although a self-proclaimed master money saver, he prefers the term 'responsibly frugal' to 'cheap.'