When I was a little girl, I used to play dress up with Mom’s pantyhose and Dad’s Air Force winter weather gear. He had these big white winter boots and what I found out was called a Snorkel Parka, a standard issue coat for flight crews stationed in extremely cold areas. Yeah, count Montana, where I grew up, as such a place. I hadn’t thought about that coat or playing dress up for near twenty years until I wandered through Eddie Bauer today on a lark, looking for a down quilted vest. I was a No on the vest but as I turned past a display, I saw it.
Three-quarter length, more attractive khaki green, and that distinctive faux fur-lined neckline, it stirred fond childhood memories. I had to try it on. The impact, a decided “Wow” from sales clerks and fellow shoppers in the dressing room (yes, my friends, there is a pair of skinny jeans for you…). A length that looks great on anyone and cozier than that fuzzy winter throw blanket, Eddie Bauer’s Insulated Cotton Duffle wound up as much a nostalgic purchase as a fashionable one.