During our last excursion, I needed a bit heavier jacket than I was planning to wear. (My men's winter coat was far too heavy and warm.) Alas, I didn't own one. So I made do with what I have, and fortunately it was warm enough that there was no issue.
However there is the outside possibility of a solo winter convention trip down south. (See below.) If it happens, my men's (heavy and warm) winter coat will again be much too heavy. And my lightweight jackets will be much too cold. Worse yet, I won't have enough suitcase room to take the winter coat plus 3 lighter-weight layering jackets.
I asked my wife if she had an old puffer parka which I could borrow for the trip, to work with a sweater. The one she has is the one she wears, so no luck there. I went on line to check some of the men's shops and found nice jackets that might work (of course I'm dubious of men's sizing, having not worn men's clothes for many years), for $150 to $250. In the women's plus-size websites, I found several that should work fine, on sale for $75 - $100. The price difference caught my wife's immediate attention, and once I found an on-line coupon for 50% off the sale price, I got the all-clear to buy and wear a women's coat!
It's been ordered...I'll let you know if it passes muster once it arrives.
As I mentioned in the previous post, we both have been under the weather for over two weeks now, and we're just beginning to feel somewhat better. I'm "sort of" hoping to attend a convention in mid-America in January, using my usual modes of transportation - train and rental car. I'm not getting myself overly excited about this - as awful as the cold (or whatever it is) has been for me, and the fact that I was on antibiotics for quite a while, I'm concerned about a relapse. That has happened before.
And even without considering that issue, the fact that Mandy will have to stay in the suitcase for most of the trip is quite depressing. Current plan is to take only one mid-calf, winter weight denim skirt along...everything else I wear will be my usual stirrup pants and a pair of capris, with lots of turtlenecks.
More on this as (or if, or when) it develops...