Like a recurring bout of flu, each new season brings along with it a new “must-have” jacket, and this season is no different. The word functional has been thrown around a lot lately—sometimes to hint at frivolous military accents or hardware details—and, as devout worshipers of the Oxford English Dictionary, we can’t help but argue about this misappropriation. So when we stumbled upon this jewel of a winter coat/boxy jacket hybrid from 109F, we heaved a sigh of relief. The clever colour-blocking and strategically placed zipper (that crops the length when unzipped) sure is a work of genius. Two wardrobe staples in one? Now that’s the kind of functional OED would approve of.

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