1. It has lots of pockets.
2. It fits.
3. It's long enough to cover those parts of the legs that "feel" the cold.
4. It can be buttoned up around the neck to keep out drafts.
5. It has a hood for snow or rain.
6. It never shows the dirt.
7. It has lots of zippers for whatever :)
....is a keeper.
I don't think that I'm rushing the season. It snowed in Owen Sound, about 2.5 hours north of Toronto, yesterday. We're next!!
The other nice thing about old clothes, is that if you haven't worn them for a season, you find lots of interesting "things" in the pockets. They're like tiny time capsules of what you were doing last March, for example. Yes, I do empty my pockets from time to time and I do send the coat off to the cleaners, again, from time to time. However, although, cleanliness maybe next to godliness, there is something deliciously wicked about finding a twenty dollar bill and a liquor filled chocolate in a hidden pocket - my winter survival kit :)
Nobody does old coats better than that old hat, Leonard Cohen. Here is his Famous Blue Raincoat sung by Jennifer Warnes - a little easier to listen to.
Have a cool day!!