Before we left for our trip to Japan with my mother and aunt in spring, my daughter, Tiffany sent her down winter jacket to keep her grandmother warm. It fit nicely in Hawaii... sort of. It was just a smidge tight around the waist, but it could zip. However, mom gets cold very quickly and she wore layers upon layers of clothing in Japan which then prevented her from being able to zip up the jacket.
Art and I searched every store in Hawaii, but could not find a jacket that would be appropriate for our trip to Yellowstone and Glacier next year or Alaska later on. All the women's coats we saw had a tapered waist. Mom... well... I know I will inherit it later on, has a bit of a pear shape. She's also very short, perhaps about 4'10". Her arms are not overly long. Every coat we saw seemed to have arms that extended at least 6 inches too far. What the heck? Do people have longer arms these days?
It was our goal to find that perfect coat in California. We went to a lot of stores and saw a LOT of coats, and finally found the one we thought would work at the Burlington Coat Factory, Orangefair Mall in Fullerton. Even better, would you believe it was on sale for $29.99?
It was a size 18-20, Boys Snowboarding jacket. I don't think mom would consider snowboarding, but she was very pleased with the jacket and it fit her like a fluffy glove. We could hardly believe it. Even the arms were just the right length! (Maybe they thought it was too short and that's why it was on sale?)
Mom is ready for anything the weather throws at her now.