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Goose or duck? How to choose your down garment

By Li Hongrui | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-12-25 02:53
Supermodel He Sui, Dec 19, 2018. [Photo/IC]

According to a sales report from askci.com on 2018's Double Eleven, the national shopping day, women's down garments were among the top 10 hit products.

Statistics show that down garments have been popular for many years in both northern and southern China.

It seems the strong warmth provided by down garments has been nationally approved.

Especially during a fiercely cold winter, when you shudder in the wind, who cares about being stylish?

All you need is warmth -- the very light from heaven, which down garments can provide you with.

However, as living standards rise, more expensive garments filled with goose down, instead of duck down, have appeared in the market.

Duck down. [Photo/IC]

Goose or duck?

You may ask, what's the difference between the down from these two creatures?

First, the down from mature geese is larger and thicker, which makes garments filled with goose down much warmer.

Second, goose down is more flexible and fluffier than that of ducks.

A mother goose and her babies. [Photo/IC]

The last difference is key for people sensitive to smells: Compared to duck down, goose down has no strange odor. Geese are often "vegetarians" and eat clean, while ducks are omnivorous, which could give their feathers and down a strong scent.

These are the advantages that account for the higher prices of garments made with goose down.

However, duck down is still a good choice if you live in place where winter is windy, yet not that cold.

[Photo/IC]

If you still want be stylish…

Although most down garments can make people look big and sloppy, you could choose longer ones for a slimming look.

For colors, metallic hues are more fashionable and pair more easily with other street-style outfits in your wardrobe.

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