When I read the thread title, my mind went to my parka from the early '80s. I went to the pajama sale at 12am at The Mountain Shop in Portland (literally wearing pajamas to get a special discount) and I got a $90 (Back then it was pretty expensive) Roffee parka for $17.
I'd scoped it out the previous day, and it was the most beautiful, deep green which Roffee called "greener", and as that had always been my favorite color, I had to have it, now didn't I?
Mom and Dad made me do my part, show up in pajamas.
I later got matching wool stretch pants, which were the coolest thing at the time, so I was thoroghly green, especially after my mom knitted me a green hat and I got some green Hotfingers with white knuckles, oh, but I digress.
That Roffe jacket, fit me so perfectly, that it made me feel like a better person just wearing it. It had the really cool collar which stood straight up like the seventies fat Elvis' collars, ya know, and, after the fashion of the time, it tapered down to my waist, overlapping the high back of the stretch pants. Dammit I loved that jacket. It was really thin and yet very warm, and had curious strips of courderoy running up either side of it up to the arms.
Actually I think the current trend toward soft shells is looping back to when skiwear wasn't as loose and bulky.