I live in a place where winter is long and very very cold. Over the years, I have learnt how to choose and invest in the perfect winter coat (coats, in my case as I have two!) and I decided to share some tips with you.
1. Choose the right material for your climate –
I strongly suggest getting a wool coat, or atleast a wool blend that is warm and cosy. But wool will not work in very rainy or snowy weather, so if the winters are wet and snowy where you live, you should also invest in a puffer style coat that is waterproof and filled with some warm material (like feathers or down), rather than a synthetic material like polyester or polyamide.
2. Make sure you can layer under it –
There is no point buying a coat if you cannot layer your thick sweaters under it. So, do check in the store itself whether you can layer under the coat without feeling uncomfortable. I also like layering jackets under coats, so I check if I can layer those under the coat as well.
3. Choose the right one for your body type –
If you’re tall you can get away with a long coat that is either below the knee or full length, but if you’re a shorty like me, you need a coat that hits you above the knee. If you want to avoid looking bulky and emphasise your waist, buy a coat that is belted or has ties at the waist – this will make you look slimmer despite all the layers.
3. Check if it has other essential features –
Check if the coat has a sturdy lining and pockets – these two features are very important. It will also be helpful if the coat comes with a hood, preferably detachable, so that you can use it on extra cold/rainy/stormy days.
Now let me show you the two winter coats that I own:
This is my wool coat that I use for dry winter days and also for dressier occasions. I bought this from Naf Naf. It is an 80% wool, 20% polyamide blend. It is the perfect length for my 5’4” height and has a self belt that emphasises my waist. And of course, it has a well stitched lining, giant pockets to keep my hands warm in and the perfect fur collar (not a must, but isn’t it cute?!).
This is my puffer style coat that I recently bought from Zara. It is the warmest coat I have ever worn – it feels like I’m wearing a sleeping bag! It is 100% waterproof and has both a down filling and a detachable hood. The length is perfect for me and I also love that it has a belt, a must when the coat is a bulkier one. And of course, it has pockets – perfect for storing my gloves or for shoving my hands in on those cold winter morning.
I spent a lot on these two coats, about 200 euros in total. But if you ask me, this is one investment that is worth making, especially when you live in a climate where the winters are harsh and seemingly never ending!
What are the factors that you keep in mind when choosing a winter coat? What did you think of my tips and tricks for choosing one? Do let me know in the comments!
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