Choosing a Winter Coat

When choosing a coat, it’s very important to choose one which makes you feel comfortable and fit for the purpose.  Before you invest in a winter coat it might be worth considering: 


How practical does my coat need to be? 

Will I be sitting down most of the time while wearing it? 

Will I need to ride a bike? 

Or will this coat mainly be for evenings out or walking?

Will it have to accommodate bulky sweaters? 

Will it cover my longer skirts? Although it’s not necessary that your skirts are completely covered, you may still like to have one long coat that does as it’s a very clean and stylish look.

Can I still wear it with a tailored jacket for business?

How thick does the coat need to be? Or will it mainly be worn when in heated cars or buses?


If you are worried about a long coat being splashed as you walk in rainy, muddy or snowy weather, choose a slightly shorter style.


Consider your body shape and determine where the bulk of the coat sits and how this affects your figure. 


Straight Coat 

A straight style will skim your body, flowing straight down, rather than nipping in at the waist.


Tailored Coat 

Dressy coats are usually more tailored. Choose a fabric that is not too thick to maintain a sleek line and ensure the coat closely follows the contours of your body.


Belted Coat

Women with oval body shapes may prefer to opt for a slim tailored coat rather than a belted coat. Or, try hanging the belt in a loose style with an off-centre tie.  


Long Coat

If you are taller, you can also opt for longer length coats.  Shorter women should be careful with this coat style as it can overwhelm them. They often look better with a shorter coat.


Short Coat

Short coats are very practical and when styled with trousers a shorter length coat will make shorter women look taller and legs look longer.


Parka and Puffa Coats

Practical and great for keeping warm, although puffy thick fabric will add bulk. 


Hooded Coats

You may prefer a hooded coat so you can pull up your hood for extra warmth, and protection against the elements.



Overshirts made of thicker fabric are called “shackets” as they serve as a warm jacket.


Raincoat or Trench 

This is ideal for transitioning from summer to autumn, or from winter to spring, because it protects you from the elements without adding a lot of extra bulk. 



It’s always good to have at least one coat in your most flattering neutral shade (black, camel or dark navy) and having an assortment of brighter coloured scarves would be ideal to brighten up your face.



A perfect fit is crucial so take care to check:



A good coat can truly elevate any look – as well as keeping you warm! Plus, you’ll wear it many times throughout the season so it’s worth investing in good quality.