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.
A straight style will skim your body, flowing straight down, rather than nipping in at the waist. 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. 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.
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 coats are very practical and when styled with trousers a shorter length coat will make shorter women look taller and legs look longer.
Practical and great for keeping warm, although puffy thick fabric will add bulk.
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.
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:
It hangs straight down from the shoulder line
Plenty of space around the underarm area
Seams, pleats, closures or pockets lie flat and the hem is even
Sleeve length should cover the wrists
Fasten coat completely to check all the buttons can be secured without pulling
You can move around comfortably – walk around and sit down to ensure it fits!
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.