It’s that time of year again – Winter is approaching and the stores have started to fill up with their A/W Coat selections. Not only can it be overwhelming to choose a style that lasts for a few years but it can be hard to wade through the sheer volume of options on the market. With so many styles available, trying to choose the perfect one can be overwhelming. That’s why I’ve used The Savvy Method and compiled some key tips to help you shop for the ideal winter coat that will keep you warm and stylish all season long.
1. Start with a plan & determine your needs: Before you start shopping, take a moment to assess your wardrobe and find the gaps. Consider a few things: climate & weather, your daily activities, and your personal style. Are you looking for a casual coat for everyday wear, or do you need something more formal for special occasions? Knowing your requirements will help you narrow down your options and make a more informed decision.
2. Choose the Right Material: The material of your winter coat plays a crucial role in its warmth and durability. Here are some common materials to consider:
a. Wool: Wool coats are excellent insulators and provide great warmth. They are a timeless choice for classic winter style.
b. Down: Down-filled coats offer exceptional insulation without excessive bulk. Look for coats with high-fill power for better warmth-to-weight ratio.
c. Synthetic Insulation: Synthetic materials like Thinsulate and PrimaLoft mimic the warmth of down but perform better when wet. They are suitable for wetter climates.
d. Faux Fur: Coats with faux fur-lined hoods or collars add a touch of luxury and extra warmth, making them perfect for harsh winters.
3. Find the Right Fit: A well-fitting winter coat not only looks better but also keeps you warmer. When trying on coats, consider the following:
a. Sleeve Length: Make sure the sleeves are long enough to cover your wrists when you stretch your arms.
b. Mobility: Ensure you can comfortably move your arms and shoulders, especially if you’ll be layering underneath.
c. Length: Decide whether you want a short, mid-length, or long coat. Longer coats provide more warmth, while shorter ones offer ease of movement.
4. When selecting the shape of your coat, consider the following tips: Opt for a single-breasted coat if you have a larger bust. For a boyish shape, choose a double-breasted coat and one with a tie waist to create curves. If you have hips and prefer not to draw attention to them, it’s advisable to avoid a tie waist and opt for a coat with darts for a more flattering look.
5. Consider Your Style:
Coats are not just a practical item to stay warm, they are a key component of all Winter looks. Considering how to use your coat as part of your outfit, rather than on top of it, is an important element of Winter styling.
If you need support with updating your wardrobe during the changing season, we currently have a number of slots available for our Personal Shopping & Wardrobe Edit sessions in October. We highly recommend securing your booking soon, as this is the prime time of year when stores offer their best selections. If in person doesn’t suit, we also cater for online appointments.
Some of my favourite A/W ’23 coats available in store now:
Marks & Spencer, Double Breasted Longline Tailored Coat, €110.00
JAEGER @ Marks & Spencer, Pure Wool Belted Longline Wrap Coat
This is on the more expensive side, but if kept well this coat will last you years.
Arket, Waisted Down Jacket € 229
Marks & Spencer Funnel Neck Mac with Stormwear™ €140.00
Marks & Spencer Hooded Parka Jacket with Thermowarmth™ €125.00Marks & Spencer, Wax Jacket with Stormwear™ €185.00
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