Style Spotlight: Choosing A Winter Coat

Nov 10

3 Tips To Consider When Choosing A Winter Coat

Still overwhelmed by the myriad of colours, fabrics and styles of coats out there? Here are 3 things to consider before buying your winter coat this year.
coat youself in style 18 chelsea mewsMiu Miu belted wool-blend gabardine coat

1. Fabric The main focus when choosing a winter coat should be how warm it will keep you throughout the season. To pick a coat that’s warm enough you will need some general knowledge of fabrics. Yes, you guessed it, I’m going to mention my favourite C-word again… Cashmere and wool are undoubtedly the best fabrics to keep you warm during the winter. However, the high cost and short durability of cashmere as outerwear makes 100% wool or wool and cashmere blends a much better choice for coats. If you decide to go for synthetic blend fabrics it might be worth choosing one with a Thinsulate lining that lends extra warmth without added bulk.

Farfetch Lodental coat

2. Style There are so many styles of coats out there in different lengths and colours; this is why some of us get dazed and confused at this point. Using the ‘magic method’ (known to everyone else as the process of elimination), you can decide what style of coat you want within minutes!

Here’s How I Do It Every Time

Style: I’m not a sporty person, I don’t like bulky outerwear, I often wear skirts or skinny jeans with boots during colder months and most importantly I like a fitted, streamlined silhouette. Already, this is a clear indication that parkas, puffers, anoraks, duffel coats etc. are not for me. I’m more of a pea coat, classic wool fit & flare coat type of girl.

Length: Maxi coats are too cumbersome plus they hide my lovely boots, and I’m already aware that when a coat stops at a particular length along my thighs it ‘chops me up’ and makes me look awkward. So I either go for a short pea coat like the ones pictured below or one that falls at or just above my knees. Reiss fit and flare coats are my all time favourites.

Colour: This is always the easiest decision for me. I just go with what works with my existing wardrobe. For some of us, the choice of colour might even be about skin tone or simply the practicality for everyday wear.

Reiss Virginia fit & flare coat

3. Price

Price is a huge factor to consider when choosing a coat, especially if you’re on a tight budget. It may sound a bit strange but it’s best to consider this point last, so once you know what type of coat you’re looking for, you’ll be able to look for one in your price range without any other distractions. It might do you well to think of this purchase as an investment. A high quality coat will last you a few winters; a poor quality, cheap version is likely to fall apart before the winter is over.
Burberry London belted shearling coat
Whichever coat you choose, remember to take good care of it during and after the colder months have passed. When Spring arrives, have it dry-cleaned and store it suitably until next winter. Not only will you preserve your investment, but you’ll also have a coat ready on that first chilly day next Autumn when everyone else is scrambling to find something to keep them warm.
Style Spotlight - 18 chelsea mewspea coat perfection
Kristen Blake skirt back pea coat
1. J.Crew Majesty Pea Coat in Vintage Berry | 2. Burberry London Wool and Cashmere Pea Coat in Charcoal Grey | 3. Jaeger Short Pea Coat in Bright Blue | 4. Kristin Blake Skirt Back Pea Coat in Camel

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  1. marsha

    November 10th, 2013 at 20:21

    love this, I went out coat shopping today without success but this is quite helpful…:)

  2. Nova @ 18 Chelsea Mews

    November 10th, 2013 at 22:30

    Thanks Marsha! Happy to help; hopefully you’ll find something suitable on your next attempt. Reiss is my number one place to get a coat in the UK, perhaps you should try them if you haven’t already.

  3. kerensa wheatle

    January 16th, 2014 at 01:11

    Love #4 but alas it is out of stock

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