So you're ready for a new winter coat? How do you ensure you're making a good choice? What are the best tips and tricks to make sure you're happy with your choice for years to come? We have packaged them up right here for you!
1. Consider what's best for your body shape
When it comes to a winter coat you want something flattering, something that suits your body shape. If you like a style on someone else, it doesn't mean it's going to work for you. Be sure to try different styles and figure out what works best for your shape and day to day style. Consider: does it need to be belted? More boxy (not fitted in the waist); do you wear it open? Or do you like to button up?
In terms of a process, if you don't know what suits you, we recommend trying coats in person to get the right idea on length, shape and color. Visit stores, try on your friends coats etc. Once you've got this idea clear you can shop around for something that will work for your budget.
2. Consider the material
In different climates there will be different materials that are best. If it's cold, look for wool, or feather down etc. Or, if it's wet and windy look for water resistant and wind proof fabrics. Don't purchase coats that won't work for your climate -- they might be lovely, but you'll never get the wear out of them and you'll likely regret it.
3. Take the time to consider
A coat should be an investment, so make sure you take the time to consider your purchase. If you're shopping in a store, walk away (have a coffee if you must!) and then come back and try the coat again. Just this simple practice of stepping away will ensure you really are making a good choice. This tactic can be applied to any major purchase and will, more often than not, improve your decision making. It's all about removing the emotion from the choice and thinking clearly.
4. Go for neutrals
Black, grey, navy, camel, they might be considered a "bit boring" but the fact is there is a reason they're the most common coat colours. They go with everything. They don't date. They look good. Don't fall for the trick of the bright colour, particularly if you don't tend to wear bright colours. Choosing something bold becomes a statement. This is a limiting factor because you don't want to wear the same "statement" everyday. Choose a coat that will allow for variations and creativity in the rest of your outfit (accessories etc.), that way you won't get bored with it quickly.
The exception to this rule is if coats are part of your capsule wardrobe "uniform style." If this is the case then you probably have a closet full of coats as they are a key part of your outfit every day (in this case you can go ahead and break this rule! :D)
5. Get a second opinion & then shop around
If you're starting from scratch, take a trusted advisor to help you figure out the style and colour you should go for. Once you know what you're looking for, you'll be able to safely make a good choice without distraction.
Hopefully you have found our tips and tricks helpful! If you need more assistance we're always happy to help, check out our Capsule Concierge Service.