Given that we moving into the colder seasons of the year, I thought it would be rather informative to do a few posts on how to become winter savvy. The first post in this series deals with finding a timeless winter coat that you’ll love year after year. Being a summer baby, I find winter long and harsh. However, I must admit that the fashion trends throughout the colder months are amazeballs.
I am especially fond of winter coats. When selecting a coat, functionality for me is of utmost importance. I always look for versatility and warmth. Ideally, I believe that every wardrobe should have an outerwear jacket and a longer length coat. Jackets work best for casual occasions, while coats often add a dressier feel to ones look. And then to move onto the warmth factor. On a recent trip to Europe (which was during the height of winter) I learnt that the warmest coat you can find is down-filled. When shopping in South Africa, you probably won’t find down-filled coats in abundance so my suggestion is to find a coat which is padded.
Winter is always full of rich colour. Think berry and green tones which are envisaged to be huge this winter. I am however all about key neutrals (grey, black, navy and cream). And my reason for this is that the key neutrals generally match a wider range of clothing. Unless you have an endless money supply, the chances of owning a coat for every ensemble is rather slim, so rather invest in pieces which you get the most wear out of.
Always remember that quality is key when purchasing a coat. I find a coat purchase usually being an investment piece as I like to wear it over a few years. As such, if you share the same sentiment, rather spend a bit more on your coat so that it lasts for the desired time frame.
If you are tall, you are blessed as your body can handle almost any silhouette. If you are buying a longer length coat, make sure that it stops just at the top of your knees for the most flattering fit.
If you are plus sized and/or have wide hips, tailored, straight lines are your most flattering option. Stay away from wide, belted styles. Also, three quarter length jackets are better suited to your frame than short jackets that tend to chop the body in half.
If you’re short, follow the same advice given for plus sized individuals above. And lastly, if you have a large bust you want to minimize stay away from puffy, short jackets that accentuate the upper torso and baby doll empire styles that add volume from the bust down.
My ultimate favourite colour for a winter coat is navy as seen in my outfit post below. I find it dressy, slimming (what a bonus) and works perfectly for day and evening looks.
Coat – Ted Baker
Blouse – Forever New
Jeans – Armani Exchange
Shoes – Poetry
Happy Winter Shopping 🙂