I’ve no doubt that a winter coat is the first thing you reach out for when the chills get the best of you. Winter coats come in many flavors but please avoid wearing your ski parka to work or when moving about town. Traditional coat is best for the office environment and especially one that end midway between the knee and thigh.
Anyone who knows how to pick a winter coats knows the distinction between a coat and a jacket. Jackets rest on the hips and are not intended to keep you warm. Additionally, jackets cannot be worn over a blazer or thick sweater. Coats on the other hand are designed out of thick, natural fabrics, meaning they are meant to preserve heat and keep you warm.
So, how do you keep warm when the temperatures drop? Here are tips on selecting the best winter coat.
The first thing in knowing how to pick a winter coat is understanding fabric. The best fabrics to keep you warm are wool and cashmere. Cashmere is far warmer, but the high cost and short durability of the fabric often make it moot against the strength of wool in snowy conditions. If you need a really warm coat, opt for one that also has goose down sewn into the typical lining.
Choosing the right fit is essential in knowing how to pick a winter coat. To find the right fit, simply go up one size over your typical suit jacket size; this allows you to move easily without the layers binding at your shoulders and neck. The shoulder seams themselves should fall just over the edge of your natural shoulder. This will give you a better profile line while wearing a sport coat or suit. Style
The most elegant options come in a variety of styles and prices.
Chevron Jacket in Cashmere Elements
Contemporary military-inspired design, the charcoal and gray colors allow you to pair this coat with either black, brown or navy clothing. Under a suit it takes on a formal appearance, but can be easily worn with jeans or corduroy trousers for weekend jaunts.
Andy Marc Marcus Coat
A true casual elegance for winter with a pea-coat cut and longer drape than usual. If you work in a semi-casual office or just like to be a little more structured in your weekend wear, this is your new coat.
J. Crew Topcoat
This double-breasted number hits nearly at the knee and lets you stay warm on those long commutes across town. The collar has a wide cut that when turned up protects you against the wind.
Cover yourself in style
Irrespective of your coat choice, remember to care of it once the winter season has passed. Take it to be dry-cleaned and then wrap it in a suit hanger until next winter. By doing this you will not only protect your investment, but also have a garment that is ready to wear when winter comes and every one is scrambling for something warm.
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