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How to Choose the Perfect Winter Coat

How to choose the perfect winter coat!

coat write-up

By Jessica Lynn Harris



Insulation. If the coat if thin and not insulated, no matter how beautiful or perfect, it is not a winter coat. Be sure that your coat has at least three layers: outer fabric, lining, and underling. (Underlining should not be visible, but you should be able to feel the extra thickness.) The insulation should be thick enough to keep you warm, but not so thick that you lose most of your range of motion.

Style. Semi-fitted styles are the best way to go. This enables you to express yourself with interesting cuts (circle skirts, princess seams, a-lines, whatever), rather than feeling boxy in a straight and formless coat. But since it is only semi-fitted, the coat still allows room for extra layers.

Color. Neutral solid colors not only look smart, but they are a smart choice. Black, grey, tan, navy, and brown are traditional, and can be paired with and compliment virtually any outfit, from the business suits to bold nighttime flare. If solids bore you, trying choosing neutral colors in a herringbone or houndstooth pattern. If you are feeling bold, a cherry red coat with black accents is often a beautiful choice, but it clashes with darker reds, purples, pinks, and green.

Length. I find winter coats that fall just above the knee or at mid-calf to be the most flattering. They are also superior to shorter coats because more of your body is protected from cold. But, depending on how harsh your winter environment is and how you react to the cold, you may need a full length coat. If you do decide on full length, you might want to consider styles that donít look overwhelming--or even look best at that length--like a trench coat.

Also See:

How to Wear a Skirt in Winter

How to Stay Fashionable and Warm in Winter




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