What to look for when buying a winter coat

What To Look For When Buying A Winter Coat

Buying a winter coat should not be taken lightly. With so many options available it is tempting to have a wardrobe of different styles and colors but more often than not we choose a safe generic coat that will go with everything in our wardrobe and last for years. Whichever type of buyer you are, it is important to buy wisely as nothing makes a fashion statement instantly like a classy winter coat. Here are a few tips to help make the decision a little less complicated.

1. Cost. A quality winter coat can be expensive so be on the lookout for sales. The end of winter is the best time to purchase coats as stores are trying to clear unsold stock, so try to plan ahead and you may well find a real bargain buy. If the coat you find is not on sale, then ask the sales assistant if there are any up-coming sales planned and if so, could they put it away for you until sale day.

2. Style. Be definite about the style you are looking for. Do you want short, medium or long? Does it need to be made from a heavy wool or is a lighter weight material sufficient? Will you be walking a lot while wearing it or is it for car or bus travel? If your budget is limited then consider a neutral color that will go with lots of different outfits.

3. Look. It is always a good idea to try it on before you buy. What looks great on the mannequin may not look so great on you so be honest about the fit. A good friend who can give you an honest appraisal is a great asset to take along with you. Remember that a thick winter coat will generally be worn over multiple layers of warm clothing so allow extra room particularly if you are trying the coat on out of season.

4. Fit. Besides choosing the right coat length, check that the sleeves reach the middle of the back of your hands and that the shoulder seams line up with both shoulders. Make sure the buttons do up easily and that the collar sits neatly. Your coat should be comfortable to wear as well as looking classy and flattering your figure.

5. Accessories. A classic coat should be matched with classic accessories. Consider buying matching gloves and hat. A coordinating scarf will set off the look beautifully. Maybe you could add some new stylish boots to complete the picture.

Buying a winter coat is a serious matter but should be fun too. Choose wisely and your new coat will reward you many winters over. Happy shopping.

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