It’s been winter on and off here for a little while, so I pulled out my favorite coat. Once upon a time I lived in New York and invested in the most beautiful coat I’d ever seen at the time…I fell in love with the color and the removable fur collar. I wore the heck out of it even though it actually wasn’t that warm and I sometimes had to wear another layer over or under it at times. But here in Austin it’s the perfect weight for our kind of mild winter, and it somehow still works with my wardrobe.
How to select a winter coat that will last you years (as it should since it doesn’t get much wear here)?
- Choose a color that makes you giddy. I know it seems like brown, black, navy, or grey would be the most “practical” or “responsible” color, but unless those colors truly do make your heart melt, I say pick a fun color you’ll get excited to put on and feels like YOU. You don’t wear it that much and so it really doesn’t have to go with everything, why not have fun when you wear it? Just remember that if your coat is shorter, you want it to work with what’s underneath, so maybe stick to tamer prints/patterns to avoid too much headache pairing it with pants and skirts.
- Pick the right length for your body. Generally speaking, a little bit above the knee (think pencil skirt length) will work best for most shapes if you’re looking for a longer coat, or at the widest part of the hips (think the length of a tunic top). A cropped at the waist coat will look great too if you’re more hour-glassy (motorcycle jackets)!
- Make sure it’s comfortable. Don’t be fooled by a cool-looking super itchy coat, or one that’s perfect everywhere but the sleeves. If you’re going for a fun color, you might at well make sure it’s going to fit over as many other layers as possible.
Can’t figure out how to wear that coat, where exactly to buy it, or want to get a new one while they are ALL ON SALE NOW? Contact me and I’ll let you in on my secret coat-sources and get you all set for the next ten winters or so!
January 25, 2013