If you live somewhere cold, a coat is a wardrobe necessity. If you live somewhere where winter is a mild affair, then you still might need a coat or jacket for evenings or early mornings.
I’ve done an edit and found 15 coats for winter 2017 that will keep you warm in style. You’ll find below coats for every budget and lifestyle. And I’ve included plus-size options.
1. When it comes to making a coat purchase, buy the best your budget will allow. Buy well, it will serve you through this season and beyond.
2. Buy a classic style that is timeless.
3. Buy in a neutral colour that works for most of your wardrobe.
4. When it comes to fitting, your coat should fit you comfortably but not be so tight that you can’t wear things underneath it. Think about what you’re mostly likely going to wear under your coat and work back from that.
5. The ideal coat length for making you look taller is a coat that hits just at the knee.
6. Now is peak coat-buying season if you want to try a variety of styles and find them in your size. You can also take your chances and wait a few weeks until end-of-season sales’ time in early June to pick up a more expensive coat at a more budget price.
15 coats for winter 2017
If you spend quality time in winter in a playground, on the sporting sidelines or just getting out and about then a casual coat is an essential. Anoraks, parkas and light down jackets fit the bill.
Style tip: These types of coats are typically on the bulky side. Balance that bulk out with a streamlined jean, pant or legging.
Getting too and from work happens with the temperature is decidedly on the chilly side – and it can happen in the dark. Invest in a heavier wool coat that features a structured, classic line.
Style tip: A neutral coat in black, grey or camel is an obvious choice for a work coat but why not opt for a statement coat in a block colour or pattern? This works very well if your work outfits are on the neutral side.
Evening or occasion outfits sometimes need a coat of their own. Something that’s not too “office wear” and definitely not something that would be trotted out for Saturday rugby.
Style tip: A cape or wrap-style coat is made for an occasion. It can easily work over the outfit but sleeves are still on show so the total effect of what’s underneath is not lost. Look also for details like buttons and ties for a next-level coat look.
So tell me, do you have a need for a coat-robe? What types of coats best suit your lifestyle? Have any recommendations for us?