A winter coat is one of those items you have for a few years. One that needs to go with pretty much everything, including warmer layers like jumpers. If any purchase you want to love a 10 out of 10, it is this one.
Depending on where you live in terms of climate you may or may not get lots of wear out of this coat. I used to live in Melbourne and my winter coat got lots of wear, here in Sydney I have more use for a thick puffer for standing at the soccer field to watch my son play.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
For each type of coat there are things to consider, so I have taken a few current styles and added some of the questions I would ask myself before selecting for a client.
I start from a place of possibility and then navigate through all elements. Like a huge quiz where there are only 3 answers possible: YES… NO …. MAYBE.
So let’s start with a long coat. Over the years I have created many Pinterest coat folders and made them specific. Puffer, coats, capes, trench, leather, parka and coatigans to name a few. I continue to add new styles to these.
When you are doing your research online, keep an eye out for the height of the model to work out where the coat would finish on you. For example the coat model below is 183cm – an average 23cm taller than the women I have dressed over the years.
Also take into account what size she is wearing. In this case an XS.
The material will be online as well and if you are trying on in store have a look at the label what the coat is made of and how you need to care for it.
The colour is the all important consideration so choose a shade that will go with most things. A colour that makes you happy and looks good on you.
This one is by SABA but click on the image and it will take you to all the long coats I have spotted from retailers at many different price points. The same questions apply to all of them.
Not sure which country invented this category but it is getting more and more traction. Quite possibly Australia as the temperature rises so much in the day that a coatigan will be warm enough and supersedes the use of a coat.
Where I grew up in Europe, it is unheard of that you would not have a winter coat. Every house has a designated spot to store them when guests come over.
The look of this item is more like a cardigan and will be worn in this way so needs an additional number of questions to make sure you can wear it with most things you already have.
The one thing I have seen happen over many years is that women wear their cardigans one or two sizes too big. Fit your shoulders and arms only and take two smaller sizes than your usual size into the change room. It will look better at the back if you wear the right size.
I am a huge fan of this style and have loved my Cue cape winter jacket for many years now. Cue, Veronika Maine and Witchery are currently stocking this style.
If this is a style you love I would also check Allora capes (from Melbourne) out as they make exquisite shapes.
It is a boxier style at the back so take that into consideration. Always check out the back image online to see how that will look on you.
This style comes in all shapes, sizes, sleeves and lengths. A great item to keep you warm. As a soccer mum I love snuggling into my full length puffer and stay warm and cozy.
There are many elements of style to recognise but the general idea is that you have pockets of puff or down to keep you warm.
There are many puffer versions available. I would say try on and see which one you love the most.
Zoom Into A Style Session
If you feel a bit stuck with your wardrobe. I am so happy to help. My zoom sessions are super effective to give you the looks that work for you.
I do all the prep work in creating styles to propose to you, just as I do in person, and when we meet via video I will take you through my thoughts on what I think would look great on you. All based on what you are looking for.