What Would be Your Perfect Coat for Winter

French women

From Tara Jarmon

 

 

Fashion and trends push us to instantly buy this « pastel blue coat » or this « long military style one » we saw in magazines… Buying a coat is always rather expensive (at least it should be)… As an important piece of wardrobe that we’ll keep for more than a season, a coat shouldn’t be an impulsive buying.

That’s why this purchase requires comparing different options: What color? What style?  What shape? And finally what is the perfect one for me?

Here are some answers

1/ A perfect coat is a coat that will look good more than a month

That’s mean that for this piece of wardrobe more than for anything else, you have to be very attentive to the tag. I’m not speaking about the brand tag here. It’s all about the fabric.

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Whatever your crush is, you have to check the fabric tag before buying! To look good during a whole winter, a coat has to be 50% wool. It’s a minimum. Of course, no need to say, if it’s cashmere or alpaca, it’s even better ;).

Exceptions: fake fur coats, down jackets and parkas

 

2/ A perfect coat is a coat in a color that you can easily wear with anything

That’s it! You found the coat you were so obsessed with! It’s a light pink one, so cute and trendy! Besides a lot of celebs wear one already… Right. The thing is, if you really think about it, that it will only match with a pair of jeans but not with any of your skirts, pants or pair of shoes. Try to imagine: burgundy + light pink? Ocean blue + light pink? Any of green shades with light pink?… It just doesn’t work!

The perfect coat comes in a neutral color: black, navy blue, beige, camel, dark green, burgundy, off-white… you still have a wide choice!

 

Exception: you can buy a light pink coat (or whatever other pastel or vibrant colors you would like) if it’s not the only coat you’ll have. If you don’t need it every day.

 

3/A perfect coat is comfortable

Before buying your coat you don’t only have to try it on. You have to imagine it in different situations: driving, wearing thick items underneath, etc. Pay also attention at how it will protect you from the cold. Does it protect your neck or do you need to add a scarf? How do you close it? Is it with a zip? Buttons?  Do they look properly fixed? Will they stay long before falling?

 (all the coats below are from Balsamik)

French chic

This coat need a scarf or a turtleneck sweater

French Chic

This one can be close from top to bottom with a zip

French chic

This one is nice too but you have to wear it with a belt

 

4/ A perfect coat enhance your silhouette

A perfect coat is definitively not any warm XXL cloth with no shape at all that makes you look like you suddenly took 10 kilos!

Let’s see few cases:

– If you’re small and thin. Be careful about the length. Choose an adjusted cut, not too long (mid-thigh will be perfect). Multiple options are offered in that case

A ¾ wool adjusted coat, a cape, a down jacket, a pea jacket, a coat jacket, a short leather jacket…

– If you’re pulpy, beware of jackets and coats that are too fitted. Avoid down jacket (long or short) and all shapes with a belt. Prefer a trapezoid or a high waist shape.

Be also attentive to the fabric: you don’t want to add another layer to your silhouette. Opt for wool, cashmere, camel hair, boiled wool…

Some details need attention as well: avoid anything that increase the outline as large prints, chevron patterns, hoods (especially fur ones) or light colors (as off white, white, pastel)

 

– If you’re tall and pulpy: prefer fluid forms, not too adjusted cuts or belted ones. Kimonos, trapeze or princess coats or even “dressing gowns” coats are a few must. A fluid fabric is very important in any case.

– If you’re tall and thin: well, lucky one, everything will perfectly do!

 

 

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