- Start with the Basics –Look for styles that are functional. As much as I love that new peplum trench coat I bought for fall, I know I would freeze if I wore this on my way to work during the winter. Look for classic wool options, warm puffers & parkas, and cozy peacoats. A lot of stylish options now have high collars or built-in or detachable hoods for warmth.
- Look for quality fabrics – I love finding great trends for less, but I’m also aware that sometimes the qualities of the fabrics are not up to par. Now on occasion, you may find a really great quality piece at a trendy store, but make sure you do your homework and invest in a coat with quality fabrics. Check the inside labels for wool and cashmere blends. Wool is a great fabric that also works as an insulator. Even though it may cost more, a coat with rich quality fabrics can last for several years.
- Select a coat that fits & flatters your body – Try it on to make sure that you are able to close all the buttons or zip it up. I enjoy layering and wearing chunky sweaters so I make sure that there is enough room in my coats, and that they will close with layered clothing underneath. Also make sure that it’s not too big, which can be unflattering. Make sure sleeves aren’t too tight, too short, or too long: you should be able to move around freely. Some warm coats can make you look bulky; a belted coat is a great way to define your waist and give you some shape.
Overall, have fun with your search. Try colors like red, white, pink and purple. During the cold months, when you’re commuting to work or stepping into the office, your coat will be the first thing or the only thing that some people will see. If you find yourself in the elevator with the CEO, won’t you be glad that you found that great coat that fits and makes you look and feel great? I just hope you’ve prepared your elevator pitch. Check out some chic coat options below: