It’s cold, wet and none of us feel particularly excited about going outside. However, you can make the experience far more enjoyable by investing in a great winter coat. There are plenty of styles to pick from, and different types, fabrics and colours available depending on your preferences and budget. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular options.
The Classic Pea Coat
This is a great choice for those who want to wear a classically styled good-quality coat with a variety of outfits. Look for a good wool finish and a cut that works for your body shape. Good coats will be finished off well inside, with completed seams and a quality lining. Some people enjoy personalising a pea coat with their own choice of buttons and this is a great way of updating an old or vintage piece and giving it a new lease of life. Look for buttons at a haberdashery shop. Also consider colour carefully when choosing your new coat. Classic blue, grey and black work well, but a colour pop also looks lovely with a bright pea shape, particularly in the classic cuts.
This is a great choice for those who like to combine a touch of glamour and mystique in their outfits. Capes are somehow more daring and quirky than classic coats and also a superbly fashionable choice. Having said that, it’s not clear that the trend for men’s capes is really ready to take off, despite what some media outlets believe.
A Classic Leather Coat
Whether you prefer aviator, cropped, bomber, box, flowing, full-length or blazer-style, the leather coat is a perfectly flexible choice that will actually look better with age. To see the latest top-quality styles, you can check this out. You’ll want to look for features such as soft leather, a funky colour and a great fit. Remember that your leather jacket will look better over time, so be prepared to wear it in and it will begin to fit your own shape and soften with use.
A Trench Coat
This is the ultimate in classic chic and very French in style. It’s perhaps better for the warmer months, but you can still get some use out of it winter by wearing it on top of warm layers and accessorising with a warm scarf, hat and gloves. Look for a traditional shape with a single or double breast, good-quality buttons, an excellent cut and fit, sleeves that either fit your length perfectly or can be rolled back and a waist belt. Some people like to personalise theirs further by adding a different belt or even a chunky leather belt for another look. Trench coats also look great in a variety of colours, so don’t necessarily go for the classic tan, navy or black — although these will provide an absolutely fail-safe in your wardrobe.
A Functional Favourite
High-performance coats are also a winter essential. Look for down lining, technical waterproof shells, generous hoods, flexible zips and bright colours, so that you look chic whilst remaining warm and dry. Sleek styles remove the bulky finish and allow you to still feel slim.