Buying a new winter coat can be such a pressure filled exercise. You spend hours searching online, wondering if what you choose will go out of style in a year or be warm enough, etc.
As a stylist, I am obsessed with a good overcoat. I collect them. I must have 30! It is a bit of a sickness, I admit. Of course, no one needs to own that many, but everyone should at least have a solid-colored short or mid-length style and a good long coat that will match the majority of his/her wardrobe. A super warm parka is also a necessity but that is too much information for one blog so let’s save that topic for another week!
Start by checking your closet to assess what you own. Depending on the cut, quality and fabric, you may have coats that you’ve been wearing for the last 20 years. If they are classics, like a pea coat, that may be fine. But styles, silhouettes and trends change about every five to seven years—and a trendier coat may go out of style sooner. It may be time for a winter coat update to keep your wardrobe fresh and fashionable while maintaining quality.
Know yourself–Do you like to follow the trends? Is it better for you to buy less expensive coats because you are always going to want the latest thing? Or would you rather splurge on something super chic or classic that you can wear for seven years, saving yourself shopping time and angst?
Look for signs of a well-made coat—buttons that are sewn on well…no loose or hanging threads…50% or higher natural fabrics such as wool or cashmere versus synthetics such as acrylic and polyester (unless you’re buying a down coat). If you’re buying online, read the customer reviews for help gauging fit, sizing and durability.
Quality overcoats can be pricey, so take advantage of Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales—the later in the season the smaller the selection but the better the sales. Here are some of my picks for great-looking coats, including budget-friendly ones and splurges. Let me know your favorites!
Real Life Style is a style consulting firm that teaches busy women to wear their power so they can live their lives fully and confidently. Lani Inlander and Kyle Dunphy are based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and serve clients across the country. We offer personal styling services, an on-demand e-course, corporate services, and training to become a personal stylist.
Once in a while, you can find Lani Inlander and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Mostly, they are happily busy serving their fabulous clients, not hanging out online!