The weather gets colder and the coats get heavier, but finding a coat is not difficult when you know what to look for. For your work wardrobe, coats that hit at the knee or just above work best because they look great with pants, skirts or dresses. An added bonus is that the longer the coat, the more warmth it provides. Other tips on finding a great winter coat:

  1. Choose natural fibers. Wool coats are classic and come in a variety of colors and styles and stay very warm and comfortable even if they get damp in the snow. Natural fibers also allow your coat to “breath,” which is necessary to keep you warm.
  2. Down-filled coats are the warmest, especially when faced with wind-chill temperatures in the -20 degree range. Look for smaller quilting, A-line shaping or even quilting done in a diagonal or diamond pattern to keep the coat from overwhelming you.
  3. Faux fur on the inside feels luxurious. But test it out before removing the tags to ensure it will keep you plenty warm.
  4. Keep the neck warm with a button or zip at the neck. If your coat doesn’t have either feature, make sure your scarf is wool or cashmere. Warm neck, warm body!
  5. Make sure you purchase a coat large enough to fit over your bulky sweaters or blazers.
Some great finds:
  1. Military Inspired by Worthington combines classic tweed (other colors available) with the trendy military look. The neck buttons up high for extra warmth. Securing the belt will keep the chest area warmer and the A-line style and seam pockets are slimming on many figures.
  2. Coldwater Creek Whipstitched Coat with faux suede and shearling will keep you toasty warm, especially when wearing the hood. Princess seams and hidden pickets slenderize the silhouette. (I think I had this coat in 1974!)
  3. bebe Double Breasted Coat with Detachable Faux Fur Collar offers ultra feminine with pleated detail at sleeve and slightly puffed shoulders. The detachable collar creates extra versatility!
  4. bebe also offers this Quilted Sateen Coat with down filling. Notice the diagonal stitching, belt and A-line shape, which are necessary when wearing such a big coat. Stylish and warm have never looked so good!
  5. Nautica’s Long Sleeve Hooded Toggle Front coat with its sporty design will keep your spirits high when the temperatures drop. If black is too harsh for your skin tone, try navy for a softer yet neutral color.
  6. Tallissimee’s Wool Coat offers warmth and the feminine detailing at the empire level keeps the eyes away from a larger midsection.

May you always look great!

Pat Roland, CTIC