The leaves are starting to show their robust color, and the air is a little crisper. We know what’s coming: cold weather! As a stylist, I start to think about the winter coats and outfits I will need for the cold. I think about colors, style, fit, use, and more when shopping and looking through my closet. In addition to being a real coat fan, I also love hats. One of my favorites is a little fur (red fox I think) hat I picked up in Iceland when I visited a couple of years ago between December and January. And, no, it was not frigid cold. It was a typical UK cold. It was damp and there were only about 4 hours of daylight. As an Indiana Wardrobe Stylist, I can’t understate the value of a quality coat and other winter clothes.
If you get sticker shock looking at coats, consider this: Your winter coat is one of the most important style statements you make. Why? Because people see them so much and you wear them consistently for several months! If you divide the price by the number of times you expect to wear the coat, you’ll feel much more justified in your purchase.
Indianapolis Wardrobe Stylists Tips For Finding the Right Winter Coat
There are several factors to consider when buying the right coat for you. This list has some great tips for both men and women!
- First, What kind of coat do you need? Casual, dressy; classic, or statement in style?
- What is your budget? You want to buy the best coat you can afford. Ideally in a 100 percent fiber such as wool or camel hair. I would say to typically expect to pay $200 up to $3,000 and above for a designer coat.
- Does it need to be waterproof? If so, you might consider a two-in-one coat with a waterproof shell with a puffer underneath. That means you virtually have two coats in one. I purchased one of these before we went to the Middle East in January where we knew it would be raining. It’s a great way to be prepared for whatever the weather throws at you.
- I recommend if you chose a more expensive coat that you pick a classic style you can wear for several years. For instance, when I was ready to buy a good quality winter coat, I picked a 100 percent wool camel color wrap coat. It is still as beautiful as the day I picked it out.
- Men, all of these rules apply to you as well. I love the classic peacoat or the overcoat that goes to the knee or above in a color such as navy, black, grey, tweed, navy, or burgundy. And, if you like men’s wear, ladies, try on the pea coat in that department. If it fits, it’s yours!
- Make a point to buy a coat that fits your shape/build and fits your needs. Will you wear layers under the coat? Then it needs to be a bit roomy. I notice when many people buy winter coats with sleeves that are too long. Or they leave the tags on the sleeve such as 100 percent wool or the brand. Don’t make these mistakes! Be sure to remove the stitching on the back vent. Since coats are typically made for the average height out there, you might have to alter them. Also, before you buy a coat, Google it and see if your specialty sizing is available. For women, that would be tall or petite. Men, look for short, regular, or tall sizes to find a coat with the best fit for your body. I have learned there are usually many more sizes available online than in-store.
- Also, think about coordinating hats, scarves, and gloves! Stay Tuned.
Indianapolis Wardrobe Stylists Top Picks For Winter Coats
Puffer coats are a great causal and practical option for, especially cold days. The Metropolis Parka from the North Face keeps your entire torso warm. It comes in many different colors and the North Face is generally known for high quality and durable clothing. It’s a great investment that you’ll wear for years.
Pea coats are an excellent option for both men and women. They’re a great all-season coat that can last you from fall to spring. Don’t skimp on quality. Pea coats aren’t going to fall out of style anytime soon. You can wear a pea coat to almost any occasion and it will fit right in. I love this Luke Wool-Blend Classic-Fit Peacoat from Ralph Lauren is a great choice for a great price. This Ted Baker Wool Pea Coat is a smart choice when temperatures drop.
What Will You Wear When It Gets Cold?
Need help finding a new coat for the winter? Have too many coats, but aren’t sure which ones to part with? Your Indianapolis Wardrobe Stylist Beth Divine can help you find a coat that matches your style while also being functional for cold weather. Check out my shopping, closet cleanse, and services to help you stay stylish when temperatures drop.
Keep it sassy, Indy!
Beth Divine, MA, AICI-CIC
Indianapolis Wardrobe Stylist & Image Consultant