These freezing temperatures have got me thinking hard about my cold weather apparel, specifically and most importantly, my winter coat.
Every time I go to get a new coat, I always seem to walk away with a purchase, which although cute, fails the sub-freezing temperature test.
Over the years, I’ve learned some lessons the hard way, and this time around, I plan on getting a winter jacket that will not only be warm and cozy in even the toughest of gales, but also see me through multiple winters to come. And if it’s not too much to ask, I’d also like to look at least a little bit cute through it all.
Here’s the five non-negotiables on my winter coat check-list. And if the jacket hunting gets you down, just repeat like a mantra, “winter can’t last forever.”
1. Check The Length.
Before you walk out the door with your new, cute outerwear, make sure to check that the jacket is a length that suits the rest of your wardrobe. If you wear mostly knee-length dresses and skirts, don’t get a coat that hits you mid-thigh and vice versa. Unless you’re going for one of those full-body, cocoon type-jackets, in which case, no laws of fashion apply. (And on some days I am very, very jealous of you.)
2. Big Pockets
Make sure you have lots and lots of pocket room because on chilly days ahead, you’re going to want to be able to stuff your hat, gloves, phone and more in there! Small pockets means a long winter filled with lost mittens and cold hands.
3. Make Sure It Closes!
Check to see how the jacket fastens and make sure it button, snaps, or zips all the way up. Sure that open front coat looks really cool, but when a snowy breeze blows your way you might as well not be wearing it!
4. Does It Have A Hood?
So, I guess saying this is a non-negotiable is too strong a phrase. A hood is not a mandatory coat feature, however, it really never hurts anything. Hats are great and do amazing things for keeping you warm, but pop a hood on top of that, especially in a snow storm, and you are winter ready.
5. What’s It Made Of?
Always, no matter what you’re buying, before you take it to the checkout, hell, before you even try it on, check the fabric! This is crucial because, first of all, you’ll immediately have a much clearer understanding of the garments quality and worth, versus the store’s price, and secondly, you’ll be able to tell how warm it will be. Make sure if you’re buying something wool that it’s always the biggest percentage on the tag and avoid acrylic!
Last, but not least, make sure you love the way you look!
Do you Lovelies have trouble buying winter coats? What are some of your winter jacket buying secrets? How do you stay warm when the temperatures start to get lower and lower?