Your Guide To Buying That Perfect Winter Coat
Rossi makes his debut on my blog with this post. I was dressed to head out and he wasn't in the mood to let me go; so he decided to join me in some of the pictures. :-)
Wore this look on a freezing Delhi Sunday. As you can see the look is all about my outerwear. A classic black coat is a must have, however, you must choose yours carefully so that it can be that timeless addition to your wardrobe.
Coats are an essential part of any man or woman's winter wardrobe. They are available in innumerable styles and selecting the right one can be quite confusing. So here are a few pointers to keep in mind while looking for that perfect one...
Your first coat should ideally be in a neutral colour such as black or brown. My go-to coat is black, not only am I able to wear it over most of my clothes but I prefer this colour because a light one will get dirty very fast. (If you have the basics covered, then opt for a classic fall colour, I've got coats in blue and green).
Cashmere and mohair are ideal for sweaters, for everyday outerwear, I would recommend opting for wool as it is much more durable. In all probability you will be buying a blend, so just make sure that the majority of the percentage is given to wool.
I like the belted coats as they help in giving the look a bit of shape. However, I always check to see if the belt is removable as I'd like to have to option of wearing the coat without a belt.
The coats's length is also an important point to consider. A longer coat such as the one I am wearing in the pictures, is not only warmer than a short jacket but also works well with different types of garments. Jeans, skirts as well as dresses can be worn under a coat of this length. A shorter jacket is more casual and better suited to jeans.
Apart from the utility the right length is also crucial so that it is apt for your body type particularly if you are petit. Coats that end on the thigh or just above the knees work best with all body types. Avoid a coat that ends on your knees as it will make you look shorter and your legs appear stubby.
Find black boring? The right addition of accessories can make all the difference (given your coat is minimal when it comes to the detailing). Style your black coat with stylish scarves, gloves, hats, handbags and boots for an updated look.
For extra warmth, check for coats that have a removable lining or a drawstring at the bottom to keep the cold out. Double-breasted coats are also warmer than the single-breasted ones. I also recommend opting for coats that can be zipped up or buttoned up completely.