A winter coat is a sophisticated must-have investment piece that will stand the test of time. It will be ever-versatile and fashion-forward, just the thing to revitalize your look. Since winter coats are the sartorial backbone of our seasonal wardrobe, it’s absolutely essential that we find the perfect one. So, keep on reading for our guidelines.
Opt for a flattering fit.
“The traditional rule of sleeve length is that it should hit at the base of the thumb, but I like to have it a little higher so you can see the cuff. However, if it doesn’t fit you in the shoulders, you’re in trouble as trimming down a shoulder is labor-intensive and expensive,” says Brian Trunzo, co-owner of Carson Street Clothiers. So before buying that sale item, make sure it fits you well or large enough so you can make some alterations needed. According to fashion designer Brunello Cucinelli, the easiest fix a tailor can make to a coat is to take in the waist as it will instantly give it more shape. So, think of your boxy coats that can be altered to give you more womanly curves. However, the only thing that can’t be fixed is if the coat is small as you won’t have enough seam allowance to open it up.
Resort to versatile colors that go well with most of your outfits.
Neutral shades like black, gray, camel, white and such are classy and versatile enough, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go for navy, military green and such that will still go well with any of your outfits. Camel is part of the natural and nude palette that will compliment most colors including denim and soft pastels. If you are blessed with pale porcelain skin and soft blonde hair, opt for the creamer shades of camel to look more flattering.
Think of a coat that easily shifts from work to play.
A classic coat is a savvy choice which easily shifts from work to play. Fashioned in lighter weight fabrications such as cotton blends, the trench coat bridges the seasons with ease. Like fashion blogger Danielle Bernstein, think of topping your all-white winter outfit with a camel coat that will add some polish to your street looks.
Add some personality with colors and prints.
Though classic coats are timeless, you can show off your artistic and playful vibe with bold colored and bold printed coats. Like fashion blogger Veronica Popoiacu, you may think of a checkered coat that will refresh your all-black outfit that looks creative in the winter months. Or, channel your classy chic vibe with a striped coat worn with a fur scarf like fashion blogger Blair Eadie did. By heeding these tricks, you’ll be able to look more fashion-forward in coats this winter season.