I do admit, coats are my soft spot and my passion, although it remains somewhat unfulfilled, because I would be happiest if I had a whole lot of them. The truth is the good ones are more expensive, so we obviously don’t invest in them every single winter. However, when we make a good purchase, it will have longevity and will easily become one of the pieces you wear the most. A coat is the first thing we notice about a person in the winter time, when we walk around like onions (layering is a must), and the outside layer protects us from the cold. A good coat choice also ensures that we are noticed. We can achieve that by focusing on the tailoring, and on picking an interesting colour, which is why I’m going to focus on two shades today, both of which are quite wearable: silver grey and light brown.
Both of them are classics, ideal to wear to workplace and are appropriate in business fashion in general. They look flawless and perfect, especially if you opt for a model that’s cinched at the waist like a morning robe, which is not only fashionable, but also nice and comfortable. Coats in general should be somewhat larger, because we usually wear heavier knitwear in the winter, so it’s better not to be constricted by the upper layers. There are many different lengths to choose from: Maxi (although these aren’t the most comfortable, especially when you sit in a car), 3/4 length (they look best with high pumps), knee-length (very wearable with jeans), and shorter, which are basically just longer winter jackets.
You can wear a coat with anything, except a maxi dress or skirt, because the lengths would clash, and we want to avoid that. An elegant coat is an excellent choice when we spend most our time in trousers and low shoes, even men’s style models, because it provides the complete outfit with a bit of femininity, which can’t hurt. True fashionistas can opt for fury models, which may make a bold statement, but are also in trend and not overly complicated to style. They may seem demanding at first glance, but they actually enable us to create interesting looks, if we can only dare to be a bit bolder and avant-garde. Remember, every coat will look good in combination with a ribbed high-collar sweater: this will keep your neck warm, so you won’t even need a scarf, and you can leave the coat unbuttoned, which is the best look.
Some newer coat models have shorter, 3/4 sleeves, which means you have to wear them with long sleeve knitwear, and allow the sleeves to peek from under the coat. All I can say is that it’s a charming look, but you arms are bound to be cold; fashion, as it happens to be, doesn’t pay much attention to comfort, but rather puts more emphasis to aesthetic perfection. So it’s a matter of choice, really. Considering both silver grey and light brown are rather neutral colours, you can style them with any colour in your wardrobe; mind the jewellery though, because the silver calls for silver jewellery, and the brown for gold. It’s not a rule per say, but I can honestly advise that the look works better, if you follow it.
Let’s end with some advice regarding materials: beware of materials that pills and create bobbles or the ones that look like fleece and don’t keep you warm at all. They look good for a season, but too soon it will be time to give them away.