During the winter months, it takes a variety of coats to get you out the door feeling stylish and pulled together while protecting yourself from the elements. At this point in the season, you know which ones you love (and which ones you are missing!)
In this week’s blog, we share a sample of the coat checklist we use with our private clients to help them part with coats that are no longer serving them while priming them to take good advantage of coat sales that are raging right now.
#1 Updated Down Puffer
As lightweight as they are warm, these truly remarkable synthetic winter jackets make it easy to say good-bye to the bulky, long puffers of yesteryear that seem to take up valuable real estate in everyone’s closet. Perfect for the gym, errands, weekends and day-to-day if you live and/or work more casually. A variety of vibrant colors (and winter pastels) make this a particularly fun item to shop for.
#2 Hooded Trench Coat
If it has a lining, it might be the only coat you need. The most modern shape for this closet staple is fitted with enough room to fit a sport coat or other layers underneath. It also looks best when it hits at or just below/above your knee. If you have one that is too long, too boxy or just plain dull, you owe it to yourself to get a new one that will put some jazz back into grey days and your overall style!
#3 Sophisticated Wraps
If you hate the idea of being confined to a coat for the entire winter season, consider adding a variety of wraps and shawls to your outerwear collection. They work well for those who are not exposed to the elements for great amounts of time. Fringe accents, rich colors and interesting woven fabrics create easy, sophisticated style when you are both indoors and outdoors throughout the long winter season.
#4 Military (and Field) Inspired Jackets
If it’s a style you are comfortable wearing, “field” and military inspired coats can lend a modern edge to outerwear. Leather gloves and boots are an easy way to accessorize this style as the weight of their signature embellishments connects to the heft and smooth finish leather provides. This look can be softened too, by adding accessories such as a cashmere scarf or soft felt beret hat.
#5 Colorful Wool Coat
Finally, if you are craving color to get you through the winter homestretch, consider getting your fix with a new wool coat in a shade you love. Yes, there is always room in your coat closet for black, gray and camel. Yet, being greeted by a raspberry, cobalt blue or yellow coat as an option can make your heart as warm as your being!
Editor’s Note: There are many great coat collection programs across the country that need good quality coats. Consider doing some research now so that you can donate in the fall when most of these programs get underway. If you live in New England, we are big fans of Anton’s Cleaners Coats for Kids. Not only do they collect the coats, they also dry clean and distribute them too!