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Choosing a Winter Coat

23 Sep 2012
 

When it comes to choosing a new winter coat the style options out there are endless. So much so at times it’s difficult to even know where to start looking, especially if you are on the indecisive end of the spectrum. First things first though decide on a colour and a material. More often than not a winter jacket will usually be a dark colour, particularly for men, black, grey, navy, brown and green are usually the most common. Occasionally you will find jackets for women that may be of a brighter colour, like red or a cream.

Nowadays you can find jackets and coats that seem very reasonably priced. However when we take a closer look at the material composition you are more than likely to discover that cotton or some form acrylic make up the majority of this ‘reasonably’ priced jacket which has caught your eye. These materials are cheap to manufacture and highlight that it’s probably not going to do a very good job at keeping you warm come mid-winter. What you should really be keeping an eye out for is a jacket made from a high composition of wool. Wool is the best insulator when it comes to a winter coat, what’s more is because it’s a natural fibre it allows the skin to breathe so it doesn’t overheat you either.

Leather is also a good contender for that winter coat, particularly sheepskin coats. They are crafted from the original skin of the animal, on the outside you have the soft leather and on the inside the gorgeous natural sheep or lamb’s wool of which there is little that can compare to luxury or the inherent warmth they can provide. Although they can be pricey depending on where you shop, when you factor in a potential lifespan of 10 years or so, providing you look after them, they then seem like a bargain. For men a flying jacket is a great choice, an understated iconic style that has been prevalent since the World War, you can’t really go wrong. For women flying jackets are also available, however if you are looking for something a bit more feminine and glamorous then a Toscana really does epitomises this. They are quite high priced items but they are worth every penny.