Okay. so lets talk about coats…..
Because, why not. It’s bloody cold now isn’t it. Well in the UK it is. I’m not going to lie, I actually quite like it.
I like dressing up warm, I like bonfire night, I like cold walks with the dog, but don’t get me wrong, I also like cosying up on the sofa.
Who else is OBSESSED with buying coats? I have way too many coats. It actually created arguments between me and my boyfriend because they bulge out of my cupboard so much it becomes a nightmare to close shut! But hey-ho, who cares, a girl can never have to many leather jackets, teddy coats or padded jackets now can she.
Coats are considered more of an accessory these days than an actual piece that’ll keep you warm in cold weather and dry on the rainy days. However, coats serve this dual function of looking good and being entirely practical at the same time. Sometimes we think of coats as a lot more than they’re worth, as we have to take them off indoors, find somewhere to put them, and then lug them around for the rest of the day until you go back outside.
However, a coat can really make an outfit for those dress up days at work, on night outs, or if you’re having your own mini photo shoot. So here’s some tips for deciding on a light jacket or a heavy/ thicker coat on your days out.
Try to Make it Practical
A lot of the time we wear a coat because it completes a look (well I do anyway), instead of having any practical function to its addition. This however, makes us a lot hotter throughout the day, and means we won’t feel any of the coat’s benefit in the evening, when it typically gets cooler. My mum used to tell me this all the time “Don’t wear your coat inside, otherwise you wont feel the benefits when you step into the cold!”.
When it comes to the sweltering heat though, do take off the leather jacket even if you think it completes your look. Leather jackets make you sweat, and I’ve deffo experienced this before!!
For the Lighter Days with a Summer Twist
Remember that funny scene from Miss Congeniality? When Cheryl is asked what her favourite date is she answers, ‘April 25th, because it’s not too hot and it’s not too cold. All you need is a light jacket!’ With that in mind, finding the perfect jacket for both the weather and what you’re wearing underneath is going to take a little searching.
When it comes to women’s jackets, there’s a lot of choice out there. Whether you want leather or faux leather, faux fur, or just a simple number that doesn’t go past your hips, multiple choices work here. Dressing for the summer, and like we’re still in summer, means you’re going to have lighter fabrics to avoid sweat patches (ew) and overheating. So no leather here! Save that for the autumn times, when that mustard or burgundy leather piece that’s much loved can be broken out for some extra style in the piles of autumn leaves.
A trench coat is both a great style and weather piece, as it keeps your whole body covered, yet is quite thin as well. It can be added on as a filler piece, or even complete an outfit no matter what you have on. They work wonders with both jeans and skirts, as long as the underneath comes down a little further than the coat itself! I really need to invest in a trench coat this winter, and Primark have some really reasonable ones, that actually look really classy!
Putting on Your Winter Coat
Having something a little more heavy duty is necessary for when the winds become bracing and the snow starts to (possibly) fall. If you live in a northern area, you’re going to experience more extreme winter conditions, and so you need to plan accordingly. The south isn’t going to be quite as hard hit, but it still gets bloomin cold at times, especially considering southern areas get the most sun exposure the rest of the year!
A lot of the time, we wish we had a coat that stretched from the neck to our feet, but they’re expensive and often impractical. Unless you’re a style icon yourself, you might not have enough confidence to wear one either, considering they get very fluffy and oversized when it matters. Instead, opt for something with insulation. Padded jackets with the faux fur lining are extra comfy and super warm. Although, I admit, they’re probably not the prettiest of jackets, but they can look pretty cool if you wear with with the right things. And sometimes, lets be honest, for our own sanity, sometimes practicality overrules style, especially when the tip of your nose feels like it’s going to fall off, you know it’s a cold one and you need to wrap up!
There’s actually a lot of thinking that goes into creating a perfect coated look, and that usually means we need to put some effort into finding a good coat that’s versatile and can serve us whatever the weather. As long as one has a hood and can be buttoned up, you’re usually good to go for the mild conditions. For the heavier rainfall, you can break out the big number, and for the breezy sunny days you have the overthrow that gives you room to breathe, but looks stylish as well. Coats really are wonderful outer pieces!
Anyway, I hope you liked this!
Anyone else have an unhealthy obsession with coats and jackets? Let me know in the comments below!
Lots of love,
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