Tips for Choosing Your Winter Coat

To quote Game of Thrones: Winter is coming. For many of us, this means it’s time to buy a new winter coat. Whether you’re surfing the web, visiting your favorite retailer, or hitting up a local thrift store, follow these tips to make sure you find a coat that will keep you cozy all season long.

Look for Quality

If you’re shopping at a brick-and-mortar location, it’s important to check out the seams, the material, the lining, etc., to make sure a particular coat is high quality enough to suit your lifestyle. If you are shopping virtually, the best thing you can do is read the description and make yourself aware of the site’s return policy.

Consider Why You Need Your Coat

The type of coat you’ll purchase for a weekend ski trip will look very different from the one you would wear to work. Before spending money on a winter coat, consider what your overall needs are.

Be Patient

Like any other article of clothing you may be shopping for, finding the perfect coat requires a certain amount of patience. Allow yourself time to visit multiple stores and try on various coats because no two coats will fit the same. If you give yourself time, you’ll be much more satisfied with your purchase.

Warmth Is Your Top Priority

Sometimes we forget that practicality is more important than how a piece looks. Sure, you may find a coat that looks great, but if it doesn’t keep you warm, what’s the point? Stylish and practical coats exist, so don’t give up hope. Allow yourself the time to find one that is both warm and fits your vibe.

Leave Room for Layers

It may go without saying, but make sure you’ll be able to fit a couple of layers under your coat comfortably – especially if you live in a particularly cold climate.

One Word: Pockets

When it comes to winter coats, pockets are a necessity. Where else are you going to store your gloves (and candy wrappers)? It’s 2021; we shouldn’t still be fighting this fight.

Peacoats Are a Solid Choice

Peacoats are flattering on practically everyone. They look super-chic, and you can find them in just about any retailer at a variety of price points, colors, and patterns. The best part? You can also usually score some pretty rad vintage peacoats at thrift stores.

Our Picks

Here are a few coats we love for this winter:

We the Free Kaja Vegan Bonded Peacoat from Free People ($248, shop here)

Vilagallo Colorblocked Sherpa Coat from Anthropologie ($448, shop here)

Penelope Wool Coat from Free People ($268, shop here)

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