Choosing a Winter Coat

While the words 'winter is coming' might be a little overused these days thanks to 'Game of Thrones', it is nonetheless true, which means it's time to pick out your new winter coat; an essential men's fashion item for the colder months ahead.

Whatever design you go for, there are various factors you should consider when picking out the right winter coat for you. For instance, getting the length right can make all the difference. Men who are on the shorter sider should avoid longer styles such as knee-length or full-length, as these can appear quite overpowering on shorter statures. Taller than average men should avoid coats that are waist-length or hip-length coats, as these can exaggerate their height and lengthen their legs.

Woollen coats and overcoats provide a classic winter style, and now come with a variety of modern twists, such as military style, parka style and modern variations on the traditional pea coat. Just warm enough in winter, a good wool coat should see you through the nippy weather and can be worn over suits as well as more casual options, like jeans and a sweater. Your winter coat should be as fitted as possible whilst allowing room for layering underneath (no gaping buttons), and you may benefit from bespoke tailoring to get the look just right.

Another thing to consider are fastenings, with many opting for zips or snap fastenings over fiddly buttons in winter, as these can be time-consuming, especially whilst wearing a pair of winter gloves. However, buttons tend to look more classic, and can give your coat more of an expensive feel.

You may wish to opt for a waterproof coat such as a parka, in which case you should also pay close attention to the seams, which should either be fully-taped or critically-taped. Either are suitable for wet outdoor weather, although fully-taped seams tend to be more costly and offers maximum protection if you're going to be spending a lot of your time in heavy rainfall. You should also ensure your waterproof coat is adequately insulated and warm enough for cold weather, as insulation in these styles can range from 30 grams all the way up to 800 grams. You may benefit from purchasing a style that comes with a removable inner, for extra versatility.

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