All purchases should be smart ones, and when it comes to core pieces for our closets, we should invest. In this first edition of “Smart Shopping,” you’ll learn why investing in a good coat is key.
It’s undeniable: winter is over and the warm breeze of spring is here to remind us to move our winter clothes to the back of our closets. It’s a bittersweet moment for me because I love winter. I love to wear a knit turtleneck with a skirt and booties and top it all off with a great coat.
A cashmere coat might not go with your casual post-gym vibe, and even if you are wearing a gorgeous sequined dress from Dior, the wrong coat could throw off the look. All of this is to say that the right coat can make the difference between your being the best or worst dressed person in the room.
That’s why investing in a good coat is key. You should purchase one that works with all of the other pieces in your closet, that is versatile and can be used during the daytime or at night. Here are some recommendations that you should consider when purchasing a coat:
Know Your Body
It’s important to know what works best for your body before buying a coat. For example, if you have an hourglass figure, a wrap coat would work well for accentuating your waist. If you have a more pear-shaped body, it’s important to highlight your shoulders, and you can do so with a coat that has good structure on top.
Read the Label
This isn’t the time to buy something low-quality just to save a buck. A coat should be treated as an investment piece. It is something that will be in your closet for many years, so you have to look for quality. Natural fabrics are better than synthetic ones: polyester and nylon will not only last for less time, they are also likely to not be as warm. This is why I recommend never buying a coat without first reading the label. Even if it looks like wool or cashmere, it might not actually be, and you don’t want to pay a lot for something that is not as high-quality as it could be.
As I’ve alluded to above, a good coat is a forever piece. So, don’t look for something too trendy. I know that we sometimes fall in love with a coat in a color that’s hot at the moment or with an atypical silhouette that will only be fashionable for a couple of months, but try to look for traditional silhouettes in timeless colors like camel, black, or gray. The best thing to do when buying a coat is put your faith in the classics.
The Importance of Functionality
Above all, your coat should do its job of keeping you warm. If you buy a coat made with low-quality fabric, it will be useless. That’s why you should look for natural fibers like wool, cashmere, alpaca, and shearling. Keep in mind that a good coat should have pockets as it’s hard to walk around when you’re carrying lots of things. Always buy coats that allow you to move freely and comfortably, even with a sweater on underneath. Sira Tip: Buy a size up and whenever trying on coats, wear a chunky sweater or blazer.
These are some of the fundamentals of buying a good coat. This isn’t an inexpensive purchase, so the most important thing is finding a piece that makes you feel comfortable and warm and that you like. Prepare yourself for an extensive search, and don’t buy the first thing you see. Try various options from different brands and in different colors and silhouettes before deciding what to get.
Remember that investing in a good coat is key because it’s a piece that will be with you for a long time. Here are some options that I would love to have in my own wardrobe for next winter.
Cashmere Coat from Saint Laurent
I love the ankle-length hem and the versatility of this piece. You can wear it as part of a casual look during the daytime or when going to dinner or a party at night. The material is perfect because it is lightweight but warm and the camel color means that this coat will work well when paired with other colors.
Wool Coat from Bottega Veneta
The simplicity of this coat makes it the perfect piece. Its structured lines and double-breasted closure make it a classic. The gray color is great for any wardrobe and the oversize cut of this coat means that you can wear layers underneath when the weather turns freezing.
Wrap Coat from Max Mara
This is a piece that is sure to stay with you for many years, and you might even pass it down from generation to generation. The “A-line” silhouette is perfect for many body types, and the soft cashmere fabric makes it an instant favorite. This coat is like the best, warmest hug of your life.
The pieces I’ve shared here are great options for buying your first good coat. Investing in a coat is important, and you should try to purchase wisely! I recommend going in with a clear head and not letting emotion or impulse get the best of you as this coat will be in your closet for years to come.