To survive winter stylishly is to know your way around winter coats. And not all coats are made equal. Cheating out on quality now means you’ll pay big time later on. My three winter coat staples are a black fitted down coat, a wool full length camel coat and a fur coat. I’m an advocate of the vintage kind… all my fur coats are older than me!
These three types keep me warm and stylish on the coldest of days.
The Fitted Down Coat
No need to look like Stay Puft, there are many varieties of the fitted and warm down coats out there. A key essential for me is that the coat itself is not heavy. I bought a LandsEnd coat similar to the one on the far right (above) a few years ago and it’s my favourite. You can purchase this version which is quite similar to mine. It’s super warm and is not heavy. Not to mention, it’s ‘multi-occasional’! I have this coat in black to get the most use out of it. You can always add a belt to it to make it even more sleek (show your waist!). But I prefer to wear mine without. One less thing to do up! Hello new mom!
The Camel Coat
When purchasing a camel coat, make sure it is mostly made of wool. A polyblend type will barely keep you warm during these harsh winter months. I’m really digging this one from Soia & Kyo, similar to the centre picture or this one which is feminine with a bit of a military look from DVF.
The Fur Coat
I have luckily inherited all of my fur coats. Fur is amazing for warmth as the cold air does not go through it. Keep in mind you can find some great fur coats in vintage stores and can have them tailored to your size. In Montreal, Harricana is very reputable for this (not to mention creating other items from vintage pieces). I love her winter accessories, but that can be an entire new post on that alone! Stay tuned.
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