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Buying Your Perfect Winter Coat

By Maurice D. Yamamoto

A winter coat means different things to different people. If you live in Florida, or any other of the lower states, a winter coat may simply mean a gentle jacket. For others in the northern climates, a winter coat means something that’ll keep you warm when it is 30 outside or actually less. Here are a couple of tips on how to choose a winter coat that will be right for you.

The first thing you need to consider when choosing a winter coat, is what activities you will be doing while wearing it. Do you need a nice, more formal lengthy coat to wear when you are going to work or out on a date, or do you need something that you can wear while engaging in winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, or sledding? You definitely do not want to be wearing a good wool coat if you are to be out thrashing in the snow. In addition, a puffy, down jacket would not look so warm over your evening dress.

If you could be out playing in the snow, you’ll want a coat that’s warm. The warmest type of winter coat is made of down. Look for a high fill power, because this indicates a high quality down, meaning it’s a warmer coat.

If you want a winter coat that is sleek and stylish, consider a wool coat. Wool coats will last for years, so they are a great addition to your wardrobe. They also will keep you warm, even if they get wet, which is a nice point. In addition, wool coats are open in many sophisticated styles.

Another thing to consider is what length you’d like. Again, you don’t want a winter coat that hangs to your knees when you’re playing in the snow. However, a longer coat may be good when you’re out running errands.

Quality is important in your winter coat selection. Make sure you look your chosen jacket over carefully, looking at the seams, checking the pockets and the zippers especially. It is very frustrating to finally choose a coat, get it home and have the zipper stick. The zipper area is very important because it gets a lot of use and so it must be extremely sturdy. If you have buttons, check them all make sure the threading is strong and none of the buttons are hanging off by only a thread for two. Button them all up make sure the buttonholes are large enough. You’d not really think this would be a problem, but it’s sometimes.

While the good-quality coat is expensive, you can often find them on sale during certain times of the year. After Christmas, and in January and even February’s a great time to look. Check out your larger department stores, because they often have a larger selection, especially towards the end of the season. Moreover, they frequently have the best sales.

Choosing a winter coat is something we all have to do at one time or another. Making sure your winter coat noted author and a selection is appropriate for your winter activities is important. Making sure the coat quality is fine makes the difference between having to shop famously every couple of years for brand new coat of versus buying a brand new one every year.

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Yamamoto, Maurice D. "Buying Your Perfect Winter Coat." Buying Your Perfect Winter Coat. 16 May. 2010. 2 Dec 2014 <>.

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