Tuesday 4 December 2012

winter coat buying guide

Winter Coats

winter coat  wool coat  women's coat  fur coat 
Before we get into the post, a fun little pop quiz for you! Can you guess which of the coats above are designer and which are from the high street? Continue reading to get the answers and see if you were right!

1) Designer: Valentino @ Harvey Nichols £2325
2) High Street: Alice Collarless Wool Mix Jacket Topshop £80
3) High Street: Mink Check Coat Next £80
4) High Street: Quilted Single Breasted Military Coat Next £70
5) Designer: Alexander McQueen @ Net-A- Porter
6) Designer: Burberry Prorsum @ Net-A- Porter

How many did you get right? 

Now getting back on topic. A winter coat is an investment piece for your wardrobe. If you think about the cost per number of wears (especially if you live somewhere cold!) then your definitely getting your money's worth. If chosen correctly you can wear it year after year, lasting a number of winters.

This is our simple Do's and Dont's guide to buying that perfect Winter Coat.

Do pick a style that suits your personality.
Do stick to a classic timeless style.
Don't buy something that is a big trend for the particular year unless this is the specific reason your getting it and don't plan on wearing it the following year.
Do consider what you shall be wearing the coat for and when you'll be wearing it. For example if your going to be wearing it to the office everyday, you may want to consider a more formal style.
Don't be afraid to get two different styles. One for work, one for play. One for the day, one for the evening.

Do invest in a winter coat. A good coat will last you for years.
Do buy the best for your budget.
Don't buy something you can't afford and get yourself in debt!

Don't buy a size too small.
Do try before you buy if you can.
Do consider what you will be wearing underneath the coat, you may want to go a size up if you are going to wearing thick winter jumpers!
Don't be afraid to go a size up if needs be.

Do consider buying a colour other than black, vibrant colours can cheer you up on those miserable winter mornings.
Do be realistic though, the bright pink coat may look good on the rack but are you going to want to wear it 24/7. If the answers no stick to more neutral colours.
Do choose a colour that complements your skin tone.

Do check that the length hits you at a point that is flattering.
Do consider what you shall be wearing underneath. If you like wearing skirts and dresses, make sure your hemlines will be covered.

And lastly don't be afraid to hold out for something you love! Remember a coat is a piece you will be wearing on the outside, the first thing people will notice about you, and a piece that will last you years, so it's definitely worth finding something you feel comfortable in, but also something that you will enjoy wearing for years to come.

What are some of your tips when buying a coat? Share them in the comments :) 

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Sita & Radha xoxo


  1. love this guide ;)
    I like your blog,would You like to follow each other ? just let me know dear :)
    XO MP

  2. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog :)
    I really like your blogposts, they are really helpful and interesting :)

  3. I really liked this post, I got 5 out of 6, I thought the next coat (no3) might be designer too. I have an Armani exchange coat that I'm now wearing in my 5th year, yep 5th year, it looks good as new and I love the style. I do have other coats but I always go back to it, xoxo.

  4. ove this set!
    want to buy each one haha :D

    great blog by the way :)
    kisses from Russia,

  5. Love coats!!! Fab guide!!!

  6. Thank you for your comment :) I love this guide to coat buying. I am a sucker for coats, but I always try to invest in pieces that will last forever. So I now have heaps of coats, but I love all of them equally and they will all last forever! x

  7. This is a great guide! I loved the topshop one :)

  8. Great guide and great coats! Love #1 and 5!!
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

  9. Great, love this post! All those coats are just FAB! xx The Golden Girls

  10. Hi, girls! I just came around your blog and I find it great!
    It’s definitely amazing when you get to meet new people:) It would be great to follow each other, what do u think? I'm following you right now, hope you will do same!
    Have a fabulous time!

    Best wishes, Alexandra

  11. Thanks for your comment on my blog.I follow you.I hope that you return to go through my blog and I follow also.I hope you pretty.


  12. Very informative! Clean lines. Love it.


  13. Oh great. I totally like #1 and it happens to be one of the most expensive ones, hah! Thanks for the tips :)

  14. great tips!
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  15. Thanks for sweet comment, dear!

    Awesome post! And very cute blog!

    I am your follower now (with gfc & bloglovin` & lookbook).
    And I will be SOO happy, if you follow me:-)




  16. second one is my fav <3

  17. Interesting post, dear.
    Would u like to follow each other?


  18. Love the first and 5th coat! I agree that buying a colour is important but I think getting the staples first is best, like a black coat or beige coat - something you can wear anywhere!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

  19. Lovely blog: I'm a new follower and I thank you for visiting my blog ;)))


  20. Many thanks for the comment!
    Kisse my girls!


  21. I love the first and the fifth! They're very pretty. :)

    xx Daphne of http://daphnebenosa.com

  22. I love this post and you know I love coats! Have a nice weekend.

    xo Jo


  23. Wow, great post! :D I like the Alexander McQueen coat and the Topshop jacket!
    Thanks for your lovely comment! :3


  24. Hey thr!Loved this post..esp the 1 points a) hemlines shud be covered & b) dont get urself in debt :) TC


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