Winter is here and threatening again. You need a good coat, but which one should you get?
Classic cold coverage. Long and made from heavy wool, Overcoats bleed dressy class. If you’re wearing a suit, and it’s cold outside, this is the perfect coat. The length and thickness block windy drafts, and wool holds in your body heat. You can purchase overcoats in three-quarters — hits you just above the knee — or full — hits just above your ankle — lengths.
While the traditional full-length overcoat maintains it’s dressiness, a three-quarters length overcoat in charcoal or camel (I love this color) also looks great with a pair of jeans and will add a bit of class to casual outfit. I regularly wear my three-quarters camel coat and jeans, and I get complements every time.
Rainy protection. Trench coats are lighter, shorter and far more waterproof than heavy, wool overcoats. The matrix made these a cult fashion item for techno-punks in 1999, but they’ve been the go to raincoat since their first use by British officers in World War I. Officers, unlike the rank enlisted, were allowed to purchase their own clothes from tailors, and they quickly adopted this waxed, water-resistant coat. These soldiers fought in wet, muddy trenches and needed strong water protection against the elements. Hence, “trench”-coat.
You don’t need to dress up with a trench coat either.
For when it’s cold. When the wind is blowing snow — sideways, and you have to go out in it, you want a parka. This is the coat worn by the winter explorers who first reached the North Pole, and for good reason. Parkas are packed full of down (the soft, insulating under-feathers of a goose), have a substantial hood, and are typically lined with fur to block the wind and add warmth.
These are not dressy. They are functional. Basically, you don’t need one unless you’re already wearing some type of thermal underwear and that’s just not enough. A smaller and lighter version of the parka is becoming popular, but you can still distinguish if from trench coats by its hood and more casual look. This too should remain a casual and weekend coat.
Glad we got that cleared up. Feeling ready to fight the elements this winter?
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