With the colder months creeping up on us, it is time to update your wardrobe to reflect the changing seasons, and this means adding in some fall and winter coats. While neutral colors and styles may be great to wear year upon year, a statement coat is always fun to have, as this will instantly brighten up your cold weather outfits, and help you to stand out from the crowd.
Bold but Classic Colors and Prints
While you want your coat to make a statement, you do not want it to appear too trendy, as this will mean that you will not be able to wear it next year. When it comes to choosing colors and prints, opt for ones that are bold and vibrant, but still elegantly classic, such as stripes, checks or animal prints. These patterns tend to not go out of style, making your statement coat quite the investment piece.
Not everybody enjoys wearing bold colors and prints, and, if this is the case for you, then you can always look to the silhouette of your coat to make a statement. There are so many different styles out there that can really add some drama to your outfit, even if they are in neutral colors, such as oversized coats, vintage-inspired coats, and exaggerated details, from zippers to buttons to pockets. However, when it comes to picking a silhouette, you still need to make sure that it suits your body shape. Those who are taller can go for longer styles of coats, while those who are more petite should opt for styles that are shorter and well-tailored.
Try Out Different Fabrics and Textures
The majority of winter coats out there will be made from a waterproof fabric, as winters tend to be wet. However, do not be afraid to opt for alternative fabrics and textures when it comes to picking out a statement coat, whether this may be leather, tweed, cashmere, faux fur, or a knit. If the choices are too overwhelming, try to consider the types of outfits that you will be wearing your coat with, and opt for a fabric and texture that will contrast with this.
Do Not Forget About Warmth
While you are thinking about color, print, silhouette, fabric and texture, you need to ensure that you do not forget to pick out a coat that will provide you with sufficient warmth, because this is, after all, its purpose. When it comes to warmth, wool coats tend to be the warmest, but, if you have opted for a cooler fabric or cut, you can still make sure that the coat features a warm lining, whether this may be fleece, shearling, or another cosy fabric.
A statement coat is a great way to add some attitude to your winter outfits, but you need to ensure that you pick one that not only flatters you, but also complements the rest of your winter wardrobe. Do not forget that when wearing a statement coat, you should try to keep the rest of your accessories simple, as this will help your coat to really stand out.