How to Find the Perfect Winter Coat

Coats are a staple piece in any wardrobe, especially for the long, harsh winters we face here in Toronto. While we want to buy something that’s practical, we want it to align with our style and work seamlessly with our outfits. Looking for coats that are both warm and stylish is possible! If you’re in need of a new winter coat this year here are a couple things to consider before you invest. Check out our top coat shopping tips:

 

Pay Attention to Coat Length

Coat length is important to consider when shopping because different lengths pair best with different outfits. Plus, the right coat length will keep you looking well-proportioned. If you’re choosing a shorter-length coat, look for something that cuts just below the belt line. A longer coat should hit around the knee and if you wear a lot of dresses or are looking at coats for dressier occasions, it’s best to go for a longer style. Coats that stop below or around knee-length will keep you super warm and pair nicely with a dress, no matter what length. Pro tip: If you want a coat that will cover all your bases, go for knee-length. You can wear it with a pair of pants, a dress or skirt! And don’t be afraid to alter. As long as you fit for the shoulders, most other parts can be taken in or up (or in some cases, with higher end coats, taken out)

 

Look at Fit and Detailing

If you’re buying a bulkier coat, look for belts, drawstrings, seaming or ruching to define your waistline–we love belts because you can tie them in front or around the back if you’re leaving them open! Princess seaming is also a great way to offset the bulk of a coat and define the waist. Lastly, consider whether the lapels are an appropriate width for your shoulders, especially if you want a precise, tailored fit. If you’re looking at a coat with buttons, make sure they button at the smallest part of the torso (your natural waistline) and aren’t too low or high. We have even added button holes above other buttons for petite clients or clients with shorter torsos.

 

Consider Colouring

Buying coats in a neutral tone guarantees that whatever you’re wearing underneath, it will always match. Plus, you can always add a pop of colour or pattern with a colourful scarf or hat. Navy is a neutral that works beautifully with every season. Brown or camel is amazing on warmer skin tones, where black and grey is best for cooler skin tones. Once you have your neutrals covered, you can always invest in a colour or pattern that you love.

 

Here are some of our favourite brands to help you in your search for a coat this winter:

 

Support Local: My Coat is Blue

Classic Coats with a Twist: Simon’s 

Amazing Long Elegant Coats: Massimo

One of Canada’s favourites: Soia and Kyo

A very cool Spanish brand: Indi and Cold 

Bonus points for Human sizing J Crew

 

Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming holiday sales! (Black Friday weekend and cyber Monday are guaranteed to get you a discount). November and December are the best months to shop for a coat and snag a deal.

 

Cute coats make cold weather a bit more bearable and we want to see yours! Tag us in your next coat purchase on on Instagram @your_shop_girl!

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