Work Style Monday – Coat Shopping

The weather has finally decided to cool down here in Australia (more so on the East than for us sandgropers over on the West coast…) and as the temperature takes a steep nose dive, it’s time to start digging those coats out of the back of the closet. If all you find in the back of your wardrobe is dust, or the woodland realm of Narnia, or if you’re just sick and tired of what you packed away at the end of last Winter it’s time to go coat shopping. Personally I am on the hunt for a gorgeous red coat, simply because I’ve had a few friends tell me that I should get one. (Easily impressionable, me?) I thought it might be a good idea to put together a little checklist of things to look for when searching for the perfect work-friendly winter coat. So here we go:

01: Know your needs. Living in Australia means that you will very rarely need a big, heavily padded winter coat. In fact I tend to get away with a relatively lightweight trench coat during Winter. It’s a good idea to think about when and where you will be wearing your coat, so you don’t end up hot and bothered and standing on a crowded train full of people like me in a thick houndstooth tweed number last year.

02: Pick a flattering shape. Not everybody can pull off a floor length trench coat, and not everybody (especially me) can easily wear crop style jackets. It’s a good idea to think about your body shape, and pay attention to what style of coat will flatter your body.

03: Think about colour. If this is your first time winter coat shopping, a neutral shade in a colour flattering to your skintone will work best. If you already have one or two basic coats in your wardrobe and you want to splurge (again, me) think about investing in a brightly coloured coat, or a coat to suit the trend of the season. If you’re brave, why not opt for a gorgeous leopard print coat? And if you don’t like it, feel free to email me for my postal address and I’ll take it off of your hands.

04: Budget wisely. Coats are not the cheapest items on the rack, so it’s a good idea to think about how much you want to be spending on a coat before heading out into the bright and influential lights of the shopping world. Keep in mind that you will get quite a lot of wear out of your winter coat, so if you pick a classic style & spend a little bit more money on it, it will pay you back with a lifetime of big, warm, coaty hugs.

One final note, if any of you are out shopping and happen to spot a coat in the same shade of red as in the picture above (though I think that might actually be a dress…) please let me know ASAP and I will thank you and shower you with love and affection and cookies and such.