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.

10 Thoughts on “Work Style Monday – Coat Shopping

  1. Great tips! I struggle finding a good coat that suits my body type, I’m so short so coats tend to drown me or make me look frumpy πŸ™

  2. Shanns on May 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm said:

    This does look like a dress…but I have seen a red coat and thought about buying it…!! I am racking my brain trying to remember where….maybe Cue? I will go back to Chatswood and scan the shops again…oh I wish I could remember…stay tuned!

  3. Lucy on May 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm said:

    Does look like it might be a dress – but gorgeous colour! Will keep my eyes peeled for you πŸ™‚ Meanwhile I’m lusting after a beautiful coat in Witchery – but I have bought SO much winter clothing lately (thanks to the epic cold snap in Melbourne at the moment) so I’m struggling to work out how to afford it! πŸ™

  4. I bought a red, hip-length, hooded duffle coat from Target about three years ago that I love and it’s a good red, not a cheap red. Maybe keep an eye about there.

    I was looking for a new professional black coat for this year and bought a lovely heavy twill high-thigh length peacoat for $100 from Country Road at DFO – absolute steal. I’m still waiting for it to get cold enough to crack it open as once it’s on, then it’s on! Winter is here for realz.

  5. I think you can’t go wrong with a trench, nipped in at the waist!

  6. This is so helpful – althought I’m trying not to buy any more coats this winter.
    Good luck finding a red coat – I would love a red one!
    P.S. That leopard one is amaaaazing.

  7. I love coats and blazers in winter, and seem to alternate between the two, depending on the weather. I want a red coat too, but it doesn’t seem to be a coat colour that’s very ‘in’ at the moment. A shame, because red is my favourite colour!

  8. I am envious- it is good you don’t have cold winters- I hate them!

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