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5 Things to Consider when Buying a Wool Coat

Updated: Jan 31



Investing in a high-quality wool coat is a must, especially if you live in a place that leans on the colder end. A wool coat is a timeless fashion piece to incorporate into your wardrobe. You can dress it up or dress it down, either way it will instantly elevate your outfit every single time. However, not all wool coats are created equal and it is important to get one that is actually warm and well made. Here are five things to consider when buying a wool coat.

 

Percentage of Wool or Cashmere in the Coat

This is probably the most important factor of a wool coat. How much wool or cashmere is actually in the coat? A good guide is that your coat should have at least 70% wool. You need this much in there to actually be warm in a wool coat. The higher the percentage, the warmer it will be. An added blend with some cashmere, helps in softening the wool fibers and increasing the insulation. Anything less than 70% and that wool coat isn’t worth the money.

 

The Lining of the Coat

The lining of your wool coat is just as important as the exterior. Firstly, there should be a lining! There have been many times, I’ve seen a wool coat without any lining, and that is a huge no-no. It indicates cheap, because they skimped on adding that extra layer of warmth. Seek for lining that is soft and gentle, like polyester or silk. Having the lining inside, also ensures that the coat drapes properly on the body and won’t snag on the wool fabric. This also helps you from overheating from the wool.

 

The Fit of the Coat

The tailoring of the coat is important. Which kind of wool coat you select, will largely depend on how it suits your body type. When you are trying a coat, check to see how it falls on your body. Are you able to button up the coat? Does it flatter your frame? Is it easy to sit down in when you are in the car? Do you want it to be a size up to fit layers? Or do you want it to fit snugly? Lastly, does it match your style? I personally love longer coats, with a princess-cut, where the waist is slightly sinched but goes down in a flare style. This leaves room for my hips.



The Color of the Coat

The color of the coat will largely depend on your skin tone. Firstly, you want to pick a shade that suits you. Secondly, you want to pick a neutral color so that you can wear it with multiple outfits. My two favorite colors to have in a wool coat, are a neutral camel and a light heather grey. One warm toned coat, and one cool toned coat. Make sure you pick the right camel color for you, as it can make a huge difference on how it looks on you. For the cool toned coat, I picked a light grey over black, because black washes me out. If you have more funds, you can experiment with other colors, but make sure you have the basics first.

 

The Cost of the Coat

Now if all the above checks out, it’s okay to spend a little bit more on a wool coat. You must have that minimum 70% wool content, and it should line up with what you are looking for. They can be pricey, but wool coats stand the test of time. And a high-quality one, should last you a lifetime. Make sure you assess the coat’s construction and brand reputation before you spend a sizeable amount on a wool coat. A really good wool coat on average ranges between $300-$500. A tip to buying a great wool coat on a budget, is to buy it second hand. I’ve bought multiple $500 wool coats, for a fraction of the price on Facebook. You’ve got to do your homework!

 

In conclusion, buying a wool coat requires careful consideration of the various factors mentioned above. By prioritizing quality, fit, and functionality, you can ensure that you are getting a great winter essential! One that keeps you warm and exudes timeless style for years to come. ||


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