With nippy November winds taking the chill-factor up for office goers and party-goers alike, men tuned into fashion trends for winter will appreciate the warmth, comfort and style quotient that a classic piece of cold weather apparel can insulate them with. That’s right, we are talking about investing in a timeless design for a winter coat that keeps you from getting knocked for a six when the wind-chill factors rise and bring you tips on how to buy the perfect winter coat for yourself.
That also means giving your ski parka a miss from being included into office wear; having a traditional coat (the style ending midway between knees and thighs) is not only good for giving a great professional impression about dressing well, but also shows you are aware of the importance of where and when to don a more formal, complete look. Besides, picking a winter coat in a classic cut, with a natural, thicker fibre material than the usual sweater or pullover will ensure you stay warm and look great too, so pick the best to look your best i.e. wool or cashmere. While cashmere is much warmer, it is also costly and high-maintenance and not as hardy as wool winter coats are in snowy weather; if you do not need that kind of insulation and can afford the heavier price tag of cashmere, then definitely cashmere is the best choice for a winter coat.
Coats lined with goose down sewn into lining are ideal for winter wear as this provides an extra layer of insulation, but even those with an acetate are good enough for granting a comfy fit over regular clothes. Get the right fit for a winter coat for yourself, check for the typical size of jackets that you wear: this means you will be able to verify the binding at your shoulders and neck layers. Do ensure that the seams at the shoulders fall just over the edge of your natural shoulder line, which is best seen when you’ve got on a sports jacket or even your formal suit. Another great way to check for comfort and fit is to sit down on a chair and raise your arms or bend down to tie shoelaces, much like a ‘garment test drive.’