Unless you’ve already entered hibernation mode, you’ve probably noticed that temperatures have seriously slumped this week. It’s a shock, huh? Well, we will not complain, we will have the chance to have a beautiful late season with beautiful colours.
How to choose your coat for the winter?
What to look for: the composition on the label
At the risk of repeating myself and nothing to teach you again, always check the composition on the label when you buy a coat. The mistake that we usually make almost all is to choose a coat based on its style and then its price. Or the opposite, but most of the time it’s the price that will guide our purchase.
While we should always look at the composition on the label first and yes, the label should always be checked always. Remember that we expect especially a coat that keeps us warm (yes, the style that counts too) and that without checking the composition, it is difficult to judge. A coat of good composition, that is to say a coat made of a good percentage of wool – at least 70% wool is the minimum in my opinion – is often more expensive than the average (count at least 250 euros for a coat of good composition with a nice cut). But that’s not always true. Know a lot of big brands that sell coats at a high price, sometimes close to 500 euros while their composition leaves something to be desired.
A warm coat is what
Coats not too close to the body nor on the contrary, too big, otherwise will you be cold. The ideal is to have a little margin to wear it with a big thick sweater underneath or a “feather” down jacket. If I try a coat in which I feel tight at the shoulders or under the arms, I do not buy it. To be hot, you have to be able to move at your ease.
- A coat made of 70% wool at least (80% is even better but price side we often go from single to double). The remaining 30% are normally synthetic materials that make up the lining. 70% wool is really the minimum. Wool is the most suitable fibre for winter coats because it is natural, insulating and breathable. It will protect you from the cold without making you sweat thanks to its thermoregulatory power.
- A coat with cashmere is even better, but you have to have the means (and we do not find many on the market).
- Avoid 100% polyester linings. Polyester makes you sweat so imagine what it can do in winter if your lining is 100% composed. In addition the polyester pollutes, as much to avoid it to the max.
- Note: some synthetic wool mixtures may be hot but it depends on the thickness, the cut and other points to consider. To see case by case depending on your fitting but in doubt, always rely on the percentage of wool in the composition.
Traps to avoid
And just to add a little more difficulty to find the coat, there are some pitfalls in which one can very easily fall. This is the case of boiled wool coat for example. The boiled wool is wool that is boiled to relax the fibre and then weave it very tightly, so you get wool a little felted. It is normally supposed to keep warm, we already used this technique in the middle ages to make coats. But it really depends on the thickness of the coat, if there is a good lining or not. Personally we have never found a warm woollen coat in store. Top website sells some boiled wool coats that seemed very light when I saw them and touched them in store! To see case by case but 100% boiled wool absolutely does not mean “warm coat”.