5 Must-Have Coats and Jackets for Women
Coats and Jackets are a wardrobe necessity – they not only keep us warm and protect us from rain, sleet, snow etc.; they also add unexpected style to your look. We want to help you build the perfect coat wardrobe (yes, you heard right a coat wardrobe) so not only will you be ready for whatever the day has in store for you weather wise, you’ll also be guaranteed to look sensational. Here are the 5 essential coats and jackets that any fashionista should always have in her closet.
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Leather/Faux Leather | Raincoat | Peacoat | Parka | Jean Jacket
Nothing adds edge to your outfit like a leather (or faux leather) jacket. Although it will not be your everyday, go-to jacket, it is an iconic piece to add to any outfit. Both leather and faux leather come in a variety of styles, colors and prices. You can go for an edgy moto jacket or classic leather blazer and just about everything in between. Colors range from timeless black and brown to red, purple and more so you can definitely have some fun with this look.
Leather outerwear has been around since the early 1900’s, when during the First World War, they were used as part of the uniform for fighter pilots and other military members. They were meant to protect from the tough climate conditions they could potentially face. Since then the leather jacket has become a timeless look that never seems to go out of style.
A fun way to wear a leather jacket is to pair it with the unexpected. Think of a flowy, floral maxi dress topped with a black leather bomber jacket or go all out rocker chick and pair your favorite leather with black leggings and knee-high boots. However you wear it Leather and Faux Leather jackets are style with attitude!
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Raincoats come in a wide variety of styles and colors. Think fun, bright yellow slickers perfect for puddle jumping to classic trench coats that have timeless appeal. Did you know the raincoat was invented by Charles Macintosh, a Scottish chemist? He received patents for waterproof fabric in the early 1820’s and the raincoat was born.
When selecting a raincoat, always look for one designed from waterproof or water-repellant fabric so you stay protected. Think about when you will wear this type of coat too. Do you need a lightweight style or one that’s a bit more versatile? Some styles have a heavier liner that can be worn on chillier days, but removed when it gets warmer making it a choice that can span the seasons.
Are you going for a more casual look? If so there are plenty of colorful raincoats out there in shorter lengths that can add a pop of excitement to any outfit. Or maybe you are thinking more of an investment piece with a classic style? You may want to go with a trench style if that’s the case.
Whichever way you go, there are as many styles of raincoats out there as there are people to wear them. You might even consider purchasing two – a trench style for work and dressier occasions and a fun colorful one for weekend wear.
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Peacoats are always a classic choice; they are stylish, warm and timeless. What’s not to love? Peacoats were originally designed for sailors over 200 years ago. Since they are usually crafted from wool or a wool blend, they provide warmth without a bulky fit.
Never trendy, but always in style, the peacoat’s signature look is usually double breasted, but there can be single breasted versions also, accented with decorative buttons. With a nod to their nautical beginnings, you will often find anchors on the buttons.
Peacoats tend to be fitted creating a sleek silhouette and can also be belted or not. Some offer a more modern look with a flared or pleated silhouette from the waist down that adds a feminine flair.
Get a timeless, yet updated look by pairing a grey peacoat with grey skinny jeans for both a chic and easy-to-wear look. Peacoats also pair beautifully with a wool skirt and blouse (think preppy chic). Offering so much versatility, the peacoat is sure to become your go-to outerwear for casual or not-so-casual outings.
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Warm, comfortable, stylish, and robust! What more could you need in a coat when battling the cold weather? The history of the parka goes back to the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada, and Alaska.
People used to wear parkas to protect themselves from the harsh weather. Mostly women were wearing them, in fact, they even were designed with a baby pouch and a fur-lined hood – enough to keep both the mother and the baby warm through the winter.
If you are in the market for a parka, you will find that they have evolved into a stylish and warm choice of outerwear. Styles can be similar with a timeless, outdoorsy look, in fact sometimes where they vary the most is on the inside. There are four main types of insulation found in parkas, they vary in warmth and bulk.
Wool and Fleece – these two materials are similar in function. They do a great job of holding in body heat and have the added bonus of keeping you warm when wet too. Parkas constructed with wool or fleece tend to be a bit bulkier than the more modern fillers out there.
Thinsulate™ and Down - Down is the gold standard for insulation because it is very light, yet still able to trap heat better than any insulation. Thinsulate™ parkas are not as warm as down, but they will still keep you toasty and just like down parkas, they are lightweight. These types of parkas are sensational for any outdoor activity because they can keep you warm without bulking you up and slowing you down.
Parkas, like peacoats, offer a classic and timeless style. They look great paired with big sweaters and jeans or go a bit more modern with skinny jeans and a pair of brown loafers and you’ve got a stylish street look. If you are thinking of pure function, there is no warmer coat for outdoor winter activities than a parka.
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For casual style nothing beats a jean jacket; it can be worn with literally anything as it lends a laid-back vibe to every outfit it is paired with. Did you know the first denim jacket was designed in 1880 by Levi Strauss? And that Marilyn Monroe was known for her off-duty looks featuring all types of denim jackets?
Jean jackets are an ideal choice when there is a slight chill in the air. They can help keep you warm (and stylish), without being too hot or too constricting. They are the ideal layer for spring and fall weather. The best thing about jean jackets is that anything goes! They look just as good paired with your favorite little black dress as they do with shorts, tees and other casual looks. Denim jackets are the perfect throw-on-and-go style.
Jean jackets range in style and color too, just like everything denim. From the classic true blue to vibrant colors like yellow, lavender and more, you’re sure to find one that fits your style and your personality.
One hot trend we are seeing with denim and jean jackets is fun embellishments, like pearls, embroidery, patches and more. This can add an understated elegance to this casual favorite.
Dressed up or dressed down, a jean jacket is sure to become a wardrobe staple for you.
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So there you have it ladies – five must-have jackets and coats for your wardrobe. They offer you warmth in every season and, of course, plenty of style too!