How to Choose the Perfect Winter Coat
Master cold-weather fashion with these expert tips for finding a warm and stylish jacket with all the right features
Yesterday, all 50 states hit 32 degrees or lower. That's right, Hawaii too. With the cold weather finally here, we're begrudgingly pulling our scarves, hats, and gloves out of storage and trolling the web for a new winter coat. That's why we tapped Andy The-Anh, Design Director at Montreal-based active wear brand Lolë, to give us tips for finding the perfect one.
Think: Removable Hood
"Outerwear should make you feel beautiful while staying warm, whether it is on the slopes, walking in the park, running errands in the city, or running on the trails," says The-Anh. Removable hoods are big this season, he explains. "They give you a customizable look, especially when adding layering pieces of a hat and a scarf," he says. (Feel and look your best on your cold-weather run too! Check out these 15 Cute & Cozy Pieces of Winter Workout Gear.)
Sweat the Small Stuff
Finding the coat you won't mind living in all winter is all about paying attention to the details. "Hand gaitors keep your wrists warm and your sleeves in place, while side vents keep you cool when you overheat," says The-Anh. He also advises looking for a two-way center front zipper for smooth and comfortable transitions between standing and sitting. A hidden inside cinch also creates an adjustable waist and adds a feminine touch keeping you from feeling like a marshmallow in a heavier coat. Other technical features to look for: moisture wicking, stretch, breathability, water repellency, and wind proofing. (Why those things matter? Don't miss 10 Fitness Fabrics-Explained!)
Last season's coat may be old news to you, but it could mean a lot to someone in need. After all, we know that staying warm is a must in the brutal days of winter. Organizations like One Warm Coat hold coat drives across the U.S. to repurpose gently worn jackets, and through December 1, Lolë is event offering $50 off a new coat if you donate one back to them. So whatever your winter style, don't let a good coat go to waste!