The perfect winter jacket: a must-have wardrobe staple
Buying the right style of winter jacket to include in your cold-weather wardrobe is an important decision and can often also be quite a significant investment. But with so many different types of winter jackets out there, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the right style for you. Read our handy guide for some top tips on the key things you need to think about to help you make the right choice. Keep the cold at bay and stay warm, dry and comfortable all winter long with your perfect winter jacket.
How to choose the right winter jacket
Finding the right type of winter jacket will depend on you, your lifestyle and your priorities. If you are on a limited budget, you may want to buy a stylish investment piece that is a real multi-tasker and will go with anything, smart or casual. Perhaps you already have a winter jacket or two but are looking for a new addition to add variety to your collection. Or maybe you are a keen fan of winter sports and need a new winter jacket with superior technical performance that can keep up with your active lifestyle. Whatever type of winter jacket you need, we’re here to help.
Winter jackets: hard-working wardrobe essentials
A winter jacket is an investment and a well-made garment in a quality fabric will serve you well for many years to come. With so many options around, here are our top tips for looking good and keeping warm with a jacket that chimes with your personal style.
The pea coat is a hard-working wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Wear it over a dress or skirt suit for a polished professional look, or team it with casual trousers for a relaxed weekend away. With its heavy fabric, shorter length and wide lapels, this double-breasted winter jacket looks fabulous over trousers, skirts or dresses and is a go-to essential all winter long.
Opt for pea coats with a tailored, feminine silhouette to avoid looking swamped by your winter jacket. If you are going to be wearing it somewhere really cold, it‘s worth considering buying one size larger than your normal size to allow some extra room for additional layers.
For a more casual outfit that looks great around town and on a stroll in the countryside, the parka is a stylish and versatile classic. It’s ideal if you want a little extra coverage from your winter jacket because of its longer length and it will keep you cosy and dry all winter long. The iconic faux fur trim around the hood is a nice touch and the roomy cut means you can add as many layers as you need to keep out the winter chills.
Parkas are also available in a wide range of options: city slickers can choose from more fashion-forward styles while serious outdoor enthusiasts have a range of higher-spec parkas that look good and have extra weather-proofing too.
The puffer jacket is an on-trend winter favourite and are one of the warmest winter jackets when things get really cold. They are filled with a special extra layer of insulating material to help regulate your body temperature and keep you toasty when the temperature drops. One of the best things about the puffer is the range of choice you get. It comes in a range of fabulous colours, styles and choices of different insulating fillings, so it’s easy to find the perfect one for you.
A tip for wearing a puffer winter jacket is avoid baggy trousers, as these tend to add bulk. Instead go for narrower-fitting bottoms to create a more balanced silhouette.
The show-stopping winter jacket
If you already have a few other options in your wardrobe, it may be time to branch out and get a real show-stopping winter jacket to brighten things up a dull December day. If so, a winter jacket in a striking cut, an eye-catching pattern or in your very own stunning signature colour will turn heads and make a powerful statement about your individual style.
Express your personality and stand out from the crowd with your own take on the current winter jacket fashions, or opt for a timeless classic with a twist. Quality pieces in vegan leather, animal prints, checks and brightly-coloured faux fur are all big trends right now and classic woollen jackets never go out of style. With so many different silhouettes, fabric and styles to choose from, you are sure to find your favourite that will make you look and feel fabulous all winter long.
Technical fabrics for active winter lifestyles
If you have an active lifestyle and love the cold and the snow, bracing hikes and winter sports, it’s important to invest in the correct type of winter jacket made from specialist materials for maximum comfort.
Look for lightweight, high-performance fabrics that will give you the range of movement you need. If you are out in all weathers, it’s important that your jacket keeps out the rain and wind, but also wicks away any moisture from your skin to avoid unpleasant clamminess.
Our top tip for investing in a high-performance, technical winter jacket is to check the location and size of the pockets to make sure you can easily store and reach your day-out essentials. It is also advisable to check that the material used around the zips on your winter jacket is also waterproof, because not all of them are.
Whether you are a stylish city slicker or an active winter sports enthusiast, the perfect winter jacket is an essential staple in your cold-weather wardrobe. Use our handy guide to help you choose the right winter jacket for you. And for more inspiration for your Christmas look, click here.