A Winter Coat: How to Invest Smart

Charli sit in an autumnal park wearing leather trousers and bright blue coat.

A good winter coat is a true investment piece. You don’t need to be flash with the cash to buy one, you just need to be smart to your budget and get the coat that will keep you warm winter after winter.

If there is one item that you need in your wardrobe this autumn/winter, it is a good coat. It will keep you warm when temperatures drop. It is big enough to layer over jumpers and blazers. It is fitted enough to look chic. It is quality enough to last season after season.

For me, a winter coat is always worth the investment. I always buy the very best coat that I can for my money – no matter how tight that may be. This is because a winter coat should last the distance. For me, it is not a fast fashion, trend-led piece. It is something to treasure and cherish. After all, if you treat your clothes well, they’ll be with you for a while.

So, when shopping for a new winter coat, I’ve created some simple to follow rules that help me get the most out of my money.

How to Invest Smart

Choose a classic colour. A colour that will go with every other item in your wardrobe. Sticking to neutral tones (and yes, leopard is a neutral) will help with this as camel, beige, leopard, black and grey go with everything. However, if you already have a fairly monochromatic wardrobe then a bright pop of colour can really compliment.

Charli wears a bright blue coat with a white shirt and black skinny jeans.

Stick to Classic Shapes. A wrap coat, pea coat, or double breasted coat is unlikely to go out of style or look dated. They also look just as good thrown over ripped jeans and an oversized jumper as they do over a black tie dress.

Choose the highest wool percentage possible. Sticking to natural fibres means that your coat will be warmer. Wool is self cleaning, well insulated, and last longer than most polyester blends. Therefore, the higher percentage of wool found in your coat the warmer it will be and the longer it will last. Contrary to popular belief, more wool content doesn’t always mean more money so compare composition labels before choosing which coat to invest in.

Shop in the spring/summer. I often buy a winter coat in the spring sale. This means I get better quality for my money. I then simply keep it in storage until the weather gets colder again. I tend to look at higher end hughstreet sales for this – Jaegar is my favourite.

Shop second-hand. Ebay is fantastic for shopping for second-hand coats. Save your search and receive updates when new items are added and you should be able to pick up a beautiful winter coat for a fraction of the price. Again, I look for higher end items from shops like Jaegar, Cos, and Hobbs. They’ll be timeless pieces and will definitely last!

You can read more tips for buying secondhand items (and where to find them) in my recent Second-Hand Buying Guide.

My Winter Coat Edit

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Camel Single Breasted Coat
Camel Coat
ASOS Curve Coat
Tailored Midi Coat
Double Breasted Pea Coat
Double Breasted Coat, Leopard
Longline Overcoat
Double Breasted Pea Coat

So, will you be investing in a winter coat soon? Or do you already have your wardrobe treasure?

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7 Comments

  1. November 8, 2019 / 4:13 pm

    Sales is the best time to buy coats! I picked myself one from £70 to £35 and its the warmest I have ever owned. your so hot in summer that you dont think about buying coats, but at that price it is an investment for the future.

  2. November 8, 2019 / 6:54 pm

    I have always struggled with finding the perfect winter coats. I like the camel coat with side paneling, truly appreciate a twist on a classic, double-breasted piece. I love the cream colour of the Asos coat, I wish it was slighlty more fitted, though. And if I could merge these two coats, I would be the happiest 🙂

  3. November 9, 2019 / 12:13 pm

    Some really great things to think about . I’m definitely in need of a new winter coat – the warmest one I can find , it’s freezing here in Stoke!

  4. November 10, 2019 / 9:42 am

    A nice winter coat is what’s missing from my wardrobe this. Being a mum of two I’ve gone for the sportier ones, but there are such nice coats on here.

  5. November 10, 2019 / 2:49 pm

    I am in need of a winter coat so this is very helpful! I’m going to be taking a look round the charity shops this week.

  6. November 10, 2019 / 3:12 pm

    I am in love with your blue coat, it is such a gorgeous and vibrant colour! It is definitely important to be smart in your choices when you are buying a winter coat.

  7. November 13, 2019 / 6:47 am

    I have seen the nicest winter coat ever and am trying to warrant buying it for myself as I already own a couple