How To Choose The Perfect Winter Coat

Laurina Machite South African Fashion Blogger How To Choose The Perfect Winter Coat

How to choose the perfect winter coat | Just in case you have been living under a climate controlled rock lately, winter is here ladies and gentlemen and boy is it colder than ever! This winter (in Port Elizabeth and throughout South Africa) has given us some of the coldest days in winter history. Until this freezing-season some of hadn’t even realized that we have an “ice alert” feature in our cars, but we sadly now know that alert too well.

Unless you are a fan of runny noses, excruciating headaches, burning eyes or any other flu/cold symptoms then keeping as warm as possible should be your main goal this season. And what better way to that than slipping into your favourite winter coat before you head out the door to face the freezing cold.

I bought my first ever winter coat in the beginning of this winter. Something I honestly thought was a bit of a useless purchase until this horrible weather hit us. Picking a coat wasn’t as simple and easy as I had thought it would be though and I therefore decided to write this post up for anyone else who is looking to purchase a winter coat but doesn’t quite know where to start.


Quality Over Quantity

Having one extremely versatile coat over having five hard-to-wear, low quality coats is the way to go. I don’t usually read labels, and I’m guessing you don’t either, but when it comes to coats labels are important. Look out for the following:

  • percentages – some coats will say, for example, that they are wool coats when they are only made of 15% wool or something insignificant like that. 
  • stitching – stitching is another important thing you should look out for and inspect. Look out for clean lines, joins and detailing. Weak stitching will mean that your coat may not last as long as you think it will. Check that there are no loose threads and inspect, inspect, inspect! Absolutely everything.
  •  material – opt for natural fibers as they tend to last longer. Silk, cotton and wool last longer than synthetic fabrics such as acrylic. For a bit ticket item such as a winter coat, look for as close to 100% woolen coat as possible. Coats that are
  • made out of more wool will cost more money, but will definitely be more worth it.


The Fit

A good coat should sit on your frame as if it is part of you and your fabulous body. It should make you feel beautiful and most importantly comfortable.

  • space within – make sure you always buy a coat that is the right fit but also has enough space for you to be able to layer clothing underneath it.
  • know your body – if you are on the short side of the average height then a huge number of coats may be a bit overwhelming for your small frame. Knowing what length size works for you (for example calf-length, knee-length, hooded, collared, double-breasted, tie-waist, button-up etc.) will help make your coat-shopping-trip a bit easier to go through.
  • shoulders – the shoulders of the coat should fall right where your shoulders naturally fall and the arms of the coat should fall straight down.
  • wrists – coats with full arm lengths should cover the wrists but not fall below the thumb.
  • movement – if you cannot close your coat buttons correctly without having the coat look like it is being pulled or if you cannot move freely then you have not found the right fit. Walk around in the changing rooms a bit, sit down, lift your arms. Move around as much as possible in the coat to figure out if it as comfortable as you would like it to be.



There are a multitude of things you need to keep in mind when shopping/choosing the right winter coat, but instead of elaborating I will list them below.

  • lay of the trends – you ideally want to buy your winter coat and wear it for winters to come. Instead of buying a coat just because it is trending this year but won’t be appropriate any other year, choose a classic cut and versatile colour (one that matches with your already existent wardrobe) that will last you a million more winters to come.
  • versatile lengths – the most versatile and easy-to-wear lengths are mid-thigh and knee-height coats as they are easy to transform from casual to dressy depending on your style and personality.
  • pockets – pockets are always a great idea, especially when it comes to winter clothing. If you constantly suffer from cold hands then deep, warm pockets are not only a great looking, texturizing feature but are also practical in helping warm your fingers up!
  • price wise – price! The first thing that people consider when they are looking for a new winter coat. I decided to put this one last because I really feel like this should be the least of your worries when you are looking for a winter coat. It is undoubtedly the most important thing to consider when looking for a coat but like I said; quality over quantity. First consider all of the above before start worrying about the price and look at the coat as more of an inverstment more than anything.


 My Outfit

We all know by now that I am a major fan of black, classic leggings, and that is exactly what I decided to put on when I was putting this simple yet chic outfit together. Everything in this outfit is basically the same as the outfit I had in my previous post with the chic addition of the classic fitting and classic looking camel winter coat. If you would like to read my previous post and also learn how to wear all black without looking boring then click here.

Laurina Machite South African Fashion Blogger How To Choose The Perfect Winter Coat

Laurina Machite South African Fashion Blogger How To Choose The Perfect Winter Coat

Outfit Details

Coat: Woolworths

Shoes: Queue

Leggings: Cotton On

Top: (it’s actually a tucked in dress lol) MRP

Bag: River Island

Necklace: Lovisa

What are some of the things you think someone should consider when they are looking to buy a winter coat? Comment below!

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