2015-2016 Outerwear Styles That Will Actually Keep You Warm!
For many people, finding the perfect fall or winter jackets that will actually keep you warm can be a difficult task. We may find ourselves becoming distracted by the latest trends and unique details. While these are all nice to have, it’s important not to ignore the fundamentals for finding the right winter jacket for your lifestyle and your location.
Essential Tips for Buying Your Next Winter Coat
By sticking to these essential tips, you’ll be sure to narrow down the warmest fall and winter jackets for women and men. While looking for winter or fall 2015-2106 jackets for the entire family, consider the following.
Know Your Needs
Taking a personal inventory of your own lifestyle will help prepare you to purchase the perfect coat. Do you have a busy lifestyle with kids, family and work that leaves you with little time to plan your wardrobe? Do you require a dressier look for professional and formal settings? Do you perform outdoor activities and require a more athletic outerwear piece? Assessing what your lifestyle really is the majority of the time will help steer you in the right direction. Simply narrowing your needs down to a casual style versus a dressier style will help steer your coat hunt in the right direction.
Keep It Neutral
The style of coat you choose should be something that can be worn with most outfits. When choosing your one go-to fall or winter jacket, be sure to select a neutral color and print. Keeping with plain black, brown and earth tones, as well as winter whites, will ensure you can get the most wear out of your investment. After you’ve secured the perfect neutral-toned coat for everyday wear, you may decide to liven things up with a pop of color. Incorporating reds, purples, blues and deep greens is a fun way to brighten up the winter blues.
Find Your Fit
Just like any other wardrobe piece, fit is very important to ensuring comfort, longevity and style. A petite frame requires a shorter cut jacket that avoids a lot of pleats or large collars and embellished details. A taller body or longer legs can stand to wear a longer trench or car-coat style and still maintain proportions. If you’re concerned about losing your shape under a large winter coat, choose one that has a tie or belt or is tailored in slightly at the waist.
Make sure to find sleeves that are long enough to cover your wrists. On the other hand, be sure not to purchase a coat with sleeves that are too long. If sleeves are a bit too long, check to see if it’s something that can be taken in by a professional seamstress.
There are convertible outerwear pieces that are great for rainy climates. Removable lining as well as mesh material on the inside of the jacket is practical for regulating your body’s temperature. This prevents you from overheating or getting chilly after you’ve been sweating.
Coats also come with a variety of details like fur trim, elastic wrist bands, pockets, hoods, zip-offs, waist ties and more. They each serve a function, and while you don’t want a coat that’s too tricked out, you may enjoy the convenience of some of these particulars.
Fur trim was traditionally used on coats worn in northern climates. Fur pieces were strategically placed around the neck and hood lines to insulate and repel snow and frost and protect your face and neck, which become exposed to the cold. While today they’ve become more of a fashion statement, they still serve their original purpose.
Hoods and coats with elastic wrists are also meant to trap in heat by not letting it escape out these two exits. Any outerwear piece designed with front pockets is definitely one worth considering. When your hands get chilly you’ll be looking for somewhere warm to keep them while venturing out in the blistering cold.
Buy for Quality
The exterior fabric of a coat may come in a variety of materials. From wool blends to polyester and nylon to Gore-Tex, each material serves a different purpose in regards to the weather it is best suited for. No matter which material the coat is made from, you’ll want to check for the quality and durability of the coat.
Look for signs of a well-constructed coat, particularly at the seams and the lining. If you see any loose threads hanging from any seams or hemlines, this is usually an indicator of poor quality and that the seams or hems may split and unravel fairly shortly.
If you’re buying a coat with an insulation layer between the interior lining and the exterior fabric, be sure to check what this material is made from and that it hasn’t been compromised by the stitching. You want to ensure that the wind doesn’t blow through. Materials like wool, down or synthetic thermal are usually a sure bet.
When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, a classic style of jacket or coat like the pea coat or trench style provide great versatility. Because you’ll be wearing this outerwear piece day after day throughout a good portion of the year, it’s important to invest in something that’s flexible and can be worn with a variety of outfits and during different occasions.
Get the Right Size
When trying on coats to find the perfect fit, remember to try on a variety of sizes. Different manufacturers will differ in their sizes. It’s best to try on your regular size plus one size down and one size up. Be sure to wear your usual outfit when trying on coats. Typically one wears thicker clothing in the winter along with several layers. Wearing a t-shirt underneath your jacket won’t give you a realistic idea of fit.
A great way to tell if you’ve got the right fit is to look at the seams of the shoulders. If they line up with or extend slightly past the edge of your shoulder, then the coat is the right fit. If the seams don’t quite meet the edge of your shoulder, then the coat’s too small. Remember: It’s easier to take in a garment than it is to let it out. Also check the buttons or zipper to ensure there isn’t any puckering, pulling or gaping.
Buy for Warmth Over Style
No matter which region you live in, you will experience colder days than what you’re used to in your region. Regardless if you’re anticipating an upcoming nor’easter, the torrential downpours of the Pacific Northwest or the frigid nights of the Mountain States, you need to be kept warm.
Despite certain cuts and styles of coats being better suited for certain body shapes, generally speaking, if a coat is long and covers your bum, the warmer you will be.
Must Have Jackets for Fall and Winter 2015-2016
Though quality fall and winter jackets may usually require a larger investment, ideally they should last several seasons and be one of the classic styles. It’s better to buy fewer well-made and versatile pieces every few years than to continue to re-purchase lower quality items every season.
Each fall, we do see slight variations on the timeless jacket styles with different collars, unique embellishments and trendy hemlines. These popular styles include the warmest fall and winter jackets for men and women. Here are some of the must have jackets for fall and winter 2015-2016.
Long, softer fabric trenches are great pieces for fall, and depending on the color, these can even transition nicely into spring as well. A fall trench is a sophisticated style that’s long and offers waist definition with a tie or a belt. Often times, the classic trench coat will have pleated or slit details in the back to further give it an elegant look. Trenches may also have epaulette details for a more military-inspired look.
The classic trench style can be replicated in any number of fabrics ranging from wool and cotton blends to microfibers and vinyl materials.
Shearling has been a popular style of coat for decades. The term shearling refers to the actual fabric of the coat itself and the manner by which it was processed. Shearling comes from processing lambskin, which creates a thick wool fabric. The end result is a very soft, natural fabric that feels a lot like fleece.
Shearling coats are generally considered to be luxury garments, though they aren’t necessarily always the dressiest style. From bomber to car-coat style, shearling coats come in different cuts that are suitable for many body types.
The bomber is a style of jacket that resembles jackets worn by Air Force pilots. It is a short style of jacket, typically with a buttoned or zippered front and a puffed insulated lining. There is also often an elastic band that holds the jacket at the waist or hips. The bomber style jacket sometimes offers unique details such as fur-trimmed collars.
Bombers come in a variety of fabrics from leather to cotton, wool or synthetics. You can also find them in a variety of colors, prints or patterns or even with embroidered details.
The pea coat is a timeless style that dates back as far as the early 1700s. The pea coat has since become a wardrobe staple for many. Another military-inspired style, the pea coat was originally worn by Navy sailors. Recognized for its classic double-breasted style with large buttons, the pea coat is a versatile jacket that can be worn either casually or even for dressier occasions.
While traditionally the pea coat was made from a coarse wool blend, today pea coats are available in a variety of fabrics and come available in a wide range of colors and patterns.
Another traditional style outerwear piece, the car coat originated from the style worn by drivers. While it was originally popular among men, the car coat has now become a common jacket style for women as well. The car coat is a winter jacket that is a square cut and is typically slightly longer, often to mid-thigh length. The car coat has typically been available in wool, leather and fur, but can now be found in many materials.
Like the pea coat, the car coat can also be a versatile style jacket. Depending on the fabric, the car coat can be worn day-to-day in casual wear or can be worn as a dressier style.
The epitome of winter warmth, the parka is a larger style coat that comes with a hood and is often trimmed with fur. It can be made from fabrics like wool or microfibers but is also available in full waterproof material as well. Parkas may have a variety of details, but they usually have toggles or drawstrings for fastening. Parka jackets also typically have elastic cuffs at the wrist or waist.
Parkas are considered the warmest style jackets because they usually have a layer of insulation and are well-constructed to prevent wind from blowing through. Down is a common insulation material used in the parka style winter coat.
Warmest Fall and Winter Coats for Every Location
If you’re struggling with selecting the correct coat for you, then it’s best to think about the weather you’ll be faced with in your area. The most suitable coat for you will largely depend on what the fall and winter weather will look like, which will, of course, vary by location.
The Farmer’s Almanac is an annual publication that contains long-range weather forecasts and has been published for over 200 years. Its prediction results have an 80 percent accuracy. The publication is predicting that this upcoming winter is going to bring with it colder temperatures for almost all regions of North America.
If you’re a Northeasterner, then down-filled parkas or even insulated bomber style jackets are your best bet for keeping you warm. To protect your face from the ice cold wind, opt for a coat with a hood or fur trim. This upcoming winter season will see bouts of harsh and bitter temperatures.
Midwest residents will also face a cold and frigid winter, so parkas or long and well-insulated coats will help to keep you warm and cozy even in the harsh cold. You may want to opt for cozy details like fur hoods or fleece-lined pockets.
The Southeast will have a colder and wetter winter than normal, meaning coats with hoods and weatherproof fabrics will be a wise investment. For many residents of this region, the cold will come as a shock, so thermal layers and lining may be necessary as well.
The North Central
The North Central states are set to experience a typical winter that’s cold and snowy. Parkas and long, well-constructed and insulated coats will be important pieces for braving the winter months. As for the South Central states, you will have some wet and chilly weather coming your way with the potential for storms. Be sure to weatherproof your outerwear and take advantage of jacket style that have hoods.
The Southwest (and Southern California)
The Southwest states plus southern California will experience massive rainfall this upcoming winter. Waterproof outerwear with thermal linings will be suitable for the west coast. Of course, residents of the Pacific Northwest are used to the rain, so waterproof rain jackets with thermal lining should be reserved again for the upcoming winter.
Choose VF Outlet for Your Affordable Winter Jacket Needs
Ultimately, you don’t want to get caught in bad weather unprepared. When you purchase the perfect fall and winter coat for your taste and your location, you’ll have a happier, more bearable winter season despite how nasty the weather may be.
Start your quest for the ideal winter coat by visiting the VF Outlet outerwear shop to find the perfect winter 2015-2016 jackets for the entire family, including styles for ladies, men, junior girls and boys.