To continue with my series of men’s winter clothes on a budget, I have chosen to tackle the main, and often most complicated, component of a man’s winter wardrobe: the coat. Trying to pick out a coat with the right color, fabric, insulation, and even sizing, (while trying to find a coat on a budget), is a major task ahead of you. To help you in your quest to find the perfect coat, I offer the advice below.
Style. The style of the coat you want remains key. As opposed to summer clothing, men actually have a plethora of stylish options when it comes to the winter coat. A quick look at a few Internet sites will help every man find the style that is the best fit for them. If going for a classic professional, yet hip look, the peacoat is a timeless option. If looking for a very professional coat, the Coleman overcoat by Calvin Klein, accents any suit perfectly. If searching for the more relaxed, edgy style, a nice faux leather jacket with a knit hood is a must-have. In addition to looking online, take a trip this season to your local department store, and try on different styles of coats to find out which one fits you the best.
Fit. As a young professional or college student, the fit of your coat is important. The days of wearing an obscenely large and poofy coat are (or should be) long gone. A sleek, well-fitting coat will keep you warm, but it will also still show that you have style. Just because it is time to bundle up, doesn’t mean that fashion goes out the window for the sake of warmth. Even if you do settle on the most basic of coats, it is obligatory that it highlight your style and your shape.
Scarves. A trendy scarf is just as important as the coat itself. It will class up the coat, and a nice pattern, color, or texture will add some personality to an otherwise dark-colored outfit. Use a scarf to your advantage, and you will soon surely be one of the trendiest on campus. There is absolutely no need to pay more than $30 on a scarf. Head to either department store sales or to consignment shops to find some cheap, fashionable scarves.
Budget. This is the most important thing to remember when buying your coat this winter. Never, ever, pay full price for even the most luxurious of coats. Sales on winter coats can be found if you just put in the little extra effort looking. For example, J. Crew recently had a deal offering 25% off of purchases of $150 or more. Although this may not sound like a lot, it your winter coat is priced at $200, you will receive 25% off. Not too shabby! Many large department stores, such as Macy’s, Nordstrom, J.C. Penney, and even southern stores like Belk, have amazing deals on coats both before the holidays and after.