It is that time of year again- time to think about buying a warm and comfy coat for the winter months. Before you head out to the mall or go online to shop, consider when you will be wearing the coat, as well as where you will be wearing it. If you live in a climate with extreme cold, then you will need a very warm coat. That also goes for those who will not be very active while wearing the coat. There are different types of winter coats made for different purposes. Bear your purposes in mind when you go shopping.
The warmest coats around are made of wool or down or a combination of the two. Most down coats contain a fill power of 500 or sometimes higher. As a rule of thumb, the higher the number for the down, the denser will the insulation be.
If you live in a climate that has plenty of rain or snow mixed with rain, then buying a coat with an exterior material that is water-resistant is a smart idea. Two good choices are nylon and polyester. Some of these types of coats can be thrown in the washing machine while others must be dry cleaned. Always check the washing instructions before you purchase a coat, especially if you buy a lighter color, which will show the dirt much more readily.
If you are sensitive to down filling, find it too heavy or just prefer another type of material, then look for a coat with a synthetic inner filling such as Thinsulate or PrimaLoft. Coats made with these fillings should not be too difficult to find.
The details of a winter coat are very important. You want to do everything you can to keep out the cold so look for detailing that does exactly that. A waist or bottom drawstring is a help, as is a flap that falls over the top of the zipper. If you find a coat that does not button or zipper up to your neck, then invest in a stylish and comfortable scarf to go with your winter outerwear. A hat and a pair of gloves are also necessities.