Get Your Winter Coat

Chelsey gives you tips on finding the right winter coat for you…

A classic winter overcoat that keeps you warm while making a fashion statement should be a staple in every wardrobe; and while it might not yet be time to farewell your jandals and sundresses, soon there will be a distinct chill in the air. But that just gives you the perfect excuse to shop for the perfect coat! As it is likely to be the biggest investment you will make for the colder months, it is important to get your selection right.

Keep it Classic

Though current coat trends include everything from animal prints to puffa jackets, you want to avoid choosing a coat that’s too de jour so that it doesn’t date too fast – especially if this is an investment that you want to be suitable for more than one winter. A safe bet and one of the most popular styles is the belted trench coat. Immortalised by the most stylish women, the classic trench will never go out of fashion, so you can't go wrong adding one of these to your wardrobe.

Neutral is Best - Sometimes

Yes, New Zealand women wear too much black, and there will be a rainbow of colours available in the shops to tempt you; but if you want a versatile hue that will go with everything in your closet, neutral is best. The only exception to this rule is a vibrant red – it will lift any dull ensemble out of the doldrums and be a signature you should be proud to flaunt.

Super Shape

Another important thing to remember when searching for a coat is what style will flatter your shape. It's no good picking up a bubble coat if it accentuates all the wrong bits of your body, just as it'd be a mistake to buy a floor-length wool coat if you're a petite five foot. Belted coats are good for hourglass shapes, A-lines are good for pears, bomber jackets are great for beanpoles and larger women should avoid anything padded or quilted. Don't forget to check all the buttons do up without stretching the button holes, especially if you're big busted; that there is room underneath the coat for layers of clothing without making you look like the Michelin Man, and patterns are kept to a minimum.


There is no point in buying a suede coat if it is always raining where you live; or investing in something that isn’t warm enough or weather proof. Take all of this into consideration as well as how easy that fabric is to care for; if your coat becomes grubby it will look shabby before its time. You're probably going to wear it most days for the next few months, so it's vital to keep it looking good as new for those chilly winter months to come!

Whatever coat style you opt for, treat your coat as you would your other wardrobe must-haves.

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  • samala says
    Theres nothing like a good warm winter coat to keep you warm in the freezing winter. It seems to be getting so cold already, Iv already pulled my big coat of the wardrobe. Nice big fluffy hood and all lined with wool to keep Jack Frost out.
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          Winter coats are perfect for adding class to any outfit. Just before going out for dinner, or even for a nice walk, the coat is perfect for that corporate touch. My daughter made a mistake though, and purchased a black huffer coat from texas radio, with was nice, but a bit tight, and now when she wants to wear other items underneath such as scarves etc, it can get a bit tight. So just remember to choose a size that is comfortable. Thank you for this article!
          • samala says
            That's such a good point, I have done that myself. You really need to consider the fact that your probably going to be layered up under the coat so theres nothing worse than finding out you have to take clothes off to fit the coat. The coat must be compatible with your winter wardrobe or it will just look great in the wardrobe.
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                A classic winter coat is a real asset to the wardrobe. The right coat can be used for many years
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                • Laura_actually says
                  I would love a warm coat! Some tips: If you're petite, don't get swamped by a coat that's too bulky or long. And if you're a taller girl, choose a shorter style that accentuates your long legs and arms.
                • milliestar says
                  great advice - i've saved my pennies and am treating myself to a brand new coat this winter, but I want it to be an investment piece that i'll treasure forever. These words of wisdom will help to ensure that it is just that - thanks!
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                  • leelee1994 says
                    Maybe I'm dreaming, but surely there is a Winter Coat Fairy who can pick out the perfect fitting coat for a woman, in the perfect colour, and for the perfect price (free would be nice but for the perfect coat I would pay up to $100). Yeah, I know, my head is totally in the clouds but a girl can want can't she!!
                  • Marley says
                    I love jackets and have way too many but will probably by more this winter!
                  • Tanya says
                    My two must haves for winter, tall boots and a long wool Coat! brrrrr
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                    • Cinty says
                      I look too bulky in coats :( So I just stay in hoodies and caris :(
                    • Lauren says
                      I don't know what I'd do with my winter coat!
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