It doesn’t matter what time of year you’re reading this, the simple two words to say that matters most in the chilly season – “winter coat.” Winter coats may well require considerable financial outlay in comparison to the rest of the contents of your wardrobe, so it’s worth planning your purchase with the same thought you’d put into, say, a new sofa, or even a new car.
Plan ahead – you know you’re going to need a coat when the weather turns cold, so decide how much you’re willing to spend, and start to save for it. It’s worth spending fairly heavily on a good, classic wool coat, as it will last you for years if you care for it properly, and will never go out of style.
Don’t be tempted by that cheap fashion coat – that leopard print may be stylish and on trend this year, but will you be embarrassed by it next winter? And the winter after that? Save the disposable fashion purchases for your indoor wear.
Haunt message boards for sale notifications – there are many shopping forums and cash back sites that may give you advance warning of flash sales and discount days. Plan styles and colors rather than specifics, to widen your chances of picking up a real bargain.
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Secondhand or Thrift?
Don’t rule out looking for good secondhand items – people will offload almost brand-new coats for any number of reasons; weight loss, weight gain, a good deal on a new coat. Employ the sniff-test (although that should go without saying), check the lining and seams, get it cleaned, and you’re good to go.
Look for something new – If you’re a vintage addict, it’s worth not just looking around secondhand stores or going online, but also asking family members what they might have had hiding at the back of the wardrobe for the past twenty years.
Care for your coat
Clean your coat at the end of every season and store in a garment bag to protect against dust and pests.
Check for necessary repairs, such as loose buttons, before storage, and attend to these before you wear again.
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