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Winter Is Coming: Finding the right outerwear

Fiona Keary

‘Winter is coming!’ So it’s time for a winter coat.

After a couple of mornings in the minuses, the question that’s probably top of mind (especially if this is your first winter in Canberra), is ‘what type of warm outerwear should I invest in?’

With so many options out there from your super dooper thermal “I’m Bear Grylls” survival jacket to the more refined peacoat, it can be tricky to prioritise.

So here’s what you may want to consider.

What do you need a coat for?

Let’s be honest it needs to look awesome, but not at the expense of suffering hypothermia. Function is important. If you are going to be bearing the brunt of those cold frosty mornings or evenings (and be exposed to the elements for more than 15 minutes) it’s probably worth investing in some down and donning a puffer jacket.

If you are transitioning from your cosy warm abode, to your car and then a quick stroll to your office, then a trench or wool/wool blend number will do the job nicely.

The dress code?

Are you outdoors and need your outerwear to be practical and hardwearing? Is your day to day dress code more relaxed and therefore a cape, poncho or heavyweight knit will suffice?

Will you be wearing your coat/jacket in front of clients and colleagues and require something more formal?

What’s your style?

How would you define your style? Are you classic, elegant, feminine or edgy, creative or sultry? Look for the common themes already present in your wardrobe to help point you in the right direction. It’s also really useful to look at those pieces that you never wear, taking note and avoiding similar styles in the future.

Answering the questions above will help determine the best style of winter coat for you.

So let’s take a look at some of the options available this AW16.

The Leather Jacket

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Diana Ferrari Becca Leather Jacket in Black, $449.95

The ‘I’m so cool I don’t feel the cold’ (or I’m secretly wearing thermal underwear).

Best for the transition from autumn to winter and the beginning of spring. The leather jacket is a classic, timeless piece that instantly lifts your street cred. Perfect for weekend espionage and nights out.

The Puffer Jacket or Vest

Kathmandu Duck Down Longline Jacket in Denim $599.98

Kathmandu Duck Down Longline Jacket in Denim $599.98

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Witchery Longline Puffer in Stone $199.95

For the serious cold lover or sideline sports watcher. Mobility can be limited in this type of jacket so best for those that like to stand still and feel like they are in a vertical sleeping bag.

If you’re going to commit I say go for the hood. From experience it’s much harder to chase after small children when wearing a puffer, and if they are wearing one as well they’re much harder to catch.

The Longline Cardigan

Trenery Longline Cardigan in Slate Blue $199.00

Trenery Longline Cardigan in Slate Blue $199.00

Like a big warm hug from your bestie, the longline cardigan is weekend lounge wear at it’s best. Team with jeans and boots for super warmth or add a dress for weekday style.

The Trench

DL Astor Trench Coat in Cobalt $349.00

David Lawrence Astor Trench Coat in Cobalt $349.00

The ‘I don’t really venture out in the cold. I travel from my luxuriously heated home, by car to the office’ coat. Again a timeless piece that is perfect for work and nights out.

The Wool Coat

CR Soft Longline Coat in Terracotta Red $399.00

Country Road Soft Longline Coast in Terracotta Red $399 and Review Delphi Coat in Plum $329.99

Probably the most versatile piece of outerwear that you can own as it can be used from casual, smart casual to formal depending on the style and cut.

It’s worth investing in a good quality coat in Canberra as it’s going to get a work out, especially if you choose a classic style.

Fiona Keary

Image Consultant Fiona Keary loves fashion. In fact she lives it. But most of all she loves helping others to find their way through the maze of do’s and don’ts to achieve a look that suits their personality and lifestyle. After training with Toshiko Kobatake and working as an Image Consultant in London for a number of years, Fiona has returned to Canberra to help her clients look and feel great whilst still remaining true to themselves. More about the Author

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