By Kate BrownfieldUpdated | The winter coat has become the most popular item on our travel list for many of us this winter.
But if you’re travelling in winter, it can be tricky to find a winter jacket that fits properly.
Here are our tips for choosing the right one.
Key points:You should consider the cost of your coat if you want to travel in winterWhile most of us have our winter coats on us, it’s not always clear whether the quality and fit are what we’d expect from a high-end brand like Brooks Brothers or Alden.
Here’s our advice for finding the right winter coat.
First things first: make sure your coat fits snugly.
This is crucial because it can determine whether or not you’ll need to change into a coat.
A warmer coat will be better suited for colder weather and, as the weather warms, the warmth in your coat will fade away.
A coat should have a long, well-shaped cuff.
This means the collar is at the centre of your chest and does not pull away from your body, creating a more comfortable fit.
The shoulder seam should be in the same direction as the jacket’s collar, with the hem coming out towards your shoulder.
This will allow the coat to be adjusted for size if needed, as it is the same width as the shoulder seam.
It’s also a good idea to consider the size of the shoulder strap, as this is the most important factor to consider when picking a winter garment.
The bigger the strap, the less room for movement when wearing the coat.
The size of your armhole should be at least 1cm higher than your body height.
This will ensure the sleeves are close to your shoulders.
If you have a small or average sized body, it might be easier to just wear a standard size coat.
However, if you have larger arms, you’ll likely find that you have to add an extra length of the jacket to fit over your arms.
This could be up to 1cm to 2cm.
For an extra-large armhole, consider going for a coat with a 3cm or higher collar, a large chest, and a slim waistline.
You should also consider the amount of warmth in the coat you’re wearing.
You can find out more about the temperature of your home by visiting your local weather bureau.
The length of your sleeve should match the length of both the jacket and the sleeve cuff.
The longer the sleeve, the more comfortable the coat will feel, as your sleeve will sit at the same height as the chest.
If it’s too long, it will pull in your chest area.
If you’re in the cold, you should consider wearing a hooded coat, or a jacket that has a hood on the outside.
This should help keep you warm.
If a coat has a ventilator feature, it should also have a large vent that can be opened up if you need to warm up.
If the vent is closed, the jacket will still have a great fit.
Finally, consider the quality of the materials you’re using.
If your coat is made from synthetic materials, it won’t be as breathable as a coat made from cotton or polyester.
A synthetic coat will still allow you to breathe through the sleeves.