Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger 


When it comes to buying a high-quality coat that will last several seasons, finding the perfect fit is key. Here are a few tips to buying and styling outerwear for the whole family!

Style and Function

When it comes to picking a coat, a one style fits all approach will not do.  Picking a coat to suit your lifestyle is imperative to not only looking good but to being comfortable as well.  A short leather jacket over your suit is a fashion faux pas and it will throw off your look completely. If you find yourself wearing dress clothes often, then your coat should reflect that. However, if you're a little more casual and rugged find outwear with the right fabrication and wear and tear for your needs.

Dress Coats- If your job requires that you wear business attire a dress coat is a must have.  A good quality dress coat in a basic color like black, gray, or camel will last for years to come. Dressy coats are usually more tailored. Look for coats that have a straight or a-shape silhouette. A three-quarter tailored coat is a great style for North Carolina weather, it's not too long but warm enough for our mild winters. Look for a fabric that is not too thick that closely follows the contours of your body.

Type of coats to buy:

  • Overcoat (Oversized, Three-quarter)
  • Topcoat
  • Trench Coat

Places to buy a dress coat:

  • Ticknor's
  • Banana Republic
  • Johnston Murphy
  • Brooks Brothers

Casual Coats- The elements of casual coat are knitted cuffs, collar, and waistband typically a zippered front or oversized buttons sometimes made with light to medium material typically in leather, wool, or suede.  A casual coat works well if worn with a thin to medium sweater. If you have a business casual dress code or you need a weekend coverup look for casual coats with a mix of fashion, sport and dress. In some instances, a pea coat can be a dress coat and a fun toggle coat in shearling can make a great fashion coat as well.

Type of coats to buy:

  • Toggle Coat
  • Pea Coat
  • Neo Duffle Coat
  • Places to buy a casual coat:
  • J.Jill
  • Old Navy
  • GAP
  • American Eagle
  • Lane Bryant

Fashion Coats- Bright colors and bold patterns make a great fashion coat.  A great fashion coat is not only great in color and pattern but in silhouette. Fashion coats are best described as coats that can be worn alone.  Typically, if you find yourself wearing your coat as a part of your look for the day because your outside most of the time look for coats with fashion elements, faux fur, leather trim, stylish buttons and belts.

Types of coats to buy:

  • Shearling
  • Cape-let
  • Princess

Places to buy a fashion coat:

  • Madewell
  • NY & Company
  • Express
  • J.Crew
  • Macy’s