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Posted on October 16, 2014

Tips for Purchasing a Winter Coat

Fall officially arrived a few weeks ago, and cooler weather is moving in.  It’s time to take a look at your winter wardrobe to see where you might need some updates.  One such item might be a new coat.  If purchasing a new coat is on your ‘must do’ list, here are a few tips to help you on your mission.

Consider color – First and foremost, choose what you love.  If you look great in and love that white coat, buy it.  But keep in mind that white coats are harder to keep clean.  If you are concerned about how it will look between cleanings, consider a darker color.  It will be easier to maintain.

Fabric – While cashmere is soft, light, warm, and wonderful, it is not a durable fabric.  It is susceptible to wear, tear, and abrasions.  A cashmere/wool blend will wear better and maintain its look longer.

Fit – Consider what you’ll be wearing your coat with.  Will it fit comfortably with a heavy sweater, blazer, or suit jacket?

Length – Again consider what you’ll be wearing your coat with, but also consider the climate you’ll be wearing it in. If you wear lots of dresses or skirts, a short coat may not provide much protection.  On the other hand, an exceptionally long coat might be prone to picking up more dirt and debris.

Care – We recommend that you have your winter coat cleaned at the beginning of the season and then again at the end of the season.  Some coats may require additional attention.  For instance, if you have a 100% wool coat, it is recommended that you gently brush it after each wearing to remove any surface dirt.  Be sure to check the tag for cleaning considerations before purchasing.

If you plan on keeping your current winter coat another season, don’t forget to have it cleaned before the weather turns.  Just drop it off at any one of our locations, and we’ll take it from there.  For additional information about purchasing a winter coat, check out our helpful hints section.

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