Is it time to get your winter coat out? Tips to choose a new one!

Tuesday morning, it was cold. When I left home, the temperature on the car said 2.5 degrees and it was misty enough to need fog lights, by 11.30am it had raised to a balmy 6.5 degrees whilst there wasn't a cloud in a bright blue sky.

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This is cold enough to wear a winter coat in earnest!

A photo of the temperature gauge on Gillian Lewis: Spectrum's car

Brr - it's chilly!

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Not a cloud in the sky!

Now, I've been lucky over the last couple of years to have bought a couple of Desigual winter coats to wear when I need to be smart (and both of them were bought for less than 1/2 price after searching about online). Although nominally self coloured, they've got lovely animalesque patterns in the raised fabric and the shape is great for me. You might have seen me wearing them.

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum - Desigual winter coat
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For general everyday wear, I usually revert to wearing my Rohan Parka which keeps me warm and dry. I've had it for several years and it's still as good as the day I bought it. Rohan is a great brand for practical, long lasting clothes as I've written about before.

If you're looking for a winter coat, here are some things Colour Me Beautiful suggest you consider - although, bear in mind this is based on current fashion trends (and I do tell you to forget fashion!), so you should choose based on your colouring and body shape πŸ˜€

Gillian Lewis Spectrum - trained by Colour Me Beautiful

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November 2014

Time for a New Coat

A new winter coat is the most exciting buy for winter (along with new boots) and the High Street is exploding with new colour palettes, textures and styles.

Whether you are looking for something versatile or something that makes more of a statement, here's our pick of this season's coats followed by some tips on how to narrow down the choice and find one that is just right for you​​.

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum blog post Winter Coats

The Season's Styles

Every winter we see the same styles reappear with a bit of an update, whether it be new colours and textures or twists in the detail. Favourites are the trench, pea coat, Crombie and parka. These are all great staples because they never really date. Whilst it's easy to go for the safe options, try to get out of your comfort zone and experiment with new shapes. You just need to make sure the style suits you and works with a variety of outfits. You also want to enjoy wearing it. The big coat stories this season are oversized/boyfriend, pared back tailoring, wraps and capes.

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum blog post Winter Coats

The New Colours

Yes it is practical to have a coat in a neutral shade (grey, navy, camel or black) that goes with everything, but your coat is not just serving a purpose, it is part of YOUR style. If you choose carefully and get the right colour for you, a colour can be just as versatile. If you like something a bit different you might want to try some colour block pieces. The colour stories for coats this season are cobalt blue, pale pink, hot pink, orange, red and yellow.

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum blog post Winter Coats

Pattern and Fabric Stories

Tartan is THE pattern to go for and we're not looking at traditional weaves here. There are varying colours and big checks. Following closely behind tartan are Aztec-like patterns mostly in rich colours and fabrics in wrap and cape styles. Both themes make your winter coat more of a statement. Shearling is back along with faux fur and we are seeing these textures mixed with other fabrics too. The furs are fun but not in the least bit practical, but go for it if you dare!

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum blog post Winter Coats

Tips to consider when choosing your coat

What do you like?

Long, short, classic, on trend, creative, neutral shade, colourful, smart, casual? You want something that reflects your style and fits with your lifestyle. There is no point buying a long coat if you are in and out of a car all day, or a short one if you walk miles to the train station.

What do you need?

First and foremost it needs to keep you warm. Check what it is made of. It must fit well and make sure when you try on your coats that you wear a jumper or jacket underneath. Decide if you need it to be versatile or something different for particular occasions, perhaps a super smart or statement look.

Do you have a coat wardrobe?

You may consider having a few coats in your wardrobe depending on the occasion: one for every day, another for shopping (you don't want to overheat), one waterproof, and so on. You don't need to buy them all at once, but over two or three years you can build a coat wardrobe.

Don't be afraid to try new styles and colours!

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum blog post Winter Coats

​If you would like to find out what coat colours and styles would work for you...

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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you πŸ˜€
Gillian Lewis
FOLLOW ME
About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D