The nights may be getting longer, colder, and darker, but winter also brings a lot of exciting new things, and few are more exciting than the opportunity to shop for new coats and jackets. 2021 is shaping to be a year of self-care, and that means that treating yourself to a snug, comfortable coat is very on theme.
You can expect to see a lot of thick, warm, and heavy coats throughout the season, but that just constitutes one fragment of a season that’s positioned to be very diverse.
It’s 2021, and most of us are sick of sacrificing our comfort for the sake of fashion. Fortunately, the sentiment is so strong that comfort and style are becoming more aligned than they’ve ever been.
The puffer coat is in, and it offers one of the most effective ways to stay warm even in the coldest parts of the world. The thickness of the puffer comes down to you. A lighter puffer can layer well for more complex outfits, but bigger and bulkier isn’t necessarily a faux pas. In either case, bright and vibrant colors are practically an expectation if you’re going to wear a puffer jacket.
The Double-Breasted Coat
Investing in a double-breasted coat isn’t about latching onto the latest style. Instead, it’s an investment that’s going to last. This is a design that’s too iconic to ever really go out of style, and a heavy double-breasted coat can comfortably pair with skirts, dresses, or slacks.
No matter what your situation, you can always find a double-breasted coat. Just one piece of advice: go with wool. It will provide you with the most comfortable fit and is built to stand the test of time. Just recognize that you can’t be afraid to spend a little. A truly quality double-breasted coat can easily cost you hundreds of dollars, but it will pay for itself over time.
2020 was a big year for sustainable fashion. The world seems to start paying attention to how much waste there is in the industry, but new technological developments and changing attitudes are leading to sustainability being centered in every aspect of the fashion industry.
On the extreme end of the equation, major fashion manufacturers began producing handbags, shoes, and coats from mushroom leather. It’s a cool development, but it will more regularly express itself in less cutting edgeways.
Expect to see a lot of people flaunting fur this year, but expect less of it to be real than ever before. The fur is in, and the fact that people are now proud to announce that their fur is fake means that you’re free to explore fur coats in extravagant and unnatural colors and patterns.
Wool has long been the king of winter fashion. It’s thick, warming, and highly durable. But shearling is increasingly beginning to fill a big part of the shelf space once occupied exclusively by wool. Just like wool, shearling is harvested from sheep. Unlike wool, it can be a difficult material to work with. That means that it has until recently been used more as adornment than as the fabric around an entire coat is made.
Shearling coats and jackets are some of the most comfortable garments around, and they’re going to be an especially popular choice in parts of the world that are especially cold this time of the year. As an added advantage, shearling works very well in wet environments as well.
The surface of shearling is water-resistant, and it’s also designed to wick off sweat—so it will continue to feel comfortable even if the climate takes a sharp turn.