Beat the chill! Tips for buying a great winter coat to suit every budget

With temperatures below zero and Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to invest in a winter coat. If like me, your current winter coat is the consistency of tissue paper and hanging together by a few threads, then you’ll need a good quality warm coat.

Buying a new coat can be an onerous task. Do you opt for a cosy parka which will provide warmth but isn’t rainproof? A stylish coat which looks great but has no lining? Or are you tempted by puffer coats but afraid you’ll look like a marshmallow?!

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When it comes to buying a winter coat, first decide what you need. If you want something exceptionally warm, then get a parka with a detachable fleece lining. I’ve never been a parka fan as they always come in the same muted boring colours but they do provide warmth.

If you love a pop of colour in your outfit, there are lots of parkas with colourful fur contrasts in shops this year and these are a nice alternative to the traditional parka.

New Look have some super stylish parkas this year with bright fur collars, embroidery details and even a camouflage parka. These range in price from €69.99-€84.99. If you are buying online, New Look offer 20% off your first full-price purchase.

Faux fur coats are a great way of retaining your style credentials and keeping cosy at the same time. Violinkit demonstrates how to style one over on her blog, check it out for inspiration.

Shein.com have very affordable faux fur coats on promotion at the moment. The grey is just under €45 and the tan one is just under €28!

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Faux fur coat. Pic: Shein.com

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Tan and white faux fur longline coat. Pic: Shein.com

Puffer coats and jackets are also really warm and super stylish this year. If you’re afraid they may look bulky on try some streamlined versions. River Island have an amazing streamlined style in black and pink.

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Pink puffer jacket. Pic: River Island.com

I bought the pink one and it’s super cosy without being bulky. This was €120 but I got it for €85 using Asos’s 20% Cyber Monday deal and paying in sterling. Check out my Shopping Online Hacks post for more details.

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Black puffer coat. Pic: River Island.com

Boohoo.com are offering 30% off selected winter stock as part of their Cyber Week promotion. But hurry, it’s only until 6 p.m tonight! Use code OHNICE at the checkout. Among the coats in the promotion are this parka (€61 full price) and this fab military coat (€68 full price).

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Khaki parka. Pic: Boohoo.com

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Black military coat. Pic: Boohoo.com

At all costs, avoid unlined coats, even if it means spending a little more. You don’t want to spend your Christmas nights out shivering wishing you were at home in a onesie! I’ve made the mistake of buying a coat which has a wool-like exterior but only a thin lining. Never again!

If you have the cash for a more expensive coat, go for it. A good quality coat should last a few years. And if you are strapped for cash, then watch out for the sales. Some shops are already reducing winter stock or offering promotions on coats so keep your eyes peeled.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed this post, leave me a comment and let me know.

Thanks for reading as always and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

 

 

4 thoughts on “Beat the chill! Tips for buying a great winter coat to suit every budget

    • Some of them are bit out there alright! Kathryn’s rocking a few neutral ones over on her blog and they look fab on her!

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