OK- I’m not really one to talk on stylish coats, since I have been wearing the same butt ass ugly coat that my mom gave me when I was 12. It’s now 14 years old, and still sadly gets worn out to the store, outdoor events, shopping, and even to the mall, but based upon how ugly my coat is, I have a few tips on how to actually have a coat for years that stays stylish over time by avoiding purchasing a coat like mine.
First of all, avoid a coat with an elastic waist that curves over the hips and then dips down over the butt, like my fire-engine red Columbia coat does. It’s a dated look, and was likely dated when I got it. Instead, opt for a trench coat with a belt or a coat that ends at the waist itself with a material elastic that doesn’t make you look like a marshmallow hourglass with wings like mine does.
Avoid trendy prints that will soon go out of style. My coat is a ghastly fire-engine red with a bright blue shoulder and back design and purple pockets and baby blue buttons- I’m not kidding. Not only do the colors on my coat not go together at all, but the colors are not popular now. If my coat had been a solid black or dark blue or some other solid color, it might be passable for fashion now, despite the poor design of the coat itself. Stick with solid colors, like a maroon red, dark brown, black, or deep jewel tones, so your coat will be fashionable longer. If going with a pattern print, keep it simple, like a hounds tooth or a complementary plaid in dark colors.
Avoid puffy coats. You want more of a straight line (I cannot emphasize a classic trench coat enough) and a simple design to the coat that flatters your figure. Having a coat with shoulder pads (yes, I’ve seen them) or a coat with once again, that built-in elastic waist, can date your coat quickly. Even if your coat is several years old, if it’s not overly puffy or designed funky, it should still pass in any fashion trend.
Get rid of a coat if it has too many tears, stains, or otherwise just physically looks old. My coat has permanent dark brown stains on the cuffs from many years of snot wiping, and the sleeves have all these tiny rips from when my dog was a pup and used to drag me around in the snow by my sleeves. I also have a huge lip gloss stain on the front pocket and one of my zippers doesn’t work. If your coat is just too old and damaged, replace it.
I actually DO have another coat- a great emerald green one with gold plaid in it and it comes down to my waist with a stretchy 2-inch material waist to give it shape and sexiness. It is GORGEOUS and trendy, but do I wear it? Hell no- it’s too nice. In the sun it changes color from that awesome green to a sepia brown, and is the coolest coat I’ve ever seen. It was a gift from my best friend’s mom (she saw my ugly red coat and dragged me to the store immediately for an update), and is a beautiful coat in that it’s attractive over all my outfits and is warm as all get-out. But I’m too afraid to wear it, and freakishly attached to my ugly red coat. My final piece of advice then for getting a trendy coat is to actually WEAR it, and quit resorting to your old ugly has-been, so you can enjoy your new awesome coat for many seasons to come.