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How to Buy a Good Winter Coat


Living in Canada, I know a thing or two about long and cold winters.  Unfortunately, it didn't keep me from making the stupid mistake of buying winter coats that were cute and cheap instead of warm and comfortable.  Two years ago, I decided to spend my money smartly and bought my first "real" winter coat.  Best decision ever!  It was expensive but truly worth it because it makes winter a little bit more bearable now.  So in an effort to pass along this wonderful knowledge, I will tell you the characteristics you should be looking for in a good winter coat.

• RIBBED INNER CUFFS 
The cuffs keep the cold wind from going up your sleeves and freeze you to death.  
My coat has something even better....built-in fingerless gloves.  

• WATERPROOF, WINDPROOF AND BREATHABLE
This one is pretty self-explanatory.  You want to keep the elements out while staying
comfortable and warm inside.   

• FILL POWER
If you buy a down coat, make sure it has a 600+ fill power.

• LARGE REMOVABLE HOOD
A hood protects your face from the cold wind and your hair from the snow.
It is also very easy to put on/off and it doesn't mess your hair.  

• SEALED SEAMS
Seams are commonly known as a major point of weakness in all coats.
Choose one with seams fully sealed to keep the cold air from entering the coat and losing body heat.

• GOOD LENGTH
I personally like mid-thigh length because it provides good coverage and protection.
You can sit on a park bench without having your butt turned into an iceberg.
And it's not too long so you don't look like you borrowed your mom's floor-length winter coat.

• VERSATILE AND CUTE
Your coat also has to be versatile.  It has to fit with as many outfits as possible.  Depending on where you live, your winter coat is probably the piece of clothing that you will wear the most...ever!  Don't spend money on a coat that you don't absolutely adore. 

Have a good winter!