What's on the label matters
When it comes to the material your coat is made from, look for natural fibres or recycled synthetics. Natural fibres like wool and cashmere are perfect for cooler weather as they have balanced thermal insulation properties and are highly durable (not to mention soft on the skin).
If you’re after something a little lighter, particularly if you’re not in a location that gets freezing, linen is your go-to. Linen is lightweight and breathable making it a great trans-seasonal option too. UNIKSPACE’s Victor Linen Coat has a beautiful relaxed approach to tailoring and features hidden side seam pockets and a high centre-back split. On cooler winter evenings it’s an easy coat to layer over statement knitwear.
If you’re buying synthetics – which are often used for trench coats due to their water-resistant properties – recycled varieties are the best way to keep your environmental impact down.
Know your fits
When it comes to nailing the fit, there are a few things to consider, including your height and shape and its use. If it gets really cold or rains a lot where you live, make sure there’s enough room to fit warm layers underneath and that the material is weather-appropriate.
My fellow shorties will need to check coat measurements carefully to ensure the arms don’t hang inches over your hands and that the hem doesn’t drag along the ground. The same goes for tall girls wanting to avoid cold exposed wrists.
If you wear any coat with confidence you’re going to look great. With that being said, typically certain coats work better on different body types. For someone petite, extremes work well, like opting for a short jacket that finishes at the hips or something super long. Those with an hourglass figure should accentuate their hips, so look for a trench coat that cinches in at the waist or has a tie. If you’re a rectangular shape and tall, you’re in luck: oversized coats will look great (and, bonus, it’s the style that’s on-trend right now). Lastly, for an inverted triangle shape with broader shoulders, opt for a more relaxed fit where you can leave it loose and open.