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Tips on Buying a Long Down Coat

by Lindsay Law

Woman wearing a long down coat in the snow

Temperatures are dropping rapidly, and you need durable women's coats to keep you warm during the fall and winter. If you're looking for a heavy winter coat that will protect you in the coldest weather, consider purchasing a long down coat. With their length and ultra-warm lining, these ladies' coats are the perfect addition to any winter wardrobe. Read on for tips on buying a long down coat.

Buying Women's Winter Coats:

  1. Choose a length. Before you buy a down coat for winter, consider your height and body type. If you're petite, look for long ladies' coats that hit at about mid-thigh so your women's down coat doesn't overwhelm your frame. Tall women can buy down women's coats that extend to mid-calf if they prefer, while women of average height look great in women's winter coats that fall to the knees. If you have a curvy figure, you may want to avoid extremely puffy down women's coats, as these can add bulk to your body.

  2. Find a style you like. Today, the traditional women's down coat doesn't just come in the puffy, hooded style. If you like the look of sleek women's outerwear but still need the warmth of a down coat, try winter coats with belted waists and discreet side pockets. You can also find coats for women that feature quilted down in a chevron stripe pattern, an especially slimming look.

  3. Consider stylish features. Protect yourself from chilly blizzards or fierce winds in coats for women that include faux-fur hoods. A hood lined with durable nylon is especially effective in a rain storm. Decide whether you would like your women's winter coats to feature buttons, snaps or zippers for convenience, and choose between women's coats with cargo pockets or simple slash pockets, too.

  4. Pick a color. Women's outerwear comes in many different shades, so consider your wardrobe before purchasing a new coat. If you wear a lot of bright colors, a black or white coat will go with almost anything; a red coat can be a fun addition, too. Purchase a brown or grey coat to complement a classic, neutral wardrobe or look for a down coat in a plaid or houndstooth pattern for an updated look.

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