by Lindsay Law
When you want stylish women's coats that won't have you looking like the Abominable Snowman all winter long, try a women's pea coat on for size. These versatile ladies' coats come in many different colors and fabrics, and many pea coats also feature fun details, such as toggles, cargo pockets, wrap belts and oversized buttons. Read on for tips on buying a pea coat this season.
Choose a fabric. A women's pea coat is often made of wool, but you can find these ladies' coats in polyester, cashmere and cotton, depending on how heavy you'd like your winter coats to be. Purchase lighter coats made of corduroy or flannel for a great fit you can wear in autumn and look for coats for women lined with fleece or thick wool for wintertime.
Find the right fit. Most pea coats hit at about the hip, but some women's coats come in cropped styles that fall to the natural waistline or extend to about mid-thigh. If you live in an area with extreme temperatures, you may want to look for women's winter coats that cover your bottom and are a bit longer than traditional pea coats. Make sure the women's outerwear you purchase is also flattering on your figure. If you're curvy, you may want to buy coats that include a belt to define your waist. Double-breasted women's winter coats can fill out a narrow frame.
Pick a great style. The classic single-breasted pea coat has been a favorite for decades, but you can mix things up a bit with the following stylish coats for women. Buy a hooded pea coat to protect yourself from frigid temperatures and snow storms. Look for winter coats with funnel necks and pleated hems for an ultra-trendy look. Don't forget to buy a belted pea coat that also includes buttoned pockets and a stylish high collar.
Select the perfect color. Find women's outerwear in bold colors, such as cherry red or royal blue, to make a statement wherever you go or buy a hooded pea coat in black, grey, white or brown to complement your wardrobe. If you want a unique pea coat, purchase one in a traditional plaid pattern or look for a coat in tweed or houndstooth.