Coats – Fur, Leather and Wool Pea Coats for Winter

Having a variety of coats to suit a variety of occasions is a necessity. Fall, winter, spring or summer; formal, informal, business or casual, sport participant or sport watcher - you need the right to coat to carry you through the days and events of your life!

Coats geared for every age, size and activity are ready to be purchased and put in the closet! And even dogs need coats (besides their natural one!), so don't leave your best friend out when shopping for outerwear.

Different professions require specific types of coats, so it is especially important to know what you're looking for when buying a chef's coat or lab coat, for example.

You shouldn't have to empty your wallet to get a great coat - look for coats on sale near the end of each season and you're sure to benefit from healthy discounts.

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We wouldn't need coats if we didn't face the weather once in awhile, though, so the time of year can have the biggest influence on what kind of coat you buy:

Summer: Most summer days don't require that you wear a coat, but if you find you need protection from summer sun, don a linen duster. The lightweight, loose style will keep your clothes free from dust and offer a little relief from hot rays. For festive summer occasions that may last into evening, like an outdoor wedding or graduation ceremony, find a cotton or linen coat-dress that will keep goose bumps at bay. Natural fabrics have "breathability," – a welcome quality when the heat and humidity bear down.

Spring: Coat manufacturers take the phrase, "April showers bring May flowers" seriously – you can always expect to see online and local clothing retailers showering the market with pretty pastel and plaid raincoats, a welcome relief from the heavier, darker coats of winter. Growing and steadfast trends in raincoat fashions include the ever-stylish trench coat, a hooded toggle coat, the cheery vinyl slicker and classic single-breasted balmacaan. A raincoat with a zip out liner will take you through the fall and winter months, if the temperatures aren't too extreme.

Fall: Leaves may be falling in autumn, but it is the season that coats are in full bloom! Richly textured tweeds, wide-wale corduroys, pliant leathers and of course, resilient, warm wool coats all come to life in the fall. Perfect when paired with wool trousers and pleated skirts, or just topping jeans and loafers, a nubby tweed coat is as symbolic of autumn as the first day of school. A leather trench coat in saddle brown will take you to the office and the after-work gathering without skipping a beat. Hip-hitting wool pea coats look great on tall, slender frames; single-breasted, three-quarter length coats complement a shorter, fuller figure. Vintage looks, carried out in a swing coat or boucle jacket, are popular with young female shoppers.

Winter: If your fall coat or raincoat won't keep you warm in winter, shop for a dedicated winter coat. The right fabric can turn any style into a warm winter coat – so look for a trench coat, hooded duffle coat, or similar full-length style in materials that will stave off the cold and wind of winter. Fur, faux fur and goose-down filled coats make great winter outerwear, especially in styles that are cut long enough to reduce the amount of exposure, yet don't impede your movements.

No matter the season, or reason, you are wearing a coat, you should enjoy putting it on as much as taking it off, so spend the time and find just the coat to cover all the bases!


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