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A winter coat is a must-have in the colder parts of the year, but with so many different styles, colors, and materials, choosing can be overwhelming. When purchasing a coat, you want to get the most out of it, so it's best if it can match your entire wardrobe. But what color coat is going to be the one that can fit with any outfit?
These are the coat colors that will go with everything:
- Earth Tones (olive green, browns, beige)
- Light Blue
Keep reading to see how you can choose the perfect coat to add to your wardrobe. From the best color to the best fit, we've put together a handy guide to make shopping for a coat a breeze.
Black is easily one of the most popular coat colors. Not only does it match with virtually everything, but it looks classic and doesn't easily show dirt. Whether your wardrobe consists of mostly black or tons of color, a black jacket can be added to any outfit.
If you enjoy the ease of a black jacket but aren't a huge fan of solid black, black and white patterns are still going to match with everything. This is a great choice if you wear a lot of blacks or favor solid colored clothes since it will add a patterned element to your outfits.
Earth tones are versatile enough to suit almost any outfit, like olive or hunter green and brown shades. Let's take a look at how these colors coordinate with everything.
Olive green is very popular for bomber jackets or trench coats, and for a good reason. This rich and muted shade of green can be treated just like any other neutral shade. The only shade that will clash with olive green is very bright green.
Medium to dark browns are beautiful because they can fit a ton of different stylings. A long brown coat can look dressed up when paired with a simple black dress and heels. Or you can combine it with a more casual jeans and tee look for everyday wear.
If you prefer a lighter-colored wardrobe, beiges or cremes may be a better option for you. White coats are just not worth how easily they show dirt, so beige tones are the closest to a light-colored coat that matches everything.
For a bright color choice, red is actually fairly easy to match. A red coat is a great way to add color to neutral-toned outfits. But it isn't limited to coordinating with browns, black, and grey.
Red also looks amazing with pinks, mustard yellows, varying shades of blue, and even purple. For a fun and bright look, you can't go wrong with a red coat.
Navy is the best dark alternative to black. The right shade of navy will be distinctively blue, instead of being so dark that it is hard to distinguish from black. That way, you aren't trapped into never wearing black for fear of clashing.
Light blue, or even a blue-grey, is another bright and fun color that goes with everything. From bold reds to pastel yellows, you would have a hard time finding a color that didn't look gorgeous with a fair shade of blue.
How Do You Choose A Coat Color?
Choosing your ideal coat color is going to come down to your existing wardrobe and personal preferences. When spending money on a coat you will likely wear for months at a time, you should be pleased with your choice. So here are some ways to help you make your decision.
If you're searching for a coat that matches everything, then you are probably already thinking about what is going to coordinate with your personal style. Do you wear a ton of black? Do you prefer patterns or solid colors? Do you gravitate towards bright clothing?
Consider colors that will complement your wardrobe instead of simply blending in. If you wear a lot of bold and bright patterns, a solid brown or black coat may provide the perfect balance for your outfits. Or, if you wear mostly black, you can choose a bright color like red for a classic contrast or a color like olive green to maintain your darker colored preferences.
Bright colors like red or light blue are perfect if you want to stand out in a crowd. But if that's not something you enjoy, then earthy tones, black, or navy are probably where you should start looking. Remember, this is coming down to what makes you feel good, so choose a color or pattern that you love.
How Many Coats Do You Need?
Generally, one coat just isn't going to cut it. If you purchase a heavy winter coat for the snow, you're going to burn up when it's time for a light jacket. Depending on where you live, you probably have seasonal weather patterns, instead of extreme hots and extreme colds exclusively, that will require a couple of options.
Down coats are going to keep you the warmest during the winter. Investing in a thick down coat with a hood is going to give you the best option for those extremely cold days.
A wool coat is going to keep you warm while also looking nicer than a puffy down coat. Peacoats are great for dresses or dress pants; they show off your figure and look very feminine.
A raincoat is a must because you can never completely avoid the rain. Raincoats can be used all year round, so you may want to purchase a thicker, warmer one and a lighter one for warmer months. You can also get a raincoat with a removable lining so you can use it no matter the temperature.
Is It Worth Buying An Expensive Coat?
For an article of clothing that you will be wearing time and time again, it is absolutely worth purchasing a more expensive coat. When it comes to coats, you will generally get what you pay for. More expensive coats will be of higher quality and more durable. If you purchase a cheaper version, you will most likely be spending more money replacing it every year.
Should You Buy A Coat One Size Bigger?
A common concern for coat buyers is if they should purchase a size bigger in order to fit layers or thick sweaters. The outdated answer is yes, but designers have taken into consideration what you will be wearing with a winter coat. If you purchase your correct size, it should have room for layers.
However, there is no set rule for coat designers, so some brands may require purchasing a size larger. When shopping for a coat, you can always wear a sweater and see how the coat fits when you try it on.
How Do You Choose The Right Coat For Your Body Type?
When purchasing a coat, you want to love how the coat looks and love how you look wearing it. Dressing for your body type will help the coat to look flattering on you. However, if you love the coat and it keeps you warm, then get whatever style you like!
For tall women, you basically have your pick of the bunch. Tall figures can pull off heavy fabrics and longer jackets better than the other body types. Highlight your waist and create an hourglass figure by choosing a jacket fitted at the waist and wider at the bottom.
Heavy and long coats can be overwhelming on a petite frame. And too much fabric can make you look bulky and weighed down. To complement a petite body shape, go for a cropped or fitted coat to accentuate your figure.
For an hourglass figure, you want to accentuate your waist while also having room for your curves. Coats that can be adjusted, like fit and flare or wrap coats, will work best for you.
With pear-shaped figures, you want to highlight the waistline. A coat with a belt will allow you to cinch your coat's waist and leave room for wider hips.
For an apple-shaped figure, where you're widest in your midsection and more narrow at your legs, choose a coat that highlights your legs. Cocoon coats are wider in the midsection, so you'll have a comfortable amount of room. They also narrow at the legs. Finding a coat that stops mid-thigh is going to elongate your legs as well.
Heart-shaped figures are wider in the shoulders and bust, so a coat that isn't adding bulk to your shoulders is going to be ideal. A coat that tapers towards your legs, like a cocoon, or even a more fitted style, will work best for you.
From style to color, there are a lot of choices to be made when deciding on the perfect coat. Think about your wardrobe and what color will complement your clothes. But don't forget to purchase a coat that you love, and that makes you feel good.
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