The 5 jackets you need in your wardrobe this season
As we move into the winter months, it’s time to transition our wardrobes for the bone-chilling season ahead. While you will likely spend most of December curled up under fluffy blankets indoors, you still need to be prepared for the frosty weather conditions when you venture out.
Dressing for winter is never as simple as it first seems; just as you’ve brought out your winter wool and faux furs, the British weather serves you heavy rain and bursts of snow. The key is to arm yourself with several jackets, layers and coats that you can alternate depending on the weather conditions. Here, Seasalt Cornwall rounds up the jackets you need in your wardrobe this winter, from lightweight and packable options to durable jackets to get you through the frosty mornings.
1. Puffer Jacket
Be it long or short, a reliable puffer jacket is a must-have in everyone’s wardrobe this season. If you are planning to spend longer periods of time outside, this jacket will keep you dry, warm and protected at all times, as well as keeping you looking stylish too. While they tend to be a little more casual than other options, you can still find many high-end and eye-catching designs available on the market. You can rest assured that as long as you choose a quality model, you will be fully armed to brave the cold, whether it be walking the Cornish shores, Yorkshire Dales or hitting Oxford Street.
The trusty overcoat is a staple piece in every woman’s wardrobe. Perfect for any occasion, you can dress a trench coat down with a fleece or sweatshirt underneath or partner with quality knitwear for a more elegant look. Wool and Cashmere are the most popular materials used for an overcoat, as their fibres are perfect for chilly temperatures. When these quality fabrics are combined with chic labels and well-designed lining your coat becomes a classy jacket that will last you a lifetime.
3. Lightweight Raincoat
Arguably more of an all-year-round piece, a lightweight raincoat is an absolute essential for anyone living in the UK. Whilst snow is not always guaranteed in the winter, rain most definitely is so, make sure to include a versatile, high-quality raincoat to your winter checklist. Perhaps not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of fashion staples, but there are certainly a few models that can create an elegant look. For instance, a form-fitting raincoat that accentuates the waist and reaches the knee can look flattering and stylish on most body types.
When considering versatile jackets for winter, we can’t overlook the classic Gilet. This essential body warmer comes mainly in smooth and fitted shapes and is perfect to add an extra layer of protection against the freezing winter temperatures. While in the 19th century, they were primarily intended for styling purposes, today they have shifted direction towards a more practical look. The Gilet is a versatile item that can go on top of any jumper, fleece or sweatshirt whilst keeping you warm and on-trend. Partner with leather boots for a classic outdoor look or trainers or wellingtons, for more practical times.
5. Woollen Jacket
Wool is one of the most versatile and top-quality materials for the wintertime. Woollen jackets come in many forms and can even be seen in some of the other styles on the list. Although often higher in price than other styles, a classic woollen coat will keep you warmer than many other materials and will last for years to come. The beauty of the woollen jacket is that there is an array of different designs you can choose from, including duffel coats, cape jackets, cropped jackets and blazers. Just remember to take care when washing it; check the care label and, if in doubt, use a gentle hand wash or take it to the dry cleaners.
In order to gear up for winter, you need to be well-equipped. Having a transitional wardrobe will ensure you are prepared for all conditions, whether it be a December frost or torrential rain post-Christmas. Jackets and easy-to-layer items are at the heart of any outfit and, if done right, they will see you through the coldest, wettest months and beyond.
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