How Do I Choose the Best plus Size Winter Coat?

Mary Ellen Popolo

When shopping for a plus size winter coat, there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration that will help you select the best coat. The style of the coat, the size and the price are some of the most important things you will need to consider. Finding the right coat is mostly a matter of personal taste combined with these other factors.

Women who wear plus size clothing may find a greater selection online or through catalogs.
Women who wear plus size clothing may find a greater selection online or through catalogs.

The size of the coat you wear will determine where you will need to shop for coats. Some department stores carry plus size apparel, but not all do. You may need to visit a store that specializes in plus size clothing to find a coat in your size. Shopping online is also an option, but takes away your ability to see and feel the material and workmanship and to try on the coats before you make a purchase.

There are many different styles of plus size winter coat to choose from. Long coats, car length coats and short coats are all available in plus sizes. The style you choose should be determined by when and where you will be wearing the coat most often as well as the weather and climate in your area and of course your personal preference.

Size is an important factor since you need to make sure the coat fits properly. When trying on coats, consider what kind of clothing you will normally wear with the coat. Avoid wearing thick and bulky clothing when trying on coats unless you typically wear this type of apparel on a regular basis.

Color is a personal preference when choosing a plus size winter coat and you should choose a color you are fond of. Keep in mind though, that darker colors like navy, charcoal gray and black will hide dirt better than lighter colors such as yellow or pink. Patterned designs such as checked or plaid are available on some styles of coat.

Some other things to consider when choosing a plus size winter coat is whether or not you want the coat to have a hood and if it should be removable, if you prefer a zipper or buttons for closing the coat and if you want the coat to be lined. In addition, some materials are water repellent or resistant which can be useful if you live in a climate that has a lot of rain or snow.

A three-in-one plus size winter coat transforms from a fully lined jacket with a hood to a lighter weight jacket. The liner can be removed and worn alone as a jacket and in some styles, the liner is reversible. The hood is also removable giving the option of wearing the coat with or without the hood.

Workmanship and quality should be taken into consideration. Look for quality workmanship and tight stitching to help ensure the coat will last. You may pay more for a coat made by a reputable manufacturer, but you will be less likely to have to replace it in a short period of time.

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