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What To Look For When Buying Outerwear: Our Top Tips

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It’s cold a dreary outside and you need the perfect outerwear to see you through. It seems easy but then you ask yourself. Do I need a coat or a jacket? What will I wear it with? It’s important to know what you need before you shop so you can get something that is both fashionable and functional. 

Good outerwear is a worthwhile investment so it’s essential to choose the best and what works for you. The right outerwear can improve your motivation. Having the right coat or jacket can make the difference between going for that walk or not. With that in mind, it’s important to make the right choice. 

Here are our top tips when it comes to choosing outerwear:


When shopping for coats and jackets ask yourself what do I need it for? Do I need it to keep me warm while I’m watching my kids play football on a Sunday morning? That way you can establish the style and material you are looking for. Think about all the occasions you will want to wear it and choose accordingly. Do you want a long coat that will keep you warm from head to toe or a waist-length jacket for the warmer days? A hood for the rain? Style is more than fashion and so it’s best to be clear with what you want. You might be someone who likes to alternate between a coat and jacket or several. That way you have one for all occasions. Check out a selection of options, like the coats and jackets from Gym King, so you can see a range including sleeveless jackets, puffer coats and more.


When choosing outerwear always pay attention to the material. A faux fur coat may look stylish but how would it hold up in the pouring rain. Choose one that’s appropriate for both the weather and your climate. Explore a range of coat materials to narrow down your search and find the perfect option for you.


What type of jacket or coat do you want? Do you need a formal coat or a casual jacket? When looking at style you need to pick one that meets all your requirements as outlined above and of course, you want it to look good but don’t pick fashion over what suits you. Make sure to pick a style that is good for your shape and flattering. It’s often a good idea to size up in outerwear. That way you can layer up and still feel comfortable. Pockets are often an overlooked but important feature keep an eye on the small details. 


This is a personal choice and will come down to your own style. However, when it comes to colour choosing a neutral colour pallet is often the best choice for outerwear. That way you can match it to any outfit. You can go bold if you want but that might work best with a secondary jacket, not your primary coat. 

It can be overwhelming when you start looking for outerwear but by following these top tips you will be able to make the right decision for you. Stick with classic styles and neutral colours and your outerwear will last you for years to come. 

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