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Coats: Fashion or Function?

The coat a woman chooses to wear can reflect her personality and style preference so you can often tell a lot about a person by the type of jacket they choose. The style of women's coats have gone through some major changes in the last few decades, who can forget the square cut shoulder pads of the 80s, so when choosing a new coat there are a few key things to keep in mind, especially if you're looking for a fashionable garment which is also functional and practical.

If you are looking for a winter coat then function normally wins out over style. When picking a winter garment it's best to go for thick, warm materials so you don't catch a chill when you're out and about. If you anticipate snowy or wet weather then a waterproof coat would be ideal but these often won't win you any awards in the style stakes so it pays to shop around and find a style that suits you. Most retailers have a large selection of winter coats at this time of year so head for your favorite shop and you're sure to find a jacket that you can wear with pride.

Summer jackets are easier to purchase as they don't require any strict rules when it comes to function. If you go for airy materials and light colours this should stand you in good stead for the summer months. Stick to classic styles that you can comfortably wear again next year, you don't want to have to purchase a new coat every time the fashions change.

If you need a coat for a business meeting or a posh function then opt for a plain tailored style that will show your colleagues and peers that you are fashionable, confident and professional. Make sure you don't overdo it with wild colours and crazy cuts; you want people to notice you and not just the outrageous jacket you're wearing. When you're out on the town with the girls this is the time to splash out and experiment with funky styles so save your fashion faux pas for your free time.

When choosing a coat style and function often don't fit together but many more designers are recognising that fact and are producing items that cover both. High street shops regularly stock practical womens coats that also consider the fashion conscious women, so you can get the best of both worlds if you're happy to hunt around. The range of coats available means there is sure to be something to suit everyone, no matter your shape, size or style.


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