Women’s Outerwear Guide
Women’s Outerwear 101
Types of Women’s Outerwear
Women's 3-in-1 Jackets
Women's Pea Coats
Women's Bomber Jackets
Women's Denim Jackets
Types of Outerwear Cont
Women's Outerwear Buying Tips:
• A 3-in-1 jacket can be worn three different ways, from fall until spring
• Look for extra insulation if you are not used to cold temperatures
• Invest in a neutral-coloured coat that complements your wardrobe
• Try a belted coat to accentuate your curves
Fleece and wool are exceptional materials for layering during winter or as a single layer for brisk days. Nylon is a thin, yet strong material suitable for windbreakers. Leather is a solid balance between style and sturdiness. Black leather jackets are a go-to piece of outerwear for seamless coordination with most evening outfits. Suede is a form of leather, but is lightly napped to give it a softer look. Micro fibre is a super-thin material made from polyester and nylon to create a product thinner than silk, which is useful for windbreakers or as an inner lining. Pea coats regularly feature natural wool, spun from the coat of a sheep or lamb. Wool is also used as a lining in winter coats and jackets for excellent insulation.
Thermal Properties +
The thermal properties of outerwear describe the level of insulation and warmth. High-tech thermal properties, embodied in Polartec fleece fabrics, are designed for intense winter sports to provide warmth without weight. Athletic jackets for skiing and snowboarding suit this purpose. Other insulation that isn’t sport-appropriate includes wool and faux fur. A wool coat, such as the pea coat, has such natural thermal properties that insulated lining isn’t required.
Water Resistance +
Water-resistant can be confused with waterproof, but the difference is that a waterproof coat or jacket isn’t necessary unless you’re under water. This material is measured in denier. The higher the denier, the fewer pores there are for water to seep through and the more water-resistant it is. Outerwear with a 70-denier count or higher is a great option for hiking and camping when you’re not sure what kind of weather will surprise you. Three-in-one jackets and windbreakers typically feature a water-resistant shell.
Outerwear lining is designed for comfort, insulation, and style. Faux fur, wool, or silk linings are cozy materials for a fall or winter coat. A jacket can have a fun pattern or solid print lining, and a fashionable lining will peek out of the collar, hood, or rolled up cuffs to add detail. Coats meant to provide protection from severe winter conditions should include quality, high-tech thermal insulation.
A hood is useful for shielding against wind, rain, or snow. The hoodie is so named for its defining feature, but typically comes in a soft, jersey fabric. Water-resistant material Is recommended for athletic hoodies. Some coats and jackets feature a detachable hood attached by a snap, zip, or button closure. A three-piece hood is cut and sewn from three separate pieces of material for a more ergonomic fit. Some hooded jackets feature stylish trims along the hood or a draw cord for adjusting the size.
Pockets are a practical detail either on the inside or outside of your coat or jacket. Inner pockets are handy for personal items such as a passport, but any pocket dedicated to valuables should have a snap or zipper closure. Outer pockets are storage for winter gloves or, if well-lined, to warm your hands. Coat pockets on the outside are normally flap, slash or welt-style and do not have closures.
Coat or jacket necklines can be collarless, feature a turtleneck, or a classic collar. Coats with a notch collar such as the trench or pea coat add a stylish, yet professional touch and can give you greater neck coverage by lifting the collar of the coat. Some jackets, such as most bombers and windbreakers, can adjust from a turtleneck to a traditional collar with a zip closure. High-collared jackets are recommended for athletic activities.
Some coats with thick insulation or material add a draw cord at the waistline to flatter your curves. Metal studs look chic on leather jackets or other evening outerwear. Print or bold- coloured trim on a jacket is a tasteful touch. Zippered cuffs allow you to turn up sleeves for a stylish accent or in fluctuating temperatures. Gold-coloured zippers bring more bling to your outerwear than silver/metal finishes.
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Outerwear Care Tips:
• Hang your jackets and coats on sturdy hangers that maintain their shape
• Treat your leather jacket with a leather care product before wearing it
• Use a lint or suede brush to remove surface grime from winter coats
• Never bleach or use extremely hot water on wool
• Blot a stain on a wool coat or jacket with cold water or club soda