When I first moved to New York in January of this year, I had no idea just how cold it was really going to be. Everyone kept telling me about light layers — which I still swear by — but having some staple coats in your closet can also save you from feeling like you just want to give up, order Seamless and hibernate for three months. Here are some of my favorite tips that worked for me and I hope they’ll help you too:
Quality Over Quantity
When it comes to Fall and Winter coats, don’t just think about price and style — always take time to read what material it’s made out of before making your decision. Acrylic, nylon and spandex are often common in coats, but make sure that the majority of it is made out of something warmer like wool.
Mix it Up
A good rule of thumb for winter is to have one dressy coat, one more casual coat, one down coat (for those zero-degree days) and at least one coat that’s waterproof. It’s so for me to want to just have cute wool coats in my arsenal, but down coats have definitely saved me on more than one occasion!
Leave Room for Layers
One mistake I made when I first moved here is buying coats that fit me just right in the store. When real life set in, I found myself layering a heat-tech undershirt, a long sleeved shirt and a thick turtleneck sweater, only to find that the coat was uncomfortable to wear on top of it all. Definitely go one size up if you’re on the borderline.
Don’t Forget the Pockets
Especially in the heavier coats that you’ll be wearing in January and February, don’t forget about the importance of pockets. Not just for holding your phone and chapstick, but for keeping your hands warm. Even if you have gloves on, pockets add an extra layer of warmth that is so so necessary.