Trouble deciding which style of jacket suits you best? We’ll help you make up your mind. Check out our article to learn about the expert tips! – We all had our fair share of experiences with finding the best jacket for us during winter. There’s no denying that it can be quite daunting as well.
To begin with, there are so many choices. For instance, certain jackets have extra layers and liners in them for the weather. There are also heavy and lightweight coats (and several kinds in between them) you can choose from as well.
So, when the time comes to pick a jacket it’s easy for some of us to get flustered and not know what we wanted in the first place. Fortunately, this is where we step in. We’re here not only to help you decide but also to figure out the right size and type of jacket that’ll suit your needs the best. So without further ado, let’s get right into it, shall we?
What Are You Looking For In Your Winter Jacket?
Finding a jacket or a coat that suits both your needs and your environment can make you feel like you’ve won the lottery. On top of that, you’ll be warm and look fabulous at the same time. Here’s how you can start your journey of finding the best stylish jackets for you.
Finding The Right Kind Of Jacket
Think about the area where you’re living right now. Even though the weather changes constantly, ask yourself what the temperatures are like when the cold sets in.
If it’s over 60 degrees F, then a windbreaker or a lightweight winter jacket is the best choice. If you are planning on going skiing or up to the cabins in mountainous regions, then you should always have an extra jacket with you.
Yes, there are separate jackets and coats for skiing, but we believe winter jackets don’t need to have an activity theme to them. It may seem like overkill to have a jacket for skiing and another one for other activities, but when you’re in cooler regions, they’ll come in handy for sure. Of course, you can always go for jackets that come with many layers as well. Totally up to you!
So, once you’ve determined your needs for the jacket, move on to decide if a multifunctional layered jacket is the right choice for you. Ask yourself what you’ll be doing while wearing the jacket, the kind of activities like ice skating, making a snowman or going to school, etc.
How would you like your coat to feel like? What will you wear underneath the jacket? Do you want to layer with a hood instead? These are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine when looking for a jacket.
The heaviness, the number of pockets, and how to take proper care of the jacket are also important factors as well. Multifunctional jackets are the absolute best because they keep you protected no matter what your daily activity is like.
Figuring Out The Right Size For Your Jacket
So, now that we’ve figured out what kind of coat suits you best, it’s time to determine the right size.
If you have some experience with shopping online, then you already know that it can be a hit or a miss. But the good news is, there are other ways to find a jacket that’ll not only fit you but also last longer. Here’s how you can do that:
Reading The Reviews
Checking out the reviews is probably the best way to find out if your product is suitable or not. You’ll find that many people tend to be brutally honest when they give their reviews and then others write out of anger or spite. Those are the ones that are easy to spot.
Moreover, if the reviews have more good feedback than bad ones, on the quality of the jacket, then you’ve found the perfect manufacturer for yourself. If for some reason the size and the fitting seem inconsistent, then steer clear of the jacket. Even if they look super cute, that’s just not the right one for you.
Guidelines For Your Fit
Next, it’s time to check out the guidelines for your size. You’ll find many manufacturers provide a size chart. It helps to find out your correct size even if you are nowhere near the shop or the actual jacket. Many fit charts include size, weight, and height so that you can find out which size will work best for you.
If you’re not shopping online then you have the option to go to the shop itself. You get to try them on before buying them but keep in mind you’ll still need to know what size to begin with. It’s always a good idea to have your measurements taken before you set out to buy something.
Measuring Your Body For The Perfect Fit
Now that we’ve figured out how you can find the right size, it’s time to move on to measurements. One of the most essential steps to find the perfect fit is by measuring your chest. Similarly, if the proportions of your body are standard, meaning your arms are longer than average, then the measurement of your chest is all you’ll ever need to take of your body.
If you’re going for a loose fit jacket, then simply add one or two extra inches to your chest measurements. For a better fitting jacket, measure your shoulder, sleeve, and the length of your jacket.
The downside is that international measurements are not all the same. However, if you’re going for a European jacket, then you’ll find that the measurements are divided into a more neat subsidize.
Measurements For Him
For all the men who want to know how you can take your measurements, join right in. The measurements need to be taken close to the body and so, it’s best not to take it over the clothes you’re wearing. For the chest – stand up straight and loosen your arms. It is easier if someone else helps you with the measuring tape.
As for the waist, follow the same steps when measuring your chest and measure around your waist. Next, for the length of your jacket measure only your upper body from the top of your shoulders. Remember, only the expensive jackets have the length on them. Standard sized jackets are made for standard bodies. That also makes it popular, and just available off the rack.
Measurements For Her
Finally, for the ladies who are reading this – let’s find out about how you can measure yourself.
Loose Or Fitted
Start with measuring your chest by standing up straight. Relax your arms. Also, it helps if there’s another person to help with the measuring tape. Next, if your style inclines towards more loosely fit coats or jackets, then all you have to do is add an extra inch or two to your chest size.
However, if you’re into fitted jackets then make sure that you measure close to your body and not over any clothes. Whichever suits you best.
Hips And Heights
For measuring your hip, do it the same way you measured your chest. Just remember that you have to move the tape down to your hips first and not use the same measurements as your chest.
Height measurement determines how long your jacket will be. Take your shoes off though, that’ll be helpful. Next, measure your height from shoulder to toe.
Thankfully, women’s coats and jackets come in standard sizes too just like men’s. Not only is the standard size more cost-effective, but it’s also more accessible as well. More so than the jackets that need to have their length measurements because standard-sized jackets don’t need a height measurement.
In conclusion, we’d like to say that it’s not that hard to find out what you need when you’re buying a winter jacket or a coat. Think about the level of activities you go through every day, the challenges you face, and the kind of winter you experience.
Once you’ve figured the type and styles you want, all that’s left for you to do is know your measurements and rock that jacket! – We hope our article helps you and if it has, don’t forget to share it with your friends and family.
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