What to look for in a coat?
Usually people opt for the safe darker colours when investing in a winter coat as it's an item you'll be wearing a lot of the time. It's completely down to personal preference, if you think you can get away with a bold and bright colour to liven up a dreary day then go for it. But if you'd prefer a slightly more classic look, go for a darker colour and brighten it up with a colourful scarf and hat.
Never buy a coat that's skintight, you need room to breathe and you also need lots of room to layer up during those colder months. It's a good idea to go a size larger as long as long as it doesn't look too large for you, extra room for layers is essential. But remember it should also look good without the extra layers.
It's worthwhile to spend a bit of money on a decent coat as it should be a timeless piece that will last you for years. It's easy to get caught up in the current throwaway fashion trends but investing more money will be more economical in the long-run, and a lot more stylish.
Your coat should compliment your workwear and your every day wear, so make sure you pick something that's versatile, comfy, functional and practical. Barbour jackets are a good option for a classic but practical coat, they have a huge collection of heritage styles that are quintessentially British, and their range also includes their popular wax jackets that last years and keep you very snug.
The key to style is to spend more on essential pieces people will notice - your coat is one of these pieces as it's something you'll be wearing often - and spend less on the items people won't notice - plain t-shirts, socks and plain jumpers. It might be worthwhile investing in a couple of coats; you'll need a coat for warmth, especially if you live in a climate where coats are a necessity, and you'll also need a waterproof coat to protect you from the rain. If you can afford to, avoid imitation fabrics as they won't keep as you protected from the cold and wet as the proper materials that are designed to do so. This is where you get what you pay for, and it's beneficial to your own health to spend a bit more and keep yourself properly protected throughout winter. There are cheaper options out there, which will keep you warm throughout winter, but the chances of them lasting as long as a functional and more expensive coat are slim. If you want a coat to last just one season then opt for a less expensive one but if you want a classic coat to keep you warm then opt for an expensive one and it should last you a good few seasons.