Written By: Amanda White
We are in the midst of winter, and hopefully you already have a decent coat to keep warm. If you don’t, don’t worry, you still have plenty of time to get the coat you need to survive this winter. Down coats are by far the best type of coats to wear in harsh weather conditions. A down coat is a type of insulated coat. The coat is stuffed with a material called down, which is a material that comes from the feathers of ducks and geese. The stuffing gives the coat a puffy appearance and allows the coat to trap body heat so that you can stay warm. Long down coats come in a variety of lengths, ranging from mid-thigh to ankle-length. Short down coats only cover the upper body.
How to pick the right down coat for your body type
You can choose between a short down coat or long down coat depending on your needs and body type. You should wear a long down coat if it gets very cold where you live or if you need to be outside in very cold weather for a long period of time. You can stay warm with a short down coat if you live in a place with milder weather. Short down coats are also best worn by children and petite women.
If you are short and need a long down coat, it is best to choose a coat that extends to your mid-thigh or knees. A coat that is too big or too long will obviously look too big on you. If you’re very tall, then you can wear an ankle-length coat. If you’re a tall woman, you will also look great with a knee-length coat if you don’t want an ankle-length coat. If you are curvy, add a belt to your coat to flatter your figure.
Much of the research for this article has revolved around women’s fashion. If you are a man who needs a coat, don’t fret. There is available research for you too and some tips you can use to find the right coat.
Down coat options for men
If you’re a short man, it is best to avoid heavily stuffed down coats. Short down coats that are heavily stuffed can overemphasize your small stature and look excessively bulky on you. You should stick to wearing lightweight down coats that will accentuate your small figure. Short men should follow the same guidelines as short women and wear long down coats that extend to the mid-thigh. Anything longer than mid-thigh will look too big on you.
If you’re a tall man who wants to appear shorter, a knee-length coat will look best on you. A knee-length down coat will emphasize your height.
How to care for your down coat
Once you go out and buy your new coat, you will need to take proper care of it. The one bad thing about a down coat is that it is not waterproof. Down coats will develop an odor when wet and it can take a day or longer for these garments to dry. Moisture will damage down by causing the material to go flat and loose its ability to insulate.
This is not to say that you cannot wash your down coat. It is safer to wash a down coat than take the coat to the cleaners. The chemicals used at the cleaners can permanently damage the coat’s material. If you do need to wash your coat, you should do it no more than twice a year to prevent damage. You should turn the coat inside out and fasten all the zippers and buttons before washing it. It is safe to put the coat in the dryer and dry it as many times as necessary until the coat is completely dry and free of odor. To help the coat dry faster and prevent its material from clumping, place tennis balls and some other dry garments in the dryer with the coat.