Picking a coat isn’t limited to the design and color. You can settle on a stylish coat which you may to cover with a poncho because the temperatures got too cold. However, there are really trendy coats that are remarkably warm, all because of the material.
For starters, the design will determine the material used to make the coat. For example, rarely will you find a down coat which you can wear with a cocktail dress, but faux-fleece will be perfect for that outfit.
Types of fabric
However, if your principle goal is warmth overlooks, then this article will outline the common materials used to make warm coats, and which is better.
Natural fabric includes wool, natural woolen fleece as well as down.
Wool, and to an extent the woolen fleece are the most popular. Wool keeps everything warm, that’s why a majority of warm clothing tend to be woolen. Depending on the fiber pattern, woolen coats are some of the best warm garments you can lay your hands on. Woolen fleece tends to rival wool, with the soft, velvety feel they give the skin. The fleece also traps body heat quite effectively, making it quite warm. However, it’s not immune to moisture, and will not stay warm once damp.
Cotton comes a close third, though it isn’t preferred since it’s not effective in trapping body heat as well as wool.
- Bulky down
Down is by far the warmest type of coat you can lay your hands on. Down coats basically are fabrics stuffed with down feathers, giving the snuggly warmth birds get. However, owing to the volume required to keep a person warm, lots and lots of feathers are needed. Thus, unless you don’t mind the “Michelin Man” look, you best go with woolen.
There is also the option of synthetic fleece, made from recycled plastic bottles. The synthetic fleece works exactly like woolen fleece but is much cheaper, and has a greater color capacity. There are other synthetic fibers like nylon.
Synthetic fiber also handles wetness better, as it doesn’t lock inside individual strands. This doesn’t mean that they don’t get wet – they do. However, they dry much faster, and don’t allow most of the moisture to seep inside. Thus they make perfect fabrics for outer layers.
The style will definitely determine how warm you stay. For example, most windbreakers are made of impermeable outer nylon fabric with down, or woolen inner lining. Also, while warm, a trench coat isn’t the best coat to frolic in the snowy countryside, since it doesn’t store heat as effectively as a down coat. Similarly, you wouldn’t wear expedition-type of down coats on your way to the grocery store, unless you don’t mind sweating throughout the entire journey.
While not too expensive, coats made of natural fabric tend to be more costly than synthetic material. This is because of the universal availability of synthetic material as compared to natural fabric. However, the style will also matter. For example, woolen trench coats will cost more than regular woolen coats.
This, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t have at least a coat for every occasion.