UPCYCLING: Winter Outerwear
Having the right winter outerwear shouldn't only keep you warm, but keep you looking wonderful.
A classic piece for your collection is the timeless peacoat. From donning sailors as early as the 1720s to models in last week's London Fashion Week, it's clear that this staple is here to stay. It's a simple look that with the right accessories can be made all your own.
Fit is of utmost importance for any coat. Here in Minnesota, layering is simply a way of life, so make sure that you can still wear a thick, cozy sweater under the coat. If I'm at a store trying on coats, I always grab the heaviest, most ridiculously thick sweater I can find for a test. Obviously, you don't want the coat be too tight, inviting the opportunity to send those nice oversized buttons flying off if you move in just the right way, but you want to avoid getting one too large as well, especially in the shoulders. You are wearing the adorable peacoat, the coat is not wearing you.
Traditionally, wool is the fabric of choice for the peacoat. Today, there are many wool blend options that look similarly, but 100% wool is most preferable for several reasons including warmth, water resistance, and resiliency.
This particular peacoat we are featuring is actually one that I've had for several years now. Because of the good fit, classic design, and staple color, I've been able to keep it a part of my winter wardrobe each year. I can easily swap out the accessories to change up the look, too.
To maintain a favorite wool coat, it's recommended to have it dry cleaned twice a year: once at the beginning of the season and again at the end. In the meantime, you can maintain a fresh look by periodically using a clothes brush, spot cleaning, and using wooden, padded, or cedar hangers.
Whether you're in the market for a new winter coat or thinking about upcycling one of your own, you can never go wrong with the peacoat.