Don't think just because the cold weather is here that it's too late to get in some last-minute winter coat shopping. A new winter season might mean it's time to hang up your trusty coat that you've been wearing for years and find something that will keep you even warmer and cozier.
There are many things to think about when shopping for plus-size winter coats including style, size, fit, material, color and, most importantly, the coat's ability to keep you warm. To make the process of buying your next winter coat a little easier, we've come up with a few of the top winter coats on the market and included important information to help you make the right decision.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: wearing a long down coat is like being swaddled in a hyperthermal sleeping bag. You could be standing around in subzero temperatures and as long as you have a long down winter coat on, good winter snow boots, a hat, and gloves, you'll be golden. These things are designed to keep you warm for hours. A coat of this size and material can cost anywhere from $100–200, so it's definitely something to be thought of as an investment. A high-quality long down winter coat will last you for years. Although a coat like this is less about style and more about functionality, it might help to know that style icon Angelina Jolie is routinely seen wearing the long down winter coat, especially during the long winter days working on a film set. Although black might be the most classic color for a long down winter coat, you can also get it in gray (another timeless color for a winter coat), green (for when you're feeling festive), or purple (for the moments you want to remind yourself and everyone around you that spring will indeed return again someday).
This jacket is suitable for three seasons, especially if you live in a milder climate. If you live in a place like Southern California or a region that doesn't get harsh snowfalls, you can stretch out the wear of the jacket through the fall, winter and spring seasons. An insulated quilted barn jacket is quaint, rustic and classic and has just as much style as it does function. It will complement and complete your outfit rather than covering it up. It goes without saying that an insulated quilted barn jacket is more lightweight than a long down coat, but it still does the trick of keeping you warm on those unseasonably chilly spring or fall mornings or on a milder-than-normal winter day.
This is for the days when you know you're really going to be roughing it, whether that means picking up the kids from school and waiting in the blustery cold for a few too many minutes or going on a bona fide winter hike on the snowy trails of the nearest park. At $300, a women's winter parka is an investment like the long down coat–something that will serve you well for many years. It's the kind of coat designed with functionality in mind yet it manages to be stylish without effort.
Most down parkas typically come in black, but you may be able to find it in another dark, solid color. It's not exactly the kind of coat to be worn when you're feeling fashionable or expressive; it's what you wear when you mean business and you know you need something heavy-duty to brave the cold weather. Down parkas are designed to withstand temperatures that drop as low as -35 degrees Fahrenheit. The material is water-resistant, so no matter how much it snows on you, you're not going to stay wet. And don't forget the other attractive feature of the parka: pockets. You've got plenty with a down parka–enough room to store all the essentials, including those items you'd typically cram into your purse
Like many winter coats, the long stadium coat is stylish in black. This coat is made of luxury and practicality all in one. The neon shell prevents the harsh elements, whether rain or snow, from ruining your outfit and leaving you cold and wet. The lining is quilted, so it will keep you toasty and warm even on those snowy days. Priced under $150, it's a bargain coat, but one that is high quality and will last for years.
Now that you know all of your options, choosing a plus-size winter coat for the cold season will be a breeze.