The only type of coat or jacket that’s going to keep you seriously warm when it’s freezing outside is going to be made of shearling or sheepskin. I know this from spending many hours on the touchline watching my son play rugby, or on the river bank watching the other son row… and if you think they don’t row in winter, think again.
So although when it’s cold and wet I prefer something padded and with a hood, when it’s simply freezing I always pick shearling. No cold gets through, provided you close it properly, of course. And the shorter the length the more exposure.
It can be hard to track down very good quality sheepskin, there’s a lot of faux about which looks good but won’t be as sumptuous, soft and warm. It is obviously much less expensive, but if you can, go for the real thing. It will last you a lifetime. I have had my trusty full length (on me) Icelandic sheepskin coat for about 20 years and will never need to buy another.
Many designers have a shearling coat in their collection at this time of year, but if you want a really good selection at not outrageous prices take a look first of all at Celtic & Co who specialise in sheepskin and shearling of all shapes and sizes including this season’s rich colours.
On to faux fur coats and jackets which are in almost every collection at a huge range of prices and qualities. Some of the less expensive brands have good quality faux this season – it’s such a big trend. My favourites are always leopard print, black, or brown faux fur, but if you want to be in with the fashion pack you’ll be looking for bright pink, yellow, navy blue and other colours and prints.
Faux fur coats and jackets are perfect for day or night and most will keep you very warm. They make great statements – luxurious, fun and chic depending on when you wear them and there’s never a wrong time other, I’ve found, when it’s raining. For obvious reasons…….