"The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds. "
- Will Durant
Do you find yourself drawn to a particular winter jacket or coat that looks stylish and warm, only for it not to keep you warm as the weather turns frosty? That’s because no matter how stylish and snug a jacket or coat may look, what really keeps you warm is the type of material used. So what you need to do when buying yourself a winter coat is check the label to see what kind of materials were used to make the coat. If you’re not sure what type of fabric you should be looking for, this is the article for you. Read on to find out about the best and warmest fabrics that make the perfect winter coat.
When you think of warm fabrics and winter coats, I think wool is the first material that comes to mind. Raw wool is typically sourced from sheep and certain varieties are sourced from other animals like goats (cashmere and mohair), rabbits (angora), and muskoxen (qiviut). Lightweight and durable, wool creates natural insulation due to the air pockets present in it. In addition, it is also water-resistant thus also making it suitable for wet, cold, snowy weather. With several benefits and a perfect option for use as casual or formal winter wear, wool is considered by many as the best fabric for winter.
Everyone wants to own at least one cashmere sweater. Given the classy, luxurious feel it gives off why wouldn’t they want it? But what’s even better about it is that it’s one of the warmest materials, perfect for use as formal wear during winters. Soft, silky, breathable and incredibly warm, cashmere might be expensive but it’s a long-lasting investment that’s completely worth the price.
With a unique, frizzy look mohair is warm and cosy with natural fibre durability. Pure mohair comes from the fleece of Angora goats, it’s suitable for both men’s as well as women’s winter wardrobe and also can be blended with wool to keep comfortably warm and looking stylish all winter long.
Though it’s mostly considered a summer fabric, cotton is a multi-purpose, universal material that can be used during winters as well. Cotton which can absorb moisture is mostly popular for its thin, breezy feel but did you know it can be made thick to hold up against the elements of winter? Soft, breathable and yet very durable, cotton is a great alternative to consider for anyone who might be allergic to other fabrics like fleece or wool. However, the drawback with cotton is that because it absorbs moisture it’s not ideal to wear it on its own especially during harsh weather – instead pair it with a more water-resistant inner layer.
Made completely from synthetic materials, nylon is a very flexible and versatile fabric that’s not only durable, water-resistant and easy to clean and maintain, but also not prone to mould and mildew unlike other fabrics. Another factor that sets it apart from other choices for winter fabric is that nylon doesn’t stain when it comes in contact with our natural skin oils.
Faux fur is another synthetic option made from many materials including acrylic and modacrylic polymers and designed to imitate the appearance and warmth of real fur. It’s relatively cheaper and easier to maintain than real fur. Given the right kind of care, it’s a much more animal-friendly but equally warm alternative to fur that will also last for a long time.
Leather and Faux Leather
Owning a leather jacket not fulfils any edgy, cool fantasies you have but also keeps you warm. Durable and the type of textile to get better with age, leather forms to you and provides great protection against harsh weather. However, be aware that you need to maintain leather in a very specific way and if you do it’s likely to last you a lifetime. If you want a more animal-friendly option, you can choose faux leather, which doesn’t use any animal products but still imitates the feel and quality of real leather.
Another fabric that’s as stylish as functional, corduroy jackets and pants are not only fashionable but also soft, warm and comfortable to wear whether on a casual meetup with friends or a fashion runway. The unique texture and thickness of this fabric really makes it a must-have in your winter collection.
Sustainable, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly hemp is a great winter fabric choice particularly for anyone with sensitive skin, because hemp’s fibres are not only great insulators but also breathable and gentle on the skin. To add to its great qualities, hemp fabric also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that prevent odour. Overall, if you want a warm and comfy winter coat that will also help you reduce your carbon footprint, hemp is the fabric for you.
Much like wool, flannel coats are a must-have in your winter wardrobe. Comfortable, functional and durable, flannel which is made from carded wool or worsted yarn is an incredibly versatile type of fabric which can suit a formal or casual winter look, while the insulating air pockets keep you protected and warm from even the frostiest weather.
Light-weight, comfortable, warm and soft, fleece – much like wool – is synonymous with the winter time. Usually perfect for casual coats and jackets, fleece is rather inexpensive as well. However, it’s a water-resistant fabric so it might be best to opt out of wearing them in rainy weather or during heavy snow.
Now that you know the wide range of fabrics available to you when looking for winter wear, finding the perfect clothes to keep you warm shouldn’t be too much of a problem. But remember, since winter coats tend to be expensive make sure they last for a long time by giving them the best care by reading the washing instructions on the label. Another pro tip – pick a classic style in colours and styles that go with every outfit and never go out of fashion!