Bundling up for colder weather is not just about finding any coat and throwing it on. Outerwear is just as important as underwear….err…”otherwear” when it comes to dressing. You don’t want to find a piece that fits and assume it will work for your child’s needs. There are various levels of warmth needed, based on the weather, and of course you want to make sure that your kids are wearing coats that go with the type of outfit they are wearing.
So what are some things to check for when creating your kids’ coat collections? You want at least one coat that is thinner, and one that is thicker, assuming you live somewhere where the weather varies, or if you have a lifestyle that involves being in multiple climates. You also want to make sure that your children have one option of coat that can be worn for dressier occasions, and one that works for more casual times.
For girls, a great option of the thinner coat variety is a trendy pea coat. They provide warmth on moderately cold days, and are fashionable enough that they won’t go out of style. Because of their length and design, pea coats work well with dresses. However, your girl can also wear a pea coat with some jeans or nice pants and a long sleeved shirt. If the outfit is too casual, a sweatshirt might be a better option, since a pea coat is generally for more dressy occasions. For those extra cold days, a quilted coat with a hood works well. John Lewis makes some really cute quilted coats. Your girl can wear those with more casual ensembles, like jeans or other looks that are not dressy.
Boys can also wear pea coats, but since they don’t wear dresses, a pea coat would work with dressy trousers and a nice button down. Again, a pea coat is not meant for casual wear. For that, your guy should have a padded or puffer coat. You can find ones with or without hoods, and your boy can sport one of those coats with just about anything. Check the selection at John Lewis and AlexandAlexa.
One final note on coats- since they are an outerwear piece, they don’t need to match the outfit. They are intended to be worn with multiple pieces, so it doesn’t matter what colour or print your kids choose. Make sure to get coats that your kids like, because sometimes, even in the cold, kids can be stubborn and refuse to wear a coat that they don’t think is “cool.”