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There are probably some people better suited to true cold-weather but I can give some brief thoughts:All knowing styleforum,
Soon I will be moving to a much colder city, which means I'll need to buy a few winter garments.
My main concern is that whatever I buy needs to last me for a while, but I have a few doubts
Between a 100% wool coat, an 80%-20% wool-polyester blend coat and a Down jacket, which one will last the longest on average? Considering similar care conditions
Is it true that a having a polyester blend with the wool, will help reduce pilling and make it last longer? Are there any drawbacks with having 20% polyester in your wool coat vs 100% wool?
How big does my coat rotation need to be to maximize its longevity 4,5,6 or more?
BTW it almost doesn’t rain during the winter where I am going, it barely snows and my daily work outfit is fairly casual, shit and slacks or chinos
And sorry for the long post!
Nah it’s just wrong.You're entitled to your opinion, but need is too strong a word.
I have similar loafers but black!
yes, those are some great remarks! I already have a wool overcoat, which is tailored to fit me with a suit underneath, that I got a couple of years ago but which I only need to wear when I travel to colder places (I guess that covers my formal occasions). I've been thinking on getting 2 additional coats, which could be a combination of either:There are probably some people better suited to true cold-weather but I can give some brief thoughts:
As you say your wardrobe is fairly casual, I would definite suggest picking up some kind of down jacket with a hood (hood is good for any rain, but also keeps the whole noggin warm when it's blustery out!) as a starter. You'll need to be careful on wool coats as most are cut to be worn with a suit/sportcoat underneath so make sure you size it appropriately for how you'll wear it--also it may cause issues in the event you do need to dress up and your only coats are fitted/slim/not designed to handle that tailored clothing underneath. For the price you'd likely be paying I would not spend money on a 'wool' coat which is actually 20% polyester; get the good stuff unless the other one is an amazing price and fulfills some need you can't get elsewhere.
Also pay attention to jacket length--if you'll be outside for good amounts of time you'll greatly appreciate some extra length on your coats to keep you warm.
I would recommend at least 2-3 to start out and then you can probably add one or two more once you figure out what you need. I'd also recommend if you start with a small wardrobe make sure to keep colors fairly muted if you're worried about people recognizing it i.e. people will know your bright red jacket and how frequently you wear it, but if you have 2 mainly black ones people likely won't notice as much (or just wear whatever you'd like!).
Both will last indefinitely if cared for. Biggest risk factor for wool is moths, and for down clothing is poor washing that clumps the down and reduces effectiveness.
Avoid both of those, and you’ll get as much use out of the garment as the care you put into it. Oh, with one other caveat - poor quality wool will pill and otherwise degrade in a way that a synthetic-outer down jacket will not.
A clothes brush, such as those made by Kent. It's all you need for all your tailored clothing. It will do a far superior job, used regularly, than any modern lint remover. Spot clean wool, as necessary, using nothing but water. If that doesn't work, then you may well then consider dry cleaning. Don't ever dry clean clothes with water-soluble stains, it doesn't remove them, as dry cleaning solvents are geared to remove biological stains containing fats and oils.Thanks for the comment! regarding care, do you know how many times per year should you wash a wool or down jacket, once, twice or more?
Besides, most wool coat fabrics have flannel-like finishes (aka melton wool) and I was wondering if I should use a lint remover like the ones used for suits or if that damages the outer fibers? or what should I use to remove dust and avoid the trip to the dry cleaner?
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