Anyone who has tried to choose and buy a man’s jacket for this time of year, will know that this can be a more difficult task than you might imagine. There is actually a wide variety of choice when it comes to men’s jackets, variety that should make things easier but often actually makes things a lot more stressful. In order to help you though, we have outlined below some of the key considerations you should make when trying to find the perfect jacket for wintertime.
Why Do You Need It?
Consider first where you or the man you are buying the jacket for will be wearing it. Rather than just looking for the best jacket for dealing with just one situation it is better to look at all the situations the jacket is likely to be worn in. For example, is it going to be an all-purpose piece of clothing that will be worn at all times outside the home, in casual environments as well as work-sites? If it is, the best jacket for these circumstances would be one that is smart and rugged. When the jacket is going to be worn for extreme sports, freedom of movement and airflow would also need to be considered.
Following on nicely from the above, it is worth discussing the fact that there are a wide variety of jackets available that can be adapted to be suit various conditions. Some jackets have quilted linings or removable thermals, which means a lighter jacket can be transformed into a warmer and snugger coat. There are other jackets that have either removable sleeves or hoods and sometimes both enabling the wearer to have different levels of comfort depending on the temperature and weather conditions.
Though it may seem obvious that you should consider the climate where the jacket will be worn, it is not completely straight forward. For example, a winter jacket that is warm enough for sub-Arctic temperatures in Alaska and many parts of Canada would be far too padded and warm for Mediterranean countries in Europe and the states in the south of America where there are much milder winters.
As it would be better to have a winter jacket that sees you through not just one winter but, many years, you should see buying one as an investment rather than just a normal purchase. Therefore, it makes sense to pay a little more to ensure you get a quality jacket. With this in mind it would be wise to bypass modern and current fashion trends by getting a jacket that may not be as stylish but that will look good and fulfil the role it was designed for.
If you still find that you are unsure what you want, it may be worth perusing some magazines or browse websites to get an idea of the type of styles you like before deciding. Now that you have a basic understanding of what you should be looking out for in a winter jacket, actually finding one suitable for your needs should be a lot easier.