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How to Choose the Best Travel Coat: Classics vs Trends

FASHION, Sweaters & Jackets, Travel Clothing

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Traveling this winter? We help you choose the perfect travel coat so you can stop stressing about the rest of your travel wardrobe. Find out why!

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Outerwear Classics vs Trends

Written by: Niki Landry


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Before you start shopping for a new travel coat, it doesn’t matter how thick your coat is it’s what you wear with it!

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Silk Undershirts\xa0|\xa0Silk Thermal Pants

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Packing for Cold Weather

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Layering strategically allows you to pack less without sacrificing warmth. Learn how to layer.

Thermal underwear for women\xa0is actually one of the secrets to traveling carryon only in winter. In fact, choosing certain fabrics like merino wool\xa0is another pro travel strategy to packing light in the cold.

\xa0It’s important to note that bulky fabrics won’t necessarily make you feel warmer! You have to choose the right cold weather fabrics and layer your items strategically as explained below (and also check out the preparation video below too!).

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Watch this video to learn what to pack and prepare for winter travel!

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Read these tips on how to stay warm in cold weather\xa0without looking like a snowman!

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Columbia Carson Pass II Jacket sizes available from XS-2X

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Update Your Travel Coat

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While I love a classic overcoat for its timelessness and longevity, sometimes an updated cut or shape can give my wardrobe a boost.

I’ve found that when the weather at a destination requires some type of outerwear, it ends up being the item I wear the most. My jacket often covers up my well-planned travel outfits, and I tire quickly of wearing the same style over and over.

I’m frequently on the hunt for new outerwear that is easily incorporated into my existing travel wardrobe.

You can get more tips in the video below on the right clothing to blend with outwear, including the awesome Columbia Carson Pass II jacket which works well with winter fabrics.

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Watch this video to learn what fabrics and coats work well for winter!

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Below you’ll find five pairings of classic coats versus their trendier counterparts. An option for those still building their capsule wardrobe, and one for the travelers who have moved onto supplementing their existing outwear collection.

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Keep reading for tips on selecting and packing the perfect coat for your upcoming cold weather travel.

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Anne Klein Women’s Classic Double Breasted Coat sizes available from XS-XL

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Peacoat (Shearling)

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The trend for coats this season seems to be a play on proportions, taking classic shapes and shrinking, enlarging, or cropping the style for a fresh look.

The quintessential winter coat is the wool pea coat. It’s as classic as a coat can be, and when purchased in a solid neutral is something you can wear for a lifetime.

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Long Sleeve Lapel Shearling Oversized Coat\xa0sizes available from S-3XL

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In contrast is this shearling oversized coat. It still has the traditional look, but feels warmer and more feminine. Also, its zipper closure makes it easy to put on and take off.

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You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!\xa0

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Blanknyc Faux Leather Moto Jacket sizes available from XS-XXL

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Leather (Suede)

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Effortlessly cool, the leather (or faux) jacket is a travel wardrobe staple and one I have yet to purchase for myself.

I’m a thorough shopper when it comes to investment pieces so I’m holding out for the perfect cut, price, and color. In the meantime, though, these two styles would work well for the traveler looking to add a little edge to their wardrobe.

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Levi’s Faux Leather Asymmetrical Belted Motorcycle Jacket sizes available from XS-XL

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Black is the easy choice, but if you’ve worn out your black leather jacket through the years, consider a suede option. The soft texture combined with moto hardware and details makes for a great stylish alternative.

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London Fog Women’s Single Breasted Belted Trench with Hood\xa0sizes available from S-L and 1X-3X

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Trench (Pattern)

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A khaki or camel colored trench is one of the most versatile pieces you can own. It looks right at home layered over a dress or jeans and a tee. This coat instantly gives structure and polish to any outfit, and is a must for any capsule wardrobe.

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Blanknyc Snakeskin Faux Leather Trench Coat\xa0sizes available from XS-L

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If you decide to take your trench game to the next level look for one in a pattern or color to add interest to your outfit. I chose this snake print as the alternative to the classic double-breasted option below.

It can still work like a neutral and has the same versatility of the other coat with the added bonus of the stylish pattern.

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Stretch Cotton Twill Blazer\xa0sizes available from XS-XXL

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Blazer (Boyfriend)

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The fitted blazer is a good\xa0lightweight jacket when you need a little extra coverage or structure to your outfit. It can also be a simple option to dress up jeans during your travels.

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SheIn Long Sleeve Plaid Blazer Outerwear sizes available from XS-XL

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For a more causal and modern approach, opt for an oversized blazer instead. This looser fitting coat still has the folded collar, but usually is cut in a looser fit and open front, making it a stylish choice as an outerlayer.

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London Fog Women’s Diamond Quilted Down Coat\xa0sizes available from XS-XL

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Parka (Mixed Materials)

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When things get a little colder, quilted parkas are a popular choice for beating the chill. Not always the easiest to pack, \xa0if you are going on a winter or snow filled trip then it may be necessary.

Alternatively, you can also shop for compact and packable down jackets, too. Read these tips if you’re traveling to extreme cold weather.

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Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket\xa0sizes available from XXS-5X

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A long black parka is usually everyone’s favorite, but if you frequent cold areas you may want to consider investing in this two tone style. The color blocking and quilting looks more fashionable and less utilitarian than the alternative solid black coat.

Although this coat still has the functional properties needed to keep you dry and warm.

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For outdoor adventures, this packable Patagonia jacket is a travel favorite!

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Compass Rose Packing Cubes

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How to Pack Travel Coats for Winter

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Packing cubes can help organize all the layers you have in mind for winter travels. We designed our own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where you’ve packed everything. See more in the video below.\xa0

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Learn our packing hacks with packing cubes in this video!

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We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!

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What do you think are some great travel coats? Share and comment below!


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Author Bio: Niki is an interior designer and artist from Louisiana. In addition to her design work, she writes for local and online publications, sharing her experiences and passion for travel. Niki is currently adding stamps to her passport while building her design practice, Niki Landry Designs.

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4 Comments

  1. EkayEkay
    Ekay on April 25, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I love leather jackets, but as I live in the tropics, I don’t get to wear them much unless I’m travelling. How would you layer leather jackets when it rains in cold climate, yet still look chic and trendy?

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    • alexalex
      alex on May 1, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      Hi Ekay, I like to wear a hooded sweater underneath them or a sweater with blanket scarf 🙂

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  2. Rhonda WighamRhonda Wigham
    Rhonda Wigham on September 27, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Great advice on coats, I recently bought an ivory/cream faux leather biker jacket and love it despite turning 50 in a couple of months time. I also own 3 trench coats in black, coral/orange and neutral leopard print one as they are so versatile in addition to blazer, burgundy parka and black pea coat.
    What started off as preparing what to wear for an upcoming cruise has ended up being a complete overhaul of my wardrobe thanks to TFG.

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    • Travel Fashion GirlTravel Fashion Girl
      Travel Fashion Girl on October 6, 2016 at 5:40 am

      Leather jackets aren’t age restricted Rhonda! Wear what makes you comfortable and what you love! Glad you’ve found our advice to helpful in your travels! Sounds like a great trip! Enjoy it!

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