How to Tackle Practical Winter Dressing

How to Style a Down Coat

You know you’re officially a grown up when you start to get excited about ultra light down. No, it’s not particularly glamorous. There is nothing frivolous or fabulous about it. You wouldn’t wear it on a date, or hang it in your wardrobe with pride. But, my gosh, is it practical?!

I finally gave up my resolve and ordered one of Uniqlo’s ultra light down coats in December. I’d resisted for so long because it felt like admitting defeat. As you know, I hate the winter with an intense, unwavering passion, and I worried that by purchasing such practical outerwear I’d be indulging the season and somehow invite colder temperatures (or worse: snow).

Obviously that was a completely irrational way of thinking. So thank heavens I eventually reached the maturity levels where I can wear a down jacket with pride. Yes, I’m still counting down the days until spring arrives – but I’m happy to do so from inside my cosy, waterproof cocoon…

Uniqlo Ultra Light Down
Uniqlo Light Down Coat

I’M WEARING:
Uniqlo ultra light down coat | Next gloves c/o | J.Crew handbag
J Brand jeans | Tu ankle boots

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If also you’re thinking about joining the Down Coat Club, this winter, and need a few styling tips here’s my advice:

First of all, keep a streamlined silhouette by opting for a coat with contoured quilting around the waist (The North Face are great for this) or a belt.

Black is the easiest colour to incorporate into your wardrobe, and it will allow you to repeat-wear for years to come. But navy, bottle green, grey and burgundy are also smart choices.

A detachable, faux-fur hood will instantly make you feel more stylish. And it will also add some much-needed softness around the face if you opt for a dark coloured coat.

Have you also been wrapping up warm in a down coat, this winter? And what are your secrets for staying stylishly cosy? Leave a comment below to have your say…

Photos by Kylie Eyra

  • Haha, this post made me chuckle, but I know just what you mean Ella! Keeping warm is everything! Love the look of the Uniqlo coat, and of course you’ve still managed to make it look ultra stylish – those gloves are adorable xxx

    • cocos_tea_party

      Thanks Miranda. And I’m OBSESSED with these gloves. Pom poms are my weakness!

  • I am still to grow up, I think, because the very notion of being practical about any item of clothing just petrifies me… 🙂

    • cocos_tea_party

      Haha! I know the feeling!

  • Nic

    Hi, loving the look! Does the faux fur trim & belt come with the coat at Uniqlo or are these your own? Thanks!

    • cocos_tea_party

      They both came with the coat. It doesn’t appear to be online any more, but you might still be able to find it in stores.

      • Nic

        Ah, that makes sense because I couldn’t see it online when I followed the link. Thanks for responding – love your blog 🙂

        • cocos_tea_party

          I *think* they still have it online in white, but that’s not a very practical colour for a coat haha. Fingers crossed they bring the style back for Jan/Feb, as it’s still FREEZING! x

  • Great tips—I’ve always avoided these for the same reason but you make it look so stylish!

    Becky ⋮ a c c o o o h t r e m e n t s . w o r d p r e s s . c o m

    • cocos_tea_party

      Thanks Becky! Fingers crossed you can find a down coat that you’re happy with. They are SO delightfully warm.