One would think that the usage of coats is unusual in a warm, tropical country like the Philippines. However, thanks to the adaptation and evolution of fashion, they are now designed to cater to fashion-forward people in warmer climates. A coat has long sleeves and is open down the front, meant to be closed by buttons, zippers, a belt, and other means. Traditionally, coats are meant to keep its wearer warm. However, they are also now made of lightweight, breathable fabrics that allow them to be worn as casual daywear. Although used interchangeable with the term “jacket”, a coat typically refers to a longer garment, going past the waist and ending about mid-thigh to knee-length.
There are many different types of coats, each one designed to cater to different preferences and activities. For those looking for a casual, stylish cover, choose among the plethora of leather, fleece, and denim. Leather jackets can come in a variety of cuts and styles, from form-fitting to loose. Its black, matte finish gives one a cool yet dangerous look. Some have studs, chains, and other metallic accents that offer an added edgy touch. Fleece coats are made of a lightweight, breathable material that provides some insulation. This type is often worn by runners who need to stay warm during early morning runs. Also known as the jean jacket, denim also comes in different cuts and designs, but its bluish color is versatile enough to be paired with a t-shirt and leggings. Avoid a denim-on-denim look by pairing it with either black or white pants. For those looking for an equally sophisticated cover to formal events, blazers or trench coats may be a better fit. Blazers are typically used for business affairs, meant to be paired with a blouse and slacks. Trench coats, which fall about mid-thigh to knee-length, make a good choice of outerwear for those attending parties and galas. Wear one over your dress to keep you warm, and to protect your outfit from the elements. Most trench coats are secured with buttons or a belt.