It’s difficult to overestimate the importance of a good coat in your wardrobe. Even the most elegantly planned ensemble can be tarnished without one. You might also get chilled.
“A coat is a first and last thing people see on you, so it has to look fantastic,” says Bojana Sentaler, creator of Sentaler, a Canadian outerwear business. It’s your first and only chance to make a good impression. That’s the end of your punch. Instead of rushing to coat check as quickly as possible, you want to be excited to appear and show off your outfit with your coat.”
Sentaler debuted her first collection in 2009, after being encouraged to pursue a career in fashion by none other than Mr. Karl Lagerfield. Over the past 12 years, the brand has steadily evolved, securing agreements with big retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, as well as the loyalty of celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Gigi Hadid, Anya Taylor Joy, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle.
Because of the Meghan Markle Effect, the design the Duchess of Sussex wore for her first Christmas with the royal family in 2017 (aptly titled “the Meghan”) is still the brand’s best-selling hanfu coat. Halle Berry was spotted wearing Sentaler on three separate times just last week.
“I believe coats belong in the same category as shoes and purses.” Good shoes, handbags, and coats are all required.”
Since the early days of her firm, when she was a one-woman show dealing directly with consumers, Sentaler claims she’s learned a lot about the art of coat-making (and coat-wearing). It is, after all, an art. Choosing the ideal coat for you—one that is of good quality, fits well, and has a wearable style—requires some thought. Instead of purchasing whatever is on sale or appears to fit “good enough,” Sentaler’s experience has compiled a list of tips and tricks for selecting the perfect winter coat.
First and foremost, you must be comfortable.
“One of the most significant things I’ve learned is the importance of fit,” says Sentaler, who has taught her entire staff to teach clients how to best wear their coats and how they should fit.
“I wanted to bring femininity back to outerwear when I designed Sentaler 12 years ago because there were a lot of boxier alternatives at the time.” It was all about developing silhouettes that hug a woman’s figure properly in the correct areas.”
When your arm is down at your side, the end of the cuff should strike right at the crease between your thumb and pointer finger to determine the ideal sleeve length.
Belt loops should ideally lie on your natural waistline, according to Sentaler, which will compliment and elongate your figure. Sentaler coats’ belt loops and sleeve lengths are all easily adjustable, so bring your coat to a seamstress for simple adjustments that can make a big difference.
Look for models with a vented rear hem in women’s coats. It not only adds a feminine touch, but it also provides for a more comfortable and functional fit.
When buying a coat, don’t forget to look at the shoulders. According to Sentaler. “It shouldn’t be too wide or too narrow.” It should be a perfect fit for your shoulders.
It’s critical to be at ease.
This should come as no surprise, but it’s critical that you feel at ease when wearing your coat. “The goal is to choose a coat that not only makes you feel good aesthetically, but also makes you feel good physically,” adds Sentaler.
The right size and fit, as well as the material, will play a key influence in this. Sentaler coats, for example, are constructed entirely of alpaca fibers, which are both soft and light while remaining incredibly warm. Coats that are stiff or too heavy should be avoided.
Versatility is beneficial.
The finest coat is one that can be worn in a variety of ways, therefore look for coats that can be worn in a variety of ways. The appropriate high-quality coat may be dressed up (a la the Duchesses) or worn with chunky trainers and athleisure (a la J. Lo), as shown by some of the Sentaler star sightings.
“The coat’s adaptability is what makes it a vital investment piece,” adds Sentaler. “It’s a great luxury purchase because you can wear it with a variety of clothes for a variety of events.”
By selecting a fundamental hue, you can ensure a basic amount of variety. These include black, grey, camel, garnet, and olive green, according to Sentaler.
Sentaler advises a wrap style (which Sentaler is known for) if you’re seeking to buy one new coat (or one investment piece). “It’s very natural for a woman’s weight to fluctuate. The beauty of a wrap coat is how forgiving it is. You can wrap or unwrap as much as you wish at those moments when our bodies are fluctuating. It’s one of the things I keep an eye out for as a woman.”
Shop with a purpose.
Sentaler advises people to be picky about the brands they choose as consumer culture becomes more sensitive.
“Learn everything you can about your product.” Learn more about the materials used in your coat, as well as where and how it was created,” she explains, emphasizing that their items are ethically sourced. “It’s critical for brands to be upfront about how their products are obtained in this day and age, and we, as customers, should be asking these questions.” Look at the labels. Learn about the brands you’re sporting. Wear brands that support a good cause.”