Frequently Asked Questions
Should a Winter Coat be Tight or Loose?
There seems to be some division on this subject, but the fact is that the answer is not so simple. The key to the best results with any winter coat is to find a comfortable balance between tightness and looseness. When you purchase a coat online, you’re often taking a gamble on the fit.
You need something slightly tighter and snugger around the neck and sleeves to ensure protection against wind chill. On the other hand, you need an interior that’s loose enough to leave room for layered winter clothing. Items that are too tight provide no scope for layers, and items that are too loose will negate the cold-beating effect.
Therefore, when you’re looking for big tall winter coats, pay attention to whether your item has adjustable features around the neck and cuffs. This will give you room to alter the fit should it be too loose or tight as a default. You can tailor the balance of tightness and looseness.
What is the Best Jacket for Extreme Cold?
Between an anorak, a raincoat, or a car coat; between denim jackets and parkas, there’s a world of difference. A customer would be forgiven for feeling a little lost when choosing a jacket for extreme cold. On the surface, parkas can seem like the obvious choice thanks to their durable outer shell, thick and well-insulated build, and abundance of pockets and personal storage space. They appear to be the dream ticket where winter coats are concerned.
There’s another factor to consider, however. A parka would suit most people well, whatever their location, but the main drawback is that it won’t always allow easy movement. If you’re someone who works outdoors in the winter, then you need jackets that will afford you comfortable arm and shoulder movement, as well as insulating properties.
Ring-spun washed duck is a great fabric for this, especially with extra interior lining for added comfort. It will help free up your upper body for work without being intrusive. You can find this on many jackets, especially military jackets and bomber jackets.
Should You Buy a Winter Coat a Size Bigger?
When you’re a big tall buyer, size is often a gamble when purchasing a coat online. The variety of brands on the menu makes it tough, but if you look on the site you’re browsing, you’ll likely find a handy guide.
Our advice at XL Living is not to gamble on orders where there is no size reference to use before you checkout. Read customer reviews, and you’ll typically find detailed feedback on sizes, especially with big tall buyers.
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