Nine ways to jazz up your winter coatNovember 7, 2017
Let’s be honest: getting dressed in the winter time is a total drag. We end up draping outerwear over our most stylish outfits just so we can dare to bare the outdoor chill. As a result, it’s easy to get bored of wearing the same old coat or jacket every day. Rather than succumb to the winter blues, we suggest adding a little bit of personalisation to your cold weather wardrobe. Behold: ten ways to jazz up your winter coat.
1. Sparkling brooches.
This is by far the simplest way to add a unique flair to your outerwear. Express your personality with quirky shapes in burnished metallics or bright colours. We love trawling through antique shops and car boot sales for the most fabulous finds.
2. Cropped hems.
Easily transform a coat by altering and adjusting hems. If you’re handy with a needle and thread, this could be a fun DIY project. If not, let our expert seamstresses at Alexia Alterations do the job for you. A frayed effect at the hem adds a tough-luxe edge.
Whether it’s your initials, your favourite quote or a cool pattern, embroidered details can breathe new life into your winter coat. Use chalk first to sketch out the design before you put needle to thread. Alternatively, bring your coat in to our atelier and our seamstresses will work their magic!
4. Funky patches.
Like brooches, patches are a fun way to express your personal style (not to mention totally en vogue thanks to the Nineties resurgence!) There are tonnes of different iron-on patches out there, from whimsical rainbows and unicorns to irreverent slogans.
5. Unique buttons.
If your jacket came with a set of unremarkable buttons, why not replace them with jazzier ones in a funky shape and colour, or go for jewelled buttons to add a bit of sparkle to the look.
6. Bright lining.
Replacing the lining of your jacket with a bright colour or a distinctive pattern will add drama to your ensemble. Slippery and strong fabrics like silk make the best linings and will hold up well over time. We have a whole selection of linings in-shop at Alexia Alterations, or you can design your own and we’ll sew it in for you.
7. Faux fur collar.
Give your coat a glamorous update by adding a patch of faux fur to the collar. A bright jewel tone makes a bold statement, while a neutral shade or animal print is classic. Save some faux fur for your sleeve cuffs to create a coordinated look.
8. Statement belt.
Cinch a belt around your coat to add style and definition to your waist. Choose a wide statement belt, a chic skinny one or a silky ribbon in a cheerful pattern.
Enliven a plain black or navy jacket with glittering sequins or colourful pom poms on the cuffs, collar or hemline. We have plenty of eye-catching embellishments to choose from at our atelier, and we’re happy to help with designs.
For inspiration, why not bring your coat or jacket in to us at Alexia Alterations, and we can brainstorm ideas on how to personalise it to suit your style. Just because the temperature drops during winter, that doesn’t mean fashion has to freeze over. With a little bit of customisation, your outerwear will be able to brighten up even the bleakest winter’s day.