Dressing for winter is all about being prepared, and here in the UK we’re all too aware that means being prepared for icy winds, almost constant drizzle and a good few downpours! As a parent, I’m sure you’ll agree that wrapping your little ones up warm is top of the list of priorities when it comes to being winter-ready, so we’ve put together some handy tips to help you choose a boy’s coat to keep him toasty well into the new year.
- 1. Hoods are a must
No boy wants soaking wet hair and rain dripping down his collar, and since umbrellas aren’t fun – or cool! – a hood is essential. Plenty of coats have removable hoods, so he can take it off when it’s not needed, but it’s important to have the option.
- 2. Think fasteners
If you’re buying a coat for a young boy, you might want to go for a zip or even Velcro in place of fiddly buttons – he’ll enjoy the independence that being able to take his coat on and off himself will bring.
- 3. Go for pockets
Not only will having pockets allow him to keep his hands warm, they’ll provide you with some interesting wash days when you empty out all the ‘treasures’ he’s gathered. It may be just a dirty old stone to you…
- 4. A note on lining
A coat with a good cosy lining will give kids another layer of protection from the cold, but if you’re looking for a waterproof layer that’s easy to wash and dry fast, an unlined coat is perfect for layering over warm jumpers.
- 5. Materials and care
Boys are prone to getting dirty, so avoid having to constantly visit the dry cleaners by checking the coat you’re considering is machine washable. Nylon and cotton are good choices as they will keep him warm yet they are both breathable fabrics. You may want to steer clear of leather; although it’s tough and durable, it can be restrictive and very heavy to wear which is no good for boys who want to feel free to run around.