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Warmest material for a coat?

Started 1347372599.29 in Fashion Talk | Last reply 1347462090.31 by penguin63
The faux fur thread got me thinking about warm coats. Some swear their faux fur is their warmest coat. I have one and it's true its warm and heavy. My down coat is my warmest coat. I prefer it as it lighter than the faux fur. I don't own a wool coat. I do have a wool scarf and it's my warmest scarf. So what do you think is warmest? Fur, faux fur, down, wool or any other material?

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Kathleen1347373362.28712980 PostsRegistered 8/7/2006East Side, West Side, All Around The Town ... London Bridge is Falling Down

Alpaca is extremely warm.

Cardamom1347374076.646791 PostsRegistered 6/24/2006
On 9/11/2012 Kathleen said:

Alpaca is extremely warm.

Interesting! I never thought of that. I looked on line and it looks so luxurious! I think I will go to Joanne's and get some alpaca yarn and make a new scarf. Thanks!

Kathleen1347374312.71712980 PostsRegistered 8/7/2006East Side, West Side, All Around The Town ... London Bridge is Falling Down
On 9/11/2012 IheartGoldens said:
On 9/11/2012 Kathleen said:

Alpaca is extremely warm.

Interesting! I never thought of that. I looked on line and it looks so luxurious! I think I will go to Joanne's and get some alpaca yarn and make a new scarf. Thanks!

I knit a cowl, gloves and a hat last year with Peruvian alpaca ... you can't imagine how warm it is - even on the coldest, windiest days in NYC.

The sweater I knitted with double strands of alpaca is warm enough to use as outerwear down into the 40s.

JJsMom1347374617.519893 PostsRegistered 10/25/2007

I live in an area with extremely harsh winters. The warmest coat IMO is down. Nothing comes close. When it's below zero with blistering winds, only my down coat keeps me warm.

robomo1347374838.2439416 PostsRegistered 3/15/2005

My favorite winter coat is boiled wool. It's light, but very warm.

Kitlynn1347374911.8072449 PostsRegistered 1/4/2008Colorado

Alpaca is the warmest thing there is!! Wool is also very very warm and it keeps wind out. I wear both here in CO in the Winter. I also have down coats but I think the Alpaca and wool are warmer.

You get one go round in this old world and you better make the most of it. It is not a dress rehearsal! Step out of your box and enjoy all that life has to offer!

StylishLady1347378531.543952 PostsRegistered 11/25/2009Florida

Back in the frigid central New York winters I preferred leather to stop the wind and a nice wool lining to keep me warm. When it's cold enough down here I may wear plain lined leather or a nice wool/cashmere wrap.

Cardamom1347378602.6536791 PostsRegistered 6/24/2006
On 9/11/2012 Kathleen said:
On 9/11/2012 IheartGoldens said:
On 9/11/2012 Kathleen said:

Alpaca is extremely warm.

Interesting! I never thought of that. I looked on line and it looks so luxurious! I think I will go to Joanne's and get some alpaca yarn and make a new scarf. Thanks!

I knit a cowl, gloves and a hat last year with Peruvian alpaca ... you can't imagine how warm it is - even on the coldest, windiest days in NYC.

The sweater I knitted with double strands of alpaca is warm enough to use as outerwear down into the 40s.

That sounds so fabulous! Unfortunately I am not skilled enough to make clothes or gloves. {#emotions_dlg.blush}. I can't wait to get started on this. I have never thought to use alpaca fur which is funny because I have a relative with many lamas. I will have to ask her what she does with their fur.

Cardamom1347378703.336791 PostsRegistered 6/24/2006
On 9/11/2012 JJsMom said:

I live in an area with extremely harsh winters. The warmest coat IMO is down. Nothing comes close. When it's below zero with blistering winds, only my down coat keeps me warm.


I think I have to agree. I have lived in CO and now on the east coast. I also love how lightweight it is. I also love how I can smash it down to fit it in a shopper if it gets too warm to wear it while I am out.

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Cardamom1347378813.3736791 PostsRegistered 6/24/2006
On 9/11/2012 StylishLady said:

Back in the frigid central New York winters I preferred leather to stop the wind and a nice wool lining to keep me warm. When it's cold enough down here I may wear plain lined leather or a nice wool/cashmere wrap.


Since you are north of me I will take your word for it that it is warm! That reminds me I do have a suede coat with shearling lining. Wind will not make it though but I feel a little stiff in in.

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pink dogwo­od1347379147.993136 PostsRegistered 7/11/2007

Honestly I thought I'd see some item numbers here like d&c A3122, fleece coat with removable hood.

I have this coat in three, no four colors! Once I bought my first one a few yrs ago, I had to have another, then 2 more! THis is the coat I live in thru the winter, minus the hood. I love a coat with a hood but this one just doesn't stay on the head becasue (1) it has a silky poly ester lining that slides down, and (2) no way to tighten it to keep it on your head but this doesn't matter to me.

THis coat is stylish, warm, cozy, throw it in the washer tday and wear it tomorrow! Nice length - I absolutely HATE winter coats that aren't long enough - for me that means just above the knee which is just where this hem hits me (I'm 5'4).

Of course, for the 30below winter days (ok - 20 above!) I do have a basso reversible that's a bit longer yet, faux suede one side, faux fur the other with a GREAT hood that is heavier than well, MUCH heavier than the d&c coat. This one feels like my fav blanket! And yes, I do have a full length mink that I inherited - gorgeous, fun to wear and THE WARMEST ever! Yes I'm a pet owner but have no prob wearing my mink!

Cardamom1347379566.4476791 PostsRegistered 6/24/2006

Pink Dogwood thanks for the item number!! I can't belive you posted that D&C coat! I tried it on at the outlet and it was only $20 but dh was in a hurry. It was about 104* and I did not get it. Now that it is cooler I am regretting it. {#emotions_dlg.sad}. It was so cute. It's that warm huh? I thought it was a lightweight coat. I love that I could throw it in the washer. Even at it's regular price it is quite reasonable. At least I know what size I am since I tried it on.

KatCat11347405074.90317046 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011

Cashmere or Merino Wool for coats or down filled.

Mustangshar1347409755.5937790 PostsRegistered 12/7/2006Chicago Burbs
Pink Dogwood, you are not alone on fur. After having pneumonia once in my life, I vowed I would never be cold again. I especially have a 22 mile commute to work and if I were stranded, I have got to be prepared. ........ Faux is also warm if you get a maxi length. Alpaca is also lovely.

Sharon :)
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Pixie Jo1347409899.173511 PostsRegistered 7/4/2009
On 9/11/2012 Kathleen said:

Alpaca is extremely warm.


Yes, and it's supposed to be warmer than wool. It's hard to find in a coat.

Pixie Jo

champagnep­oodle1347410478.7875575 PostsRegistered 9/26/2011

My Down North Face coat is by far the warmest!

Desertdi1347424981.115846 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

Wool is the warmest fabric......no more than 5% nylon or acrylic added for fabric strength.

smoochy1347425424.472516 PostsRegistered 10/8/2006pure Michigan!

my warmest coat is my Dennis Basso faux mink. Wind absolutely doesn't penetrate this coat. Here in southwest Michigan where it is windy every day in the winter, and the temps/wind chills are ridiculous, it is the coat from heaven.

DebbieDD1347460156.3938109 PostsRegistered 10/18/2004

Alpaca is wonderful but practically impossible to find in a coat. I too have a great scarf which I got as a gift and love it for warmth along with a great pashmina shawl. However, I think many say down because that too is super warm, especially since it is often filled into a waterproof material which does not allow the wind through, and that's a big factor. I have a great down coat which I wear during the nastiest weather but, of course, it is hardly a fashion statement. Love my cashmere coat for style and super warmth when the weather isn't wet or snowy.

songbird1347461400.311985 PostsRegistered 12/31/2004

Real fur is the warmest of all. Only because it's natural and the animal hide is attached. So you are insolated. Fake fur is OK, but I've frozen in some of them. It depends on how tightly it is woven. Typically the tighter the weave, the more expensive. And the more long lasting. Also the lining has to pretty thick. I've seen some pretty fake fur with a thin lining. Even better is fur lining inside the coat. I have one from Dennis Basso which is the warmest of the coats I have.

penguin631347462090.247537 PostsRegistered 3/6/2006

I don't like faux anything when it's cold outside here in Wisconsin. My favorite "go to" jackets when it's especially cold is 100% wool. Then down.

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