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Mens Cotton Shirts -How To Wear And Styles.

The cotton shirt is one of the most basic items for any man’s wardrobe, regardless of age.

Whether you are a young corporate worker, a seasoned career professional, a student or you are retired, you should have at least 2 or 3 good quality cotton shirts in your cupboard.

Here at Coat Corner, in addition to our wide range of jackets and coats, we also stock top quality cotton shirts at very reasonable prices.

Let’s take a look at all the ways you can wear your cotton shirt and how to style it in a trendy way…

Business smart look.

No smart business outfit is complete without an understated cotton shirt. Your cotton shirt is usually worn with a suit and is accessorized with a tie.

Many men do not wear a jacket when going into the office and opt for a pair of suit trousers, a well-fitting cotton shirt, a tie and some smart shoes.

In the corporate environment, you can usually get away with much less in terms of style but if you want to give your office outfit that added pop, you could opt for a shirt in a pastel color or a pinstriped one.

Smart casual look.

Smart casual outfits always look well put together with a flattering cotton shirt. To create your own, unique smart casual look, wear your cotton shirt with a pair of neutral-colored chinos or your favorite jeans.

Casual.

Many men don’t realize it, but your cotton shirt can be worn over the weekend or at a party for a relaxed and casual look. Wear it unbuttoned over a graphic tee and you are ready for anything!

Choosing the colour of your cotton shirt.

The colour of your cotton shirt is very important. If you can only afford 2 or 3 cotton shirts, it is best to select neutral and understated colours.

At the very least, you should have one in white as this can be worn if you need to look smart or attend a formal even, such as a wedding. Shirts in pastel shades or light pin-striped cotton shirts are also a good idea as these work well in many different settings.

If you enjoy having your own, unique fashion style, opt for a shirt in a brighter colour to make your outfit pop.

Selecting the right size cotton shirt.

The size of your shirt is very important. It should be neither too baggy (looks untidy) or too tight to make you look strained and unnatural.

If you are unsure of your size, feel free to pop into one of Coat Corner’s stores and one of our sales associates would be happy to measure you up.

If possible, try and fit on your shirt before buying it. It should be snug fitting around the shoulder and arm area but still allow you plenty of room to move your arms around. The collar should not feel as if it is strangling you and it should not be too long.

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How To Size, Fit And Wear An All-Weather Coat Or Jacket

Did you know that an all-weather jacket is considered to be a wardrobe staple for anyone?

Here at Overcoat Importer, we stock a wide range of stylish and trendy all-weather coats for the whole family at great prices.

So, how do you go about sizing, fitting and wearing your all-weather jacket? Let’s take a look!

Sizing your all-weather jacket.

When shopping at Overcoat Importer, you will notice that our all-weather jackets come in many sizes. Even though you probably already know your size, we recommend trying on the jackets that you like so that you can be sure that they fit you well.

Different brands have various ways of sizing their clothes, and what is a size small for one brand, might be a medium or large for another brand.

Of course, our helpful and friendly store associates are always happy to assist you, so just chat to one of them if you need help.

An important thing to remember with all-weather jackets is that they can be worn year-round. This means that your jacket should be able to accommodate you wearing a thick jersey or sweater underneath in the winter, and a thin shirt during the summer. It should therefore not be too tight and should also not look too baggy as this can make you look drowned out.

You may want to bring a jersey with you when shopping so that you can find the right fit for winter wear as well. Then, take the jersey off and try the coat on again and ensure that it doesn’t look too baggy.

If you are shopping for an all-weather jacket for your kids, err on the side of a larger size so that your child can grow into the coat and can use it for more than one season.

Fitting your all-weather jacket.

All-weather jackets can come with or without hoods and can be either long or short. Think about what you want out of your all-weather coat before going shopping.

If you think that you will often be caught in the rain for a long period, a longer jacket will be better as it will keep your lower body dry as well. A shorter jacket is perfect for being exposed to short bursts of rain and will serve you well in winter, as well.

Wearing and styling your all-weather coat.

Your all-weather jacket is a stylish accessory as well! In the winter, you can style it beautifully with a matching beanie, scarf and gloves for a cosy winter look. In the summer, it will look great when styled with a pair of jeans and sneakers.

Remember to choose the colour of your all-weather jacket carefully. If you are not sure on the colour, neutral colours (like black, navy blue, brown and tan) are great as they can be mixed and match with items you already have in your wardrobe.

So, are you ready to ditch that annoying umbrella and choose your versatile all-weather coat? Visit us at Overcoats in Benoni or Coat Corner in Kempton Park or Springs.

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How To Best Store Your Winter Coats And Jackets During Summer

With summer here now, you have no doubt already planned on packing all those winter woolies away and hauling out your more lightweight summer clothes.

When it comes to storing your heavy jackets and coats during the summer, this should be done in a very specific way so that you don’t inadvertently damage them and that they will be ready to be used when the colder months roll around.

Here are the best ways to store your winter jackets over the summer months…

Make sure that your coats and jackets are clean and stain-free before packing them away.

Before you store your winter coats and jackets away, you should always make sure that they are clean and stain-free. Even if they don’t have any visible stains or dirt, they have probably accumulated dust and micro particles of dirt over the past few months. In addition, they have been exposed to perfumes, sweat and body sprays which can damage the fabric if left uncleaned for a long period of time.

Check the label on your jackets to find the best way to clean them. Some jackets can be easily washed in your washing machine on a cold wash and then left to dry naturally. Other coats need to be dry cleaned as a washing machine could damage them.

Once you have had your jackets washed or dry cleaned, you will be able to pack them away safely.

Plastic bin storage.

Storing your winter jackets in a plastic bin is the most popular method. You can buy a few plastic storage bins from your local supermarket or a plastic shop and they are not that expensive at all.

Many plastic storage bins are airtight, which is even better as this helps prevent moths and other insects from entering the bin.

When packing your jackets into the plastic bin, be sure to fold them neatly and carefully. If you are packing away more than 1 jacket, don’t pack them too tightly and allow enough room for the air to circulate.

Moth balls are not a good idea as although they can prevent insects from entering, they will leave your jackets with an unpleasant smell when you unpack them next winter. We recommend using cedar wood chips as a great alternative.

These are just as effective as moth balls and won’t leave behind an unpleasant smell.

Some people like to use lavender sachets to repel moths and insects. This is a wonderful idea as it will help to keep your jackets smelling fresh and clean.

Vacuum bag storage.

One of the newer storage methods is vacuum storage. You can buy a vacuum bag storage system from most of the larger supermarkets, hardware stores or shops.

All you need to do is carefully place your clothing into the bag (being careful not to overpack it) and then use the vacuum pump provided to create a sealed bag.

A great advantage of this method is that it makes your jackets more compact, taking up less space in your cupboard.

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Blazers and jackets for summer

Did you know that cotton blazers and jackets are all the rage this summer season?

This should come as no surprise because blazers are incredibly versatile and can be worn in a number of fashionable and elegant ways.

Here at Coat Corner, we stock an extensive range of branded and high-quality cotton blazers and jackets at excellent prices. Since cotton blazers are considered to be a staple in your summer wardrobe this season, why not take a look at our selection?

Styling your cotton blazer.

As mentioned, blazers are wonderfully versatile and come in a wide range of styles and colors. We recommend picking one that you personally love and then incorporating it into your current wardrobe.

A good cotton blazer can help you to easily dress up any outfit. For example, if you want to wear your favourite pair of skinny jeans but the dress code is smart-casual, simply thrown on a blazer for a dressed-up look!

Blazers are also great for office wear and can be worn with trousers and skirts for a smart and well put together look.

If you are heading out for a fun night out with friends, you could wear your cotton blazer with a pair of ripped and deconstructed jeans for a wonderfully contrasting look.

Light jackets in your summer wardrobe.

Light cotton jackets are summer wardrobe essentials. Many of us work in air-conditioned offices where the temperature can be quite low, even in the summer. Of course, if you want to keep the chills away, it is not always suitable to wear a jersey in the summer and this is where your cotton jacket comes in. A cotton jacket provides the necessary warmth you need during the summer while not making you overheat like a jersey would.

In addition to keeping you at just the right temperature, a thin cotton jacket is very elegant and stylish, and it can be thrown over your shoulders, regardless of what you are wearing. It looks great with a dress, works wonders with a pair of jeans and is smart enough to wear to the office.

Cotton is the perfect fabric for summer.

As you probably know, cotton is the best fabric to wear during the summer. It is a breathable material that keeps you cool when temperatures are sizzling, but it will also provide an additional layer of light protection from breezes and slight chills in the air.

Cotton blazers and jackets come is such a wide variety that you will definitely find one that you love. Brightly-coloured cotton blazers and jackets can add some fun and excitement to an otherwise boring and dull outfit, while a neutral coloured blazer or jacket can blend in well with any outfit.

If you would like to own your own cotton blazer or jacket this summer, why not take a look at Coat Corner’s range? Our blazers and jackets are branded, and high quality and you would be amazed at the great prices we sell them at!

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What coats and jackets traders should sell in the warmer months?

Do you sell coats and jackets that you have bought from Coat Corner? If not, did you know that from as little as just under R2000, you could have your very own business selling coats and jackets in both winter and summer?   Many people have already been very successful with their coat and jacket businesses and if you would like to find out how you can have a new and exciting business, contact Coat Corner today!   Can I still sell coats and jackets during the summer months?   A very common question that we get here at Coat Corner is, “how can I have a business selling coats in the summer as well?”.   This is a good question and the answer is a resounding yes!   Of course, you will have to change your strategy a bit in the warmer months and you may want to consider selling thinner jackets and raincoats.   South Africa is mostly a summer rainfall area and selling raincoats are a great way to make money during the summer.   As you know, South Africa experiences a lot of summer rainfall. Much of this rain comes at unexpected times, making it difficult to plan for rain showers.   You can buy a bale of raincoats and then sell them onto your customers. You will need to inform them that raincoats are better than umbrellas for many reasons.   Firstly, umbrellas are very inconvenient to carry around with you and people often lose their umbrellas on taxis, buses, etc.   With raincoats, these can be compactly folded down and kept in your handbag or pocket so that you always have protection against the rain.   Even though it is summer, there is still a place for thinner and unlined jackets.   Many South Africans leave for work early in the mornings and walk to their local transport routes. Even in summer, it can still be quite chilly early in the mornings (and also at night).   This is where a thin or unlined jacket is ideal as it provides warmth against slight chills while not being too hot when worn.   Alternatively, your customers could buy raincoats which they can use for protection against the rain and as an extra layer when it gets chilly outside.       Preparation for the colder months.   Another strategy you could use in your coat selling business is helping your customers prepare for winter. You could offer them a small discount if they buy heavy winter coats and this is a great incentive for customers to buy clothing out of season.   Jackets for the whole family.   Encouraging your clients to buy jackets for their entire family is a great way to increase sales. Since every member of the family will be exposed to the rain, it makes sense to kit everyone out!   If you would like to find out more about starting your coat business, contact Coat Corner today! Alternatively, you could visit us at one of our stores and buy your first bale immediately. Our friendly sales associates would be delighted to help you!
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What are all weather jackets and coats?

Do you need a jacket or coat that is a good all-rounder? One that can serve you well and keep you warm during winter, as well as one that you can also use in the summer? If so, then an all-weather jacket and coat could be just what you need!   Here at the Overcoats Importer, we stock a wide range of high-quality all-weather jackets and coats that have been imported from Europe. We buy in massive quantities and pay low prices for each coat and we naturally pass this saving onto you, our valued customer! This means that you can have a branded, excellent quality coat for an amazing price.   So, what exactly are all weather jackets and coats and how can they help you?   Well, firstly, as the name suggests, an all-weather coat can be used all year long. It is not too thick so it will help you to keep the chills at bay during the warmer months.   Many all-weather jackets are also waterproof. Because South Africa is mostly a summer rainfall area, this is very convenient because no one enjoys getting caught out in a rainstorm!   When used during the winter, your all-weather coat can be worn on top of your usual winter clothing to give that much-needed warmth. Because an all-weather coat is not too thick, you will not get too hot and you can remove layers as you see fit. For example, an all-weather coat is great in the cold when worn with a nice, thick, jersey and a hat and scarf. If you get too warm, you can remove the coat but it will keep you very warm, even on the coldest of nights.   Remember to think about the size when buying your all-weather coat: you don’t want one that is too small or one that fits snugly. Make sure that your all-weather jacket gives you plenty of room to wear thick jerseys and sweatshirts underneath if you want to.   When summer comes around, you can use your all-weather jacket as a raincoat whenever there is an unexpected rainstorm. Most all-weather jackets come with hoods so you can protect your head as well. Since they are lightweight, thin and unlined, you will not feel hot when you have it on.   Another excellent use for your all-weather jacket is to use it in the early mornings and in the evenings if you have to walk to and from your transport. It can often get quite chilly (even in summer) and your all-weather jacket will serve you well.   When you take off your all-weather jacket, simply fold it up neatly and place it in your bag! It is a great thing to carry around with you just in case.   Are you looking for a high-quality all-weather jacket at a great price? Why not visit the Overcoat Importer in one of our spacious stores. We have an extensive range!