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Wool Jackets

Updated on March 14, 2011

Wool Jackets = Style + Warmth

Wool jackets are not a new and trendy item. Wool jackets have existed for decades, and because of their ability to change with the styles, and their superior functionality in keeping millions of people warm every winter, should earn the title as "best jacket ever"! No matter how cold the winds blow during the winter, wool jackets are the timeless piece of outerwear that will retain the heat and deflect the cold without fail, winter after winter.

Whether you are in the market for a new wool jacket or just looking to do a little learning, keep reading to find out what makes a great wool jacket, and how to strike the perfect balance betweent fashion and functionality when choosing a wool jacket for yourself.

Stylish Wool PeaCoat by Kenneth Cole
Stylish Wool PeaCoat by Kenneth Cole


Wool, in basic terms, is a very dense and warm form of sheep "hair" called fleece. Wool is easily converted into wearable fibers, and remains as a very popular choice of textile to use in coats and jackets. Wool is one of the most durable fabrics on the market making it a wonderful choice for a coat that will last at least a few years. Wool also reacts remarkably when exposed to moisture. Wool absorbs moisture to the core of the fabric so that the wearer does not feel wet or soggy.  Wool is also an incredibly effective insulating fabric because of the tendency of the threads to tightly interlock and bunch together.  This interlocking also results in wool being able to retain its shape very well, giving evidence of the durability and comfortability of the fabric while it is being worn.

Jackets and Styles

Jackets and coats are a form of apparel generally used as outerwear. They are the primary defense from cool and downright cold weather. Jackets and coats are usually made of heavy dense materials, such as wool in this case, and are resistant to penetration by water, wind, snow, and cold temperatures. Wool jackets and coats come in a variety of cuts and styles depending on the personal style and preference of the wearer. A few more popular styles are outlined below.

The Peacoat

Peacoats are one of the most popular wool coat styles.  Peacots are almost always double breasted (two sets of buttons), and have large accentuated collars.  Wool peacoats are made to rise just below the zipper of the pants, and the neckline generall falls right in between the collar bone and the sternum.  To add an extra bit of stylistic flare to a wool peacoat, consider wearing a scarf and/or "popping" the collar.

The Full Length Wool

The full length wool coat accurately reflects its title. The coat is meant to cover the distance between the chest and shins. Full length coats are among the warmest because of the immense surface area of the body that they cover. Full length wool coast, or trench coats as some call them, are generally equated with military dress and are most commonly found at military surplus stores. Like peacoats, full lengths are usually double breasted and have the same neckline as well.

Adding a scarf, hat, or even an exterior belt to the coat will be sure to turn heads, and spice up your style in the cold winter weather.

"Bomber" Style

Bomber style is just a cooler way of saying collarless. Back in the yester-years of the military, pilots and bombers were notorious for wearing collarless leather jackets. The style has been a hit with the those in the lower age bracket, and so the wool jacket adapted. Bomber style jackets are usually closed by zippers rather than buttons, and often have zippers at the cuffs of the sleeves as well. Additionally, wool bomber jackets are usually cut high and fall just below the bottom of the belt.

A slick pair of gloves and a light cream scarf accent the jacket perfectly, transforming the wearer into the pilot or bomber of yester year.  Goggles are optional.


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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      I LOVE double-breasted and bomber wool coats! Good job on the hub!

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      sssksss 7 years ago from pakistan

      wow hub it,s really good to see a beautiful wool jicket,s

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      javier betancourt 8 years ago

      really cool jackets man