This year, shearling coats are everywhere! We can see them in fashion magazines, on the catwalk in the biggest designer’s shows and on the street. Do you already have your own? It’s a real craziness around these very luxury and good-looking garments, and you really need to know all the advantages shearling coats provide you! Here they are!
Shearling coats are an invention of the First World War, but they became popular during the Second one. At that moment, these very warm garments were worn by the pilots who were flying in unpressurized cabins at altitudes over 30,000 meters where the temperatures can reach negative 50 degree Celsius. Sheeps’ wool has a structure that insulates the air circulation, which means shearling coats can retain the body heat and keep you warm even in the coldest days of winter.
It’s true, real shearling coats cost more than a faux garment or a fabric one. But, if you have in mind the quality of these luxury garments, you may realize that shearling coats are a great investment. If you take care of them, you can have them for over 20 years without any problem. Of course, you may get bored by the same shearling coat you have worn for many, many years, but think about it: a faux option will look outworn after less than two or three years. A real one will look spectacular as always, so you will be able to sell it in a vintage store and buy another one. All you have to do is to properly take care of your shearling coats. Bref, place them in a dark closet, away from the direct sunlight. Of course, don’t clean them using the washing machine and keep your shearling coats away from flames or another heating source. Don’t use mothballs and you can be sure that you won’t regret a single dollar spent. You can take them to a professional cleaner at least one time every year, after a cold winter and before storing them during the summer.
Water resistant and moisture wicking
Shearling coats are naturally water resistant and moisture wicking. They don’t only repel the external water but wick the perspiration away from your skin.
Wool fibers are provided with strong, water-repellent layers that protect the fiber’s core against moisture. The core of each wool fiber can absorb 30% of its weight in moisture vapor without getting damp. So with that humidity absorbed, and the external water repelled, we can conclude that is a thermally regulating material. If you get caught by rain or snow, you should gently shake your shearling coat and smooth it with a soft brush if it`s developing water spots over time.
Now that you have found out these properties, you should have already concluded that shearling coats are too warm for moderate climates. But let us tell that you are totally wrong. Shearling coats are versatile and known for their breathability and moisture-wicking properties, which keep the body temperature regulated regardless of temperature fluctuations in the environment. That means you’ll stay cool and dry in your shearling coat, no matter we talk about winter, spring or autumn.
Usually, winter coats are very heavy and we barely wait to get home and undress. But shearling coats are special. Even if the World War models were heavy and hard to be worn, the modern options don’t weight as much as other winter coats.