When Should You Actually Buy Your Winter Coat?

You might still be looking for a bikini for your end-of-summer getaway, but according to industry experts, you should already be thinking about your winter coat. Yes, that's right, August is the best time to buy a coat. Fashion editors swear by buying their coats as soon as the new season drops, but this is no longer just an insider shopping move.

"Many of our customers start buying their winter coats as early as August, as they're inspired by the catwalks and want to buy products as soon as they're available, putting them ahead of the season's trends," says Natalie Kingman, buying director at MatchesFashion.com. "Winter coats from key brands sell quickly, so I always buy mine early to avoid disappointment."

Net-a-Porter sees its biggest spike in coat sales in September, so it makes sense to start thinking about this big investment the month prior. "I do the same as our customers and purchase my winter coat in early September, which is when we typically see a spike in sales for our coats category," says Lisa Aiken, retail fashion director at Net-a-Porter. "I’m a 'buy now wear now' shopper, but I also want to make sure I purchase my coat early enough in the season before it sells out. As the fashion cycle is changing and designers are producing more 'see now buy now' collections, we’re starting to see more coats launching from August, so it’s a great time to start looking. My advice is to find the style you love, add it to your wish list and then purchase it in the first week of September," she says.