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By Robyn Adam
With the arrival of autumn in Russia many people will take this opportunity to start looking around at winter coats. Of course, with temperatures in Moscow getting down to around -20° and some places in Siberia getting as cold as the unimaginable -40°, a winter coat is not just a fashion accessory, it’s a necessity. However this is Russia. Whilst your winter coat might be practical in keeping out the freezing temperatures, if it’s not fashionable, don’t even consider it. Below are your three main choices for winter coats in Russia:
1. The Fur Coat
The classic choice for Russian women. The fur coat has long been established in Russia as the most obvious way to keep warm, since, if the animals out in Siberia can all survive, they must be doing something right! In Russia there isn’t any of the concern we have in the West over the ethics of fur; they see it as a way to keep warm and be stylish at the same time. If, like me, you can’t bear the thought of wearing real fur, don’t try and get away with a faux fur coat; it just doesn’t measure up in terms of looks and elegance, and you will be spotted a mile off.
Another popular choice in Russia, further proving that PETA have their work cut out in changing Russians’ minds. The sheepskin coat is a cheaper alternative to the fur coat, whilst still providing the natural warmth that is so important in minus temperatures. Sheepskin coats can be long or short, dark or light, as long as they look good and keep you warm.
3. The Down Jacket
This is the best choice for budget conscious shoppers. Filled with down feathers, natural or the constantly improving synthetic version, these coats provide lots of warmth and are incredibly waterproof and durable. Best to get one with a hood so that you can keep your hair safe from the snow at the same time. As with the sheepskin coats, the down coats can be long or short and in any colour you like, although plain colours like black and blue are most popular. The one thing they do need is a cinching belt around the waist, whether it comes with it or you add it on yourself, it’s all about looking good!
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