It’s that time of year when we start to reach for outerwear to keep us cosy. The challenge is always how to stay looking stylish and warm at the same time.
How many Winter coats do you own and are they doing the job when it comes to keeping you both chic and cosy for all occasions? After all, a Winter coat is an essential wardrobe item, so you need to make sure yours does the job. And with many coats offering great value for money, you might be able to afford to have more than one!
There are actually three types of coat that should be in your wardrobe for the season ahead.
Every day/every weather
This will be the most practical coat you own, we all need something that really is going to weather any storm (even you Dramatics out there!)
So-called padded ‘duvet coats’ are great for Winter walks, commutes to and from the office or the school run as they offer warmth and protection from the elements. Whilst there is little that can be done to style a padded coat to show off your figure (save perhaps a belt if you have a defined waist), you can make sure the colour is fabulous. You can go one of two ways; either a versatile neutral accessorised with a colourful scarf, or one of your favourite statement shades from your palette, such as this gold puffa coat by Joules at John Lewis. Either way, make sure the colour that is next to your face it really working wonders for you.
Remember to also consider the length of your everyday coat. If you do a lot of driving, go for a shortish coat; if you walk, have a long coat to protect your knees from the cold but also from being battered by the rain!
Whilst wrapping up in something practical is great, there will also be occasions when you want something a little more chic. Perhaps you’re indulging in some Saturday shopping followed by lunch with friends; you need a coat that is warm but not too bulky, practical but still stylish.
The perennial trench coat is a popular style this season. They tend to come in lighter-weight fabrics, offering more shape and definition. The belt is a great way to show off a defined waist and you can layer a roll neck underneath or a scarf over the top to keep you warm. Beware of fabrics when it comes to trench coats as they can sometimes be a little heavy and stiff. Heavier fabrics are fine if you have a straighter body shape (although make sure you belt them at the back to keep your look uncluttered). If you’re curvy choose a fluid fabric that will skim your curves and cinch in at the waist. They also come in a spectrum of colours in addition to the traditional stone or camel, such as the dark petrol blue Saskia trench by Hobbs.
Faux fur is another AW18 trend, great for a more casual look when styled over jeans or leggings and you can find these in varied colours as well. This pale pink coat from New Look would suit a Soft/Cool colouring. Beware that this fabric is thick, so it will inevitably add some bulk to your size so keep the rest of your look slim and minimalist to balance this out.
When you’re headed out for a night on the town you don’t want to be hiding your fabulous outfit under a dowdy coat. This is the time to call on your inner drama-queen (if you haven’t already!) and go for something with a little WOW factor!
Velvet, faux fur trims, jewelled embellishments and embroidery are all big news this season so you may want to embrace one or more of these trends. You may not get a lot of wear from this type of coat but this is the coat to have fun with. Despite a potential high cost per wear, it should pay its way by making you feel like a million dollars so that when you make your entrance at that party, all eyes are on you!
I particularly like the crushed velvet coats from Joe Browns – this green one might well be making its way onto my Christmas wish list!