If there is one thing you should invest in this season it’s a good coat… and a great pair of boots of course, but for now we’ll concentrate on outerwear.
I personally think it’s best to opt for a coat that suits your lifestyle and body shape, rather than fitting in with the latest trend. A good coat should last you a few years, and you can always update the look with faux fur collars, new buttons and silk/wool scarves. Or, if feeling flush, you could buy several each season, it’s up to you!
If you are going for one investment piece – opt for a dark colour (marks won’t show up prior to dry cleaning) and opt for a classic cut and shape. It’s easy to add style statements and pops of colour with accessories (printed scarves, woolen hats and leather gloves). If you’ve decided to get more than one this season, then you can afford to be a little more daring with the second – like the two at the bottom from Net-a-Porter and Oxygen Boutique…
Here are my favourites and why…
This parka from Zara is versatile, warm and would suit those who like their wardrobes to be a little more casual. On trend but still a classic piece.
Zara – £239
This contemporary coat is from Ashley B at Harvey Nichols. It’s smart, simple and fun with the faux fur. Great for petite girls…
Ashley B at Harvey Nichols – £655
Reiss are perfect for classic timeless wardrobe staples, and this coat is no exception. If you’re after waist definition even over layers, then choose a coat with a waist belt. However, ladies on the shorter side should steer clear of long coats. This will swamp your figure.
Reiss – £350
If you can’t resist a bit of colour, then why not go for a coat in a dark forest green like this one below from COS. They, like Reiss, always produce well-designed, simple, classic cuts and this is a beautiful piece, which would look equally as amazing with those with auburn hair, brown hair and bright blonde.
COS – £150
Add a little leather, and instantaneously add a little sex appeal.. This no fuss design from Whistles, is fabulous and flattering for those with a smaller bust. Tall ladies can show off longer legs, whilst shorter ladies appear taller, with the cut about the knee.
Whistles – £250
For those on a budget, this coat from Topshop is ideal. For warmer autumn days remove the detachable faux fur collar, and re-attach to beat the chill. Being slightly cocooned shape this coat will give room for layering underneath. Do not opt for a coat like this if your legs are on the skinny side, it will only exaggerate this.
Topshop – £110
I just LOVE Sophie Hulme bags, but now she has won me over with this classic tailored coat with knit sleeves from Matches. Adding more of a design element, this two-tone coat is classic in design, yet contemporary in colour and texture. Perfect if you’re tall and slim.
Sophie Hulme at Matches – £665
For ladies who find it difficult to find coats that flatter because they are on the curvier side, opt for coats with a slight A-line, and also a belt around the middle for extra waist definition. For larger busted ladies, leave the coat open at the top, rather than buttoned up all the way. This pleated coat by J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams is perfect.
J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams – £150
The Outnet are my go-to place for designer pieces that are timeless and ‘season-less.’ The camel coat is a wardrobe staple and looks beautiful when paired with dark brown leather. Simple, classic and withstands the test of time.
Helene Berman at The Outnet – £150
Below is my favourite choice, from my favourite High Street store, Zara. I tried this on but size 8 didn’t give much room for layering (always go for a size bigger if you want to wear that chunky knit underneath). I shall hopefully be purchasing this online later today. I love the texture contrast, and I’m influenced by edgy, (generally black!) designs.
Zara – £139
If you really feel the cold, then opt for a faux fur. This Alice & Olivia coat from Oxygen Boutique is a beautiful colour, and a lovely fur texture – unlike some, which when faux, look cheap. This boxy shape will add structure to the shoulders for those with wider hips.
Alice & Olivia at Oxygen Boutique – £310
And finally, here’s my favourite from the selection. On the more expensive side, this Haider Ackermann coat from Farfetch is just beautiful. The colour looks great with black or brown leather – and it’s perfect for both blondes and brunettes. It is tailored so well and being longer length it’s perfect for the taller ladies.
Haider Ackermann at Farfetch – £1,045
And, if you’re more daring, simply choose a coat with splashes of bright colour….
Chalayan at Net-a-Porter – £1,845
Aiko at Oxygen Boutique – £390