Autumn has definitely set in now – the leaves are turning, the temperatures are dipping and the nights are getting darker. So, it can only mean one thing – time to invest in our biggest fashion purchase of the year, the winter coat.
The biggest names of the fashion world sent their models sashaying down the autumn/winter runways in cover-ups in every shade of pink, from the candy floss hues of Carven to the deep plums of Mulberry and the pale blushes of Céline. For a more accessible alternative La Redoute’s raspberry pink bouclé number embraces several trends in one, with nods to masculine tailoring, the shade of the season, and a soft fuzziness reminiscent of a Jonathan Saunders catwalk design.
The key to this style is choosing a coat which is well-made and structured because you need a good cut and a quality fabric if you are going to get the scale right, rather than simply looking swamped, as if you’ve pulled on your dad’s or your other half’s outerwear by mistake. Look for styles with soft, rounded shoulders to keep your look bang up to date. Soft greys and tweeds work particularly well with this style or choose a masculine coat in a soft tartan. Team with brogues and wide-leg trousers and add a feminine blouse for work, or a chunky knit jumper for weekends.
While sometimes, I would simply love to be able to take our blanket with us for the daily commute, oversized coats are the next best thing. It’s a trend which began last winter, but the likes of Stella McCartney and Richard Nicoll took it a step further this season. A style so oversized can be difficult to pull off, particularly if you aren’t catwalk skinny. But high street versions offer up wearable solutions including stronger shoulders and belts to give them more shape. Big is definitely beautiful in this case.
This trend is a little bit Grace Kelly, a little bit Audrey Hepburn, with a touch of Victoria Beckham thrown in. It’s a look that does away with any embellishment, taking away collars and buttons for a feel that epitomises high-end elegance. Proenza Schouler is always one of the hottest tickets of New York Fashion Week and, this time, the designer’s standout pieces were oversized cream bouclé coats and sleek grey numbers with no adornment at all. These coats let the cut do the talking.
It’s not exactly the most practical of pieces but while it may leave you with cold arms, the sleeveless coat is certainly stylish. Etro showcased tan leather pieces with exposed zips while Trussadi’s double breasted versions looked part coat, part dress and part safari suit. You could layer over cosy knitwear during autumn and even wear these coats as dresses, for the office or for dinner, belting them to give extra shape.
So there you have it, my rundown on the best winter coat designs of the season. They are undoubted upshots of the weather turning colder. Now, bring on the snow and we can choose our new scarfs and hats.