Winter coats- they become our lifeline when venturing out of the house at 7am on a bitterly cold winter morning. And they quickly turn into the main way to make a fashion statement in winter as the necessity to cover up becomes a must. It was cold in summer, so god knows how cold it’s going to get in the next few months!
Concerning coats, the obvious choice for most people is a staple black one. A winter’s morning on the tube is a sea of black and greys. Practical, somewhat stylish. Whilst these can look great, as long as the cut and the quality is good, I don’t think enough people experiment with their winter coats! So here are my top 5 coat choices that you should definitely invest in this winter.
The cocoon coat
The top fashion choice this winter and hitting the AW12 catwalks at Jill Sander, Sisley and Philip Lim, the cocoon coat is big, bold and of course fashionable! The cocoon name comes from the big puffy shape of the coat and whilst you may feel this could look unflattering, you may think again after seeing some of the beautiful creations and how damn comfy they look. The voluminous shaping and lines of the coat are statement and sure to make you stand out on the streets for all the right reasons. Wear with cigarette style trousers to contrast with the shaping of the coat.
The camel coat
Will this coat ever go out of fashion? The camel coat is the coat of sophistication and luxury. With its simple cut and colour, this coat can be worn so easily. And good news- there is a lot of choice on the high street. I spotted a lovely one in Mango recently. Wear with wine-coloured jeans and boots for a nice colour contrast. If you’re after a smart investment piece, this is a top runner.
Cooler in the red coat
The ultimate romantic winter choice goes to the classic red coat. This is the ‘go bold or go home’ choice. Vivid, eye-catching and sure to thaw out your winter blues, the red coat will certainly make you feel confident. For celeb inspiration see Fearne Cotton who always flies the flag for boldly coloured coats in winter. Teamed with chunky white knitwear, you’ll feel like the ultimate winter fashionista. And it will go with your Starbucks take out Xmas coffee cup!
Faux or real, fur is a winter staple. Whether scouted out after hours of careful trawling through rails in vintage shops, or ordered with a quick click on the internet, fur is the obvious choice for fashion and warmth together. Mulberry showcased their huge yeti coats on the AW12 catwalk while Alice Temperley went distinctly Russian-style with her fur coats and cossacks. If you can manage to fit a belt around all that fur, then that makes for a great winter coat accessory!
Oh my god, I love trench coats! So smart yet so cool. Burberry manages to update it every season so surely this is a sign that it’s here to stay. The high street offers so many great choices to invest in at a stitch of the price of a Burberry one. Check out Gap, Zara and H&M for some really classy versions. Whether you choose a classic colour like stars Kate Middleton and Jessica Alba or a more quirky pattern, a trench is practical, warm and so sophisticated. If you want to glam up this unisex design, cinch in the waist and add a bow belt a la Burberry aw12 style.
So when you’re shopping for you next winter coat when you really should be shopping for Christmas present for loved ones, give these options a think. If only our parents had set up a ‘Winter Coat’ fund upon our births hey?