In the second of my series on wardrobe staples, this week it’s the turn of the good old winter coat. Gone are the days when a black coat was about all you would buy and there is a whole world of choice out there. Whether you are on a budget or wanting to make an investment; are looking for something different and more of a statement; or in need of a classic, then there is something for everyone from under £50 up. It’s definitely not quite duvet coat weather yet but with the cooler mornings, now is the time to start layering.
Here is my coat buying compendium:
One of my most favourite Crombie’s on the high street is this Single Breasted Coat £86 from Warehouse which comes in tan, berry, dark grey and black. This is a good length on, hitting at mid thigh but probably will be too short if you are taller than average.
In a season of warm tones, now is the time to do camel and Zara’s Masculine Coat £95.99 is perfect for wearing to the office or with denim.
If you are taller, then go for Zara’s gorgeous grey Masculine Coat £79.99. This is ideal over coated jeans and chunky knits or with tailored trousers alike.
Mango has a very similar style: Masculine Structured Coat £79.99 in three colours. Plus all these light shades are perfect if you have a light skintone and find the dark colours too overpowering.
Or try Topshop’s Relaxed Coat £65 which comes in lots of colours. This is one you might want to size down in as is generous and while relaxed is ok, swamped is not.
For over £100, Cos’s Tailored Wool Coat £180 is a slick and modern piece. As well as this light grey, it also comes in a midnight. And I can personally vouch for the longevity of their coats as my camel one is still going strong nearly eight years on.
Jigsaw is great if you want to make an investment and their Single Breasted City Coat is a great option. Or you can do something a bit different with the Herringbone version £280.
On the shorter side is this Luxe Marl Coat £169 from Mint Velvet.
But if you are after long, then try their Luxe Marl Boyfriend Coat £229.
If you want a bit more shape then go for a belted style like this Belted Wool Coat £225 from Cos in light grey, black or navy.
Or this Unstructured Wool Blend Coat £119 from Mango.
If you already have a staple covered, then maybe it’s time to thing about a statement. The most obvious statement is animal print – although as it is so ubiquitous, it hardly seems to be a statement at all these days. My leopard print coat from River Island has been way more versatile than a animal print naysayer may have imagined.
This Crossover Leopard Print Coat £49.99 from Stradivarius is a brilliant option of you are on the shorter side and find that you are often a bit swamped by all the longer coats out there. It is only in a small online but stores definitely have other sizes in.
Or try Zara’s Leopard Print Jacquard Coat £95.99
Or this one £79.99 but please put some clothes on underneath!
You can also do a faux fur leopard and this Boxgrove Faux Fur Coat £170 from Boden is a whole lot of fun. There is a black and white leopard long belted faux fur coat in Mango which is way too Cruella de Ville for my liking so steer clear of the snowy leopard variety and stick with the bog standard leopard.
I love this Checked Double Breasted Coat £79.99 from Zara as it’s not too in your face check and if you are after a versatile piece then this will be smart enough for the office but something you can also dress down with denim.
In a similar vein is this Checked Wool Coat £299 from Massimo Dutti which has website to die for but stores where there is never any of the amazing pieces I have seen online. Very annoying.
Or this slightly more oversized one: Check Textured Coat £229.
It’s actually really nice to go for a colour – something to brighten up the dark days ahead and lift your mood. Pink is actually a surprisingly versatile option as it will work with denim and darks alike. This Plain Drop Sleeve Coat £49.99 from Stradivarius is a great option – particularly if you aren’t super tall as it is on the shorter side.
Boden’s Hengrave Coat £175 is in a brighter shade of pink as well as yellow (on the dark front it also comes in navy and a dark green) and has the added benefit of coming in both Petite and Regular lengths.
Or Mint Velvet’s Cerise Double Breasted Coat £189
Mango’s Unstructured wool Blend Coat £119 will certainly brighten up a dull day.
For something softer Jigsaw’s Single Breasted City Coat £265 comes in Rose Water. Not keen on the styling but with an oversized shirt, leather look leggings and trainers or over a dress for work – absolutely.
I also absolutely love this Wool Coat with Textured Weave £229 from Massimo Dutti.
Shaggy, teddy bear coats won’t be for everyone (this may be the marmite of coat trends) but if you want something of the moment then try this Teddy Bear Faux Fur Coat £89 from Warehouse which comes in tan and black.
And never fear, if you are after the super snuggly and practical puffa then I will be looking at all things puffy and furry in a few weeks.