Style by Claire Lopez

Get your coat luv…

I have had a fringe cut in a vain (in both senses of the word) attempt to hide ever-deepening wrinkles on m forehead. And the reaction has been one of sheer horror from my dear children, who have let rip in a no holds barred fashion, along the lines of, “Mummy, you look ridiculous” and, “You look lovely from the back but we need to cut that off the front to make you look normal again.” Got to love their honesty but doesn’t do much for the old self-esteem. So I have taken solace in Westfield and bought myself a new coat (animal print). Now, maybe they can be distracted by, and also hate my coat, in equal measure.

The point is that now is the time to invest in a coat for the Winter and let’s face it, what is ostensibly known as Spring, but which very rarely makes an actual appearance. If the animal prints of last week didn’t float your boat, then here are a whole host of goodies to keep you snuggly and stylish this season.

Checkmate

There was a big heritage look on the catwalks this season and the shops have checked coats galore. Now this is not my most favourite coat out there. Possibly what animal print is for some people, checks are for me. So here is a fairy subtle one from Mango – Check Wool Blend Coat £119.99.

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Or if you are really going for it then this one at £49.99 will work with tailoring and denim alike.

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Belt Up

Belting details are everywhere this season and Whistles has this Milton Belted Coat £275.

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There is also a more traditional belted number: Evangeline Belted Long Coat £270. This is the khaki but it also comes in navy.

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Military

The Pea Coat is having a real revival thanks to the military influences on the catwalks so get involved with the naval brass buttons and double breasted styling with this Pea Coat £198 from Jigsaw.

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Me+EM also has this longer style: Military Forever Coat £299.

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Puff Daddy

In its catwalk guise this is an oversized trend which is Michelin-man making but you don’t need to add pounds while keeping warm. Zara always does a good line in quilting and this year is no exception. They have this Water Repellent Quilted Feather Down Coat for a mere £49.99.

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As well as this Short Anorak with Hood £79.99.

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And if bottom-covering is the order of the day, then this Long Anorak with Hood £89.99 will do the job.

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There are a lot of shiny quilted numbers out there too but I find this just a bit too Italian ski resort, if you know what I mean.

The Trench

If you are burying your head in the ground and ignoring the falling temperatures, then the only lighter weight coat to go for is the trench and there are lots out there but make it softer, longer and more flowing than your traditional Burberry number. This Oversized Trench Coat £119 from Zara is right on trend.

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If, however, you want something a little bit more manageable or you are not very tall then this Short Trench Coat £59.99 from Zara is perfect. Great in this colour but it also comes in navy and a beige.

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Or do the sensible thing and buy a wool trench coat instead like this one from &Other Stories: Wool Trench Coat £195. It comes in black, dark red and navy. I like this a lot.

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Mensy

By this I mean a fairly slick, simple style – something that is a fairly classic ‘car’ coat. A more flattering option than all the oversized styles that are out there.

This is actually one of my favourite coats of the entire season because it will stand the test of time. Perfect for work and equally great with coated jeans or denim, skater shoes/trainers/boots and a beanie. Warehouse Clean DB Coat £85 comes in three colours – navy, grey and a tan. Bit spoilt for choice but there should be a colour in there for everyone and it is a great length as so many styles are super long and no good for mere mortals. The camel is sophisticated and works very well with navy black, grey and also oxblood. My Pinterest boards are full of lovely camel coats and this is a real goodie.

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But here it is in the grey too. It isn’t actually wool so the moths won’t have a field day on it but it is very lovely to the touch.

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Mango also has this Handmade Wool Coat £99.99.

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Autograph’s Wool Cashmere Coat is at £149 a great price and comes in both camel and navy.

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Whilst on the subject of M&S they also have this Revere Collar Coat £49. Mensy this may be in style, but it is most definitely a feminine colour. And pink is not going anywhere fast this season or next. It does also come in black and a light grey if the pink is not for you.

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At the higher end of the high street Jigsaw’s Claudel Column Coat £249 is another great option and their coats are always great quality. It comes in this bottle green – a very sophisticated and on-trend colour – as well as a light camel colour.

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There is one more big coategory (terrible pun- sorry) which I haven’t covered – the ‘coatigan’. Top of my list for this season and great for this in-betweeny time but that is on next week’s agenda, along with a bit of a knitwear bonanza.

 

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