The Coats Edit
It’s that time of year again … coats and boots are on the horizon. So as a follow up to last week’s IGTV on keeping warm while looking stylish, I have put together some of my favourite outerwear pieces for October’s blog.
I always think it is a good idea to have a few options to choose from, particularly if you are outdoors a lot – pounding pavements on the school run etc – as your outerwear and footwear is what people see. But don’t just stick to black or your trusty parka, change things up and you will find it refreshes your entire look. So have fun with different styles, colours, prints, textures and liven up your autumn outfits with a stand-out coat. And it doesn’t need to break the bank either as there are several options under £100 here to choose from.
Here are a few of the coats that I wear on repeat and some of which I have had for years. While a coat can be an investment purchase, think about it in terms of cost per wear – if there is somewhere to spend a bit of money, this is it. Spend wisely and you will be wearing for years to come.
Bring some glamour to your A/W ensembles with a bit of faux fur, it’s super snuggly and perfect with skinnies and boots and definitely not just for best.
Issy London uses polyester fibres made from recycled plastic bottles. Sustainable and stylish is a win win.
Fur is also great over dresses and skirts for a smarter look.
Love this colour as an alternative to the more obvious black and grey.
If a full on fur is not your thing, then why not try an aviator which is basically an oversized leather jacket that will actually keep you warm. Perfect if you love your leather biker and want something to take you into the winter. Another fab style with skinnies.
Puffas and quilted jackets are an actual trend, never mind being super practical for keeping you warm. Instead of opting for a traditional black or navy option, try a khaki or go for something totally different…
This is the lightweight under layer I talked about on my IGTV last week which is ideal under wool coats. It has clever little tabs so you can change the neckline and make it invisible. You can’t beat Uniqlo for intelligent design choices that deliver on style and practicality.
There are so many puffas out there, but why not go for something that is a bit more of a statement. Also in khaki.
The polyester in this coat is recycled and it is essentially two coats in one. Every day can be a duvet day wearing this!
A classic wool coat should do so much more than take you to the office. You want a style you can dress down as well as up, which may mean a very tailored style might not cut it in the versatility stakes.
This oversized style also comes in a light pink. Sometimes all you need to do is size down with these relaxed silhouettes to get the right amount of oversized-ness but it probably isn’t a good one for the petite/shorter ladies.
This also comes in black and a grey check. A great coat that is the ideal length if you are on the shorter side.
This is an unlined coat so pop a Uniqlo down jacket underneath. It does also come in a lovely shade of pink.
Black and camel in this well-priced, classic silhouette.
Khaki is a great alternative to a black or navy and this military-inspired coat is versatile and chic.
Love the longer length on this.
This also comes in Petite, is in several classic colours and is a timeless style.
In either navy or oatmeal, this is an oversized style which you can wear over dresses/skirts as well as denim.
A bright or printed scarf will always lift a neutral coat.
This also comes in Petite. A luxurious, classic in navy, camel or light pink.
Live your life in colour and brighten up your outfits in any of these fab colours.
A cute little 60’s inspired shorter coat, great if you’re on the shorter side.
Boden is often a good bet for a brightly coloured coat.
Blue is big this season and this coat is stunning.
Zara has lots of pastel options in blues and pinks, and this textured number is one of them.
In short, being warm doesn’t have to be boring…