The Significant Coat

There comes a time every year when I decide that it’s out with the light and flimsy and in with the warm and cosy. Of course I’m talking about clothes, as usual, and that time happened this weekend.

Having decided to embrace the dark nights, falling leaves and cold temperatures of Autumn I put all of my summer garments to the back recesses of the wardrobes and pulled forward my winter gear. Although I LOVE the sun there’s nothing I like more than snuggling up in gorgeous, warm, winter clothing and accessories.

The one significant addition to your winter wardrobe is a coat. I was with a girlfriend recently who lives mostly in the Caribbean and Australia (lucky her) and she told me that she doesn’t even own a coat!

This year, as I’ve already blogged, coats are fantastic for both men and women. Beautiful styles in wool and cashmere are everywhere and the colours are amazing too – berry shades, a multitude of blues with the classics of navy, camel, grey and black for more conservative occasions.

Men’s coats are well tailored, wool and cashmere, ¾ length for formal wear with pea-jackets and blousons in tweeds and woolen mixes as a more casual option and quilting for the extreme cold. Look out for leather trim details which can be leather sleeves on a wool jacket or more discrete piping and leather patch pockets.

Another strong look is the gilet – not strictly a coat but definitely adding outerwear warmth when worn over a chunky wool jumper or even a smarter jacket. Layering is a big fashion trend for males at the moment with coats and jackets playing a major part.

Leather blouson jacket from Reiss

Check gilet from Next

Burgandy coat from H and M








For women, coats are in simple but oversized styling. Cocoon shapes, dropped shoulders and kimono sleeves are very on trend and capes are also a great option. The addition of pastel shades in wool and cashmere fabrics speaks glamour and sophistication, whilst leathers in deeper Autumn shades create a more edgy look.

A statement jacket in this year’s beautiful Autumn colours makes a smart addition to jeans and a jumper whilst a military styled, belted coat looks wonderful in khaki shades worn with winter boots. Tailored coats and jackets in brocade fabrics are great for a special evening out and there are lots of metallics around to add a bit of glitz to any outfit.

Tweed coat from Mary Portas at House of Fraser

Pink wool coat from Autograph at M&S

Blazer with faux leather sleeves from Zara








For everyone, coats and jackets in tweed and herringbone fabrics give a definite country handwriting to an outfit and look good in both formal and more casual styling. Faux fur linings and collars add the snuggle factor. So much to choose from and, with the current drop in temperature, so little time to shop!

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