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So Last Season

It’s winter coat time!

Thursday, 19th October, 2017 9:56am

Storm Ophelia is raging outside as I write this, and I must admit, I thought the weather warning was all a bit blown out of proportion (pun intended) but as I watch it snowing leaves outside I can see I made the right decision to stay in my pyjamas today.

It truly feels like winter now and so it’s got me thinking about coats and the upcoming outerwear trends this season.

Up until this week I had been having a coat conundrum as it just seemed too warm to wear a coat, and yet when I didn’t, I ran the risk of getting soaked with rain.

If you haven’t made your winter coat purchase this year, here is a guide to what’s in the shops at the moment.

Coats play a huge part in the Irish wardrobe, so it’s essential that you find the right one to carry you through the season.

Whatever your shape, there's a style for you and really the toughest decision you will make is which one you like best. Top of the list, and one which made an early appearance last year, is the shearling coat. I purchased one in Zara last year so I’m feeling particularly smug about that, but there are similar versions in pretty much every high street store at the moment and are a fraction of the price of the Acne original.

These coats are lined with fleece so will keep you extremely warm but can add extra bulk to your look so balance the rest of your outfit with fitted silhouettes. I’ve also seen them in tan and in pink but if you want one that will still look relevant next year then go for traditional black.

Another coat which I will admit to having a bit of an obsession with is the faux fur. So it may not be practical in the rain but it certainly makes a sartorial statement.

The faux fur can be dressed up or down and it has saved me many a time at a winter event when I have struggled to find something to wear over my dress. I also like to wear a faux leopard print coat with a peasant blouse, skinny jeans and ankle boots and pretend I’m Kate Moss.

This season grey seems to be the colour of choice and it’s a great choice because it pretty much goes with everything and can look much more expensive than it actually is.

If you’re into a more simpler style, then a wool blend coat is for you. It’s a great coat that can take you from casual day wear to the office and I’ve also noticed a lot of the wool blend coats being quite oversized and in a range of prints such as check or houndstooth.

They are quite light while still keeping you nice and toasty. I’ve seen a particularly nice light grey version in H&M and because its in a neutral grey you can easily change up the look of it with different scarves.

When it comes to outerwear accessories, it’s all about the oversize with a massive move towards blanket scarves. What I particularly like about these big, cosy scarves is that you can get a bit longer out of your lighter jackets and coats because essentially you have a large blanket covering you.

The big hat trends for the season are the bobble hat, which is a favourite of mine and the new kid on the block this season, the beret.

I’ve bought myself a light pink beret which I have yet to wear out of the house because everytime I put it on it seems to cause my soon to be husband to get into a fit of laughter. I’m determined to make it out of the house avec said headgear any day now.

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