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So Last Season

It’s time to grab your coat!

Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018 4:59pm

Well it’s safe to say coat season has finally arrived and I must say I’m quite pleased about this.

It’s hard to be inspired by coat trends when it’s still warm, especially when you’re trying them on in a roasting fitting room, so now that the temperatures have taken a dip, it’s time to talk about all the best overcoats and jackets for the season ahead.

When it comes to coats it’s all about protection, so while you want to look stylish, it can be easy to forget that practicality is also key so think puffas, parkas, blanket coats for autumn, and if in doubt, add another layer to the mix.

Puffa jackets are an autumn winter staple but if this particular jacket reminds you of young men at illegal raves in the early 2000s sweating profusely, then fear not because the puffa has gotten a major overhaul. For 2018 it’s all about luxe fabrics like velvet in berry tones to get a sportlux vibe.

Only is doing a particularly lovely burgundy velvet version which looks great layered over thick knit jumpers and jeans. I’ve also seen puffas' layered over tweed overcoats for a real runway look which personally, for me, feels a tad too far and just brings the look into Michelin man territory.

The trick with a puffa is to keep the silhouette underneath as streamline as possible. The same can be said for the teddy bear coat which can add bulk to your look if not paired with the right outfit.

Continuing on with the cosy vibes, I’m also very taken with blanket coats which in fact just look like blankets. I mean who doesn’t want to look like they just got out of bed and took their blanket to work?

To avoid looking like you’re just lounging on the couch at home, it’s important to add a bit of structure to the look. Throw one side nonchalantly over the shoulder, add a belt to remind the world you still have a waist or try doing an elaborate side tie with a brooch. The possibilities are truly endless.

The good thing about coats is that, really, the trends never really change so while they might be a bit more of an expensive purchase you really will get your money’s worth, especially if you but a classic fabric, colour or shape.

Tweed and check fabrics are particularly popular this year, but it’s a print that you’ll see in the shops every year especially in blazers and well fitted overcoats like a cromby or a chesterfield. The masculine tailoring of these styles looks particularly well when contrasted against feminine floral midi dresses and skirts.

My favourite look is layering them over a chunky rollneck and silky printed skirt so allow a little room when you’re choosing your coat. Another coat you need to invest in now if you haven’t already is the timeless trench.

It’s perfect for these mid-autumn months where a lighter jacket will do and again all you need is to layer it with some warmer items. With these more classic styles, it’s all about the accessories which can jazz them up and luckily for us the statement scarf is big news this season. Wear them oversized, belted or hanging loose to add your own personal style to the look.

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