Sunday, 26 October 2014

Coat Buying: The Rules

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It (almost) feels about time to start considering a winter coat.  Here are the trends to contemplate this season, courtesy of The Guardian's Hannah Marriott...

Fake fur is your friend
The jacket most likely to give you a hug this autumn/winter is a brightly coloured faux fur.  To dip a toe without going full on trend, try a brown-coloured fur, a fluffy clutch bag or a shaggy pastel collar.

Lilac is the colour. Or camel
Every season has its colour, and this autumn/winter you'll be seeing a lot of lilac. If you're not a fan, camel is huge too.

Past & Precious

YSL Camel Wool Coat with Tie Belt
Size 10/12

Go sleeveless
Sleeveless coats seem illogical at first, but that's what makes them a wise buy - unlikely to peak and then be consigned to the fashion wilderness any time soon. Also, once you have sorted your sleeveless coat strategy, they can be very wearable indeed, as a layer over slim padded coats or biker jackets.

Update your existing coat
If you want to update last year's coat, take a leaf from Burberry's book – hoist a huge patterned scarf over your neck and tuck it into your belt – or wedge your shoulders into a faux fur stole, as seen at Marni or Lanvin.

Pakas reign
This is a good season for practical puddle-proof fashion, with parkas in pastel colours seen on catwalks from Stella McCartney to Fendi, and 'proper' khaki versions with furry hoods at Tommy Hilfiger.

Past & Precious

Paul Smith Parka
Size 12

Consider your hem length
As the midi skirt continues its fashion dominancy, so coats tend to be long, covering the hem and giving an undone, androgynous feeling to tailoring. That said, fake fur is different – the bubble-effect often works best cut a bit higher, at the mid thigh.

The pre-coat
For some, the pre-coat (what you pull on before you pull out your winter number) might be a fake fur stole or a bomber jacket. For many, this season, it will be a blanket, as seen on the catwalks at Burberry, Prabal Gurung, Etro and ChloƩ.

To read Hannah's article in full click here

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