The most important piece of clothing you’ll wear during the next six months has had an update. If you want to make a statement during the next few months here’s six coat trends you’ll want to get ahead of now.
I know we’re all rinsing out our light clothes as summer strings out towards the end of September, but the fact remains a new season is upon us. Getting ahead of the curve is actually quite easy as you can’t move for winter coats in the shops.
There’s a lot of camel (as you would expect) and quite a bit of black leather (that you might not). Quilted khaki is having a moment, but large checks are the way to go if a statement coat is the one update you’re looking to make. Here’s a snapshot of what’s around.
The Belted Coat.
Possibly one of my favourite styles because it affords the body some shaping, unlike other styles (puffa, etc.). Not so great if heavy cable jumpers are your thing, but tying the belt behind your back can create a narrower shape around the waist if you don’t want to wear the coat done up.
The Check Coat.
The choice and leaders in this trend are focused on big check. I’m loving browns and lighter colour options over dark versions. Wear this trend with a paired back outfit underneath. Simple silhouettes will work and flares/wider leg trousers will offer a relaxed 70s vibe.
Cape and Poncho options.
I think a cape or poncho has marmite appeal. You either love em or hate em. If worried about your top half looking bulky go for a cape. They mostly have arm holes to break up a heavy top line.
Ponchos in fine knits could be good if you’re WFH and need an extra layer before booting up the heating to full blast during the really cold months. Go for neutrals; stripes will take over the conference call.
Cape-wise, I love these two from Zara. Note how each is worn. Pic 1 balances out a wider top half with slim knee high boots and not much else, while pic 2 is long and lean and worn with boot leg legs for a relaxed look.
Best of the Rest.
A couple of other options include boucle and long shackets. I mentioned on my Instagram Style Surgery that boucle styles are around this autumn/winter. I’m loving the trench ideas here from Topshop, which are belted and smart. Great for work, but also adding style to weekend outfits. H&M has lengthened its shackets, which won’t see you right the way through winter, but with clever layering a good way through the next few weeks. Nice with straight leg trousers as well as jeans and trainers at weekends.
Lastly its leather (look).
A couple of Matrix-like ideas have been introduced this season. I think I prefer the orange tan options, but black leather and its friendly faux options are firmly here, for those who perhaps really want to make a statement and be easy to clean.
Have a great week.