Top 5: Winter Coats

October 6, 2010

Daily Digest

Top 5: Winter Coats

Pictured left to right: Pixie Geldof, Burberry,Whistles.

By Siobhan Lam

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when wearing a coat becomes a necessity rather than an indulgence. And what comes before the wearing of the coat?  You guessed it, buying the coat… but the trick is in buying the right coat for you.

This season, there is pretty much a coat type for each fashion trend and within that type there are numerous variations in style and colour – so it is a fantastic time to invest.

Burberry Military Coat

To start with, I know that I refer to Burberry ALOT and if it were at all possible to avoid mention of the label, I would, but alas it is physically impossible to discuss desirable and chic jackets for this season without mentioning the iconic label.

For Autumn Winter 2010, Burberry focused on structure and strong lines with its outdoor wear and military coats were a highlight of this collection. With an emphasis on strong shoulders and a structured waist, military coats are great for giving a body definition – especially during the winter months, when our shape can get lost under warm layers!

Karen Millen Military Coat

Karen Millen has an almost identical military coat to the Burberry version, and naturally it costs significantly less. The heavy twill coat is double breasted, available in black and grey and features silver buttons and a waist cinching belt.  At €399 it’s not cheap  – but it is a classic military coat that will last and last.

For something a bit quirkier, embrace the example set by Pixie Geldof – she wears her military coat a little shorter and with some offbeat sartorial details thrown in. The almost too amazing ASOS have a similar cheeky military (€99) number in their virtual store at the moment; it is available in navy (which is the perfect colour for military, don’t you think?) or red and features intricate gold embossed buttons on the pockets and shoulders.

If you’ve had enough of the military trend, worry not – there are plenty of other options out there.

Minimalist Coat

For those of you who like a more simplistic look – Celine should be your go-to-label for style inspiration. Celine kept their look incredibly simple this season, with a huge emphasis on neutral shades.

Vera Moda, believe it or not, have some stunning pieces in stock this season, including a Celine-esque, asymmetrical tweed grey coat (€105.88) from their own ‘Very’ label, that would work especially well as a work coat.

Camel Coat

For a slightly androgynous look that is still on trend, look to Whistles.  The Celeste Crombie Coat (€298) has the nonchalance of a vintage camel blazer but the look of a couture piece.

Embellished Jacket

Now for something completely different… if you wanted to try a look that is utterly outside a ‘trend’, may I suggest an embellished jacket?  It certainly won’t keep you warm on a cold November’s eve but you’ll look fantastic as you freeze!   Embellishment is a fad that returns without fail every winter, and this year the choice is fantastic.

I adore the sense in an embellished jacket:  jacket + skinny jeans + black tank = cool and easy outfit. French Connection does embellishment incredibly well and has a sequin-heavy jacket in store, in the form of the Faulks jacket, with a mesh overlay design and exaggerated shoulders, at €165 it’s a pretty decent price and I guarantee that you will wear it to death!

So, which winter coat will you be wearing this year?

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6 Responses to “Top 5: Winter Coats”

  1. whisty Says:

    Great choices! Peaches actually looks pretty great in that pic, huh, who knew! X

  2. Amy Says:

    Thats actually Pixie Geldof, not Peaches

  3. Annemarie Says:

    Doh, thanks for pointing that out Amy. Will amend.BTW did you like her coat?

  4. Amy Says:

    I think it’s absolutely gorgeous

  5. Annemarie Says:

    Yes it’s ab fab. I’m not supposed to do military myself due to “larger” chest – should only do singles breasted coats :(

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