As the weather gets colder, it can be tempting to throw style out the window and simply grab the warmest coat in your wardrobe. You know the one. The one that’s comfortable and warm but leaves you looking like an unfashionable marshmallow. Whether you decide to invest in just one or buy the whole lot, these coats are bound to turn this chilly season into your chicest season.
A trench coat is an essential wardrobe item for every woman. Despite beginning its life as a raincoat for the British Army, this simple style has become a feminine classic for women all over the world. If you don’t already own one, make this the season you invest into one. After all, every style icon from Audrey Hepburn to Kate Moss has owned one, so why shouldn’t you? The lightweight, weather proof style is perfect for transitioning in and out of winter and can be worn with anything. Dress it down with jeans and sneakers for day, or up with a dress and heels for night.
Toggle and Duffle Coat
Headed on a winter holiday to the mountains or country? Pack a toggle or duffle coat with you and you won’t be sorry. These chic styles are made to be out in nature during winter. Traditionally made from thick, woollen material, duffle coats are comfortable, warm and practical. They feature wooden toggle fastenings with rope or leather loops to hook onto, and large front pockets. Most styles also feature a hood and finish at thigh-height. Choose a camel brown version for a traditional look and pair with blue skinny jeans and boots.
Parka and Anorak Coat
Parka and anorak coats tend to finish at the thighs and be loosely fitted, with anoraks featuring a drawstring waist. Made from thick, sometimes waterproof material, both styles tend to feature hoods and zip/press stud closures. This relaxed style is traditionally seen in khaki and army green tones, adding a somewhat masculine touch. The style is perfect for casual, urban looks and goes great with black, skinny jeans and boots. Choose an anorak for warmer days and a parka with added down or shearling for colder weather.
A pea coat is a classic outerwear style for both men and women. Originally worn by sailors, this traditionally woollen coat is well designed to keep you warm in winter and looks totally fashionable to boot. Featuring a double breasted front and typically finishing just below the hip, pea coats make a polished addition to any outfit. Wear this style with pants to offset its short length and add a contrasting sweater underneath to give your style some dimension.
Today’s military coat is a stylish reinterpretation of the traditional men’s military coats. Featuring a fitted bust and waist, a double-breasted closure and classically metal buttons, this style is feminine and strong all in one. Far from looking like a marshmallow, this coat will have you looking sexy! The military coat’s structured, hourglass silhouette makes it one of the most flattering styles while its thick fabric ensures that it’s still one of the warmest. Just choose a colour and length to suit you and you’ll be wearing this classic coat year after year.
Well this year, it’s time to let that coat gather some dust as you discover that fashion and function do work together. Enjoy!