The Coats You *Really* Need

How’s your coat collection looking? In need of an update? Or an addition, perhaps? Allow us to be of assistance: here are the coats you need in your life now. And – what’s more – there’s a discount in the offing. Tempted yet?

“Do you really need more than one coat?” asked a friend once. (Which rather begged the question: do you know me at all?) To which we say: yes, you do, but with careful planning and purchasing, you don’t need a whole coat wardrobe, you just need a few well-chosen coats which work hard. So here’s our edit – but make haste: that extremely handy 20% discount expires on Wednesday.

The Dressed Down Coat

Whether you live in town or country, have kids or no kids, you need a dressed down, go-anywhere coat or jacket for those occasions when a smart coat just isn’t going to do – think school run, walks, park visits, pub nights, nipping to the shops…..This is why we are big fans of biker jackets and parkas. Cool, contemporary classics, these jackets really are go-anywhere pieces that will become a staple of your coat wardrobe. Yes, they’re dark, but by keeping the coat plain, you can let your clothes do the talking.  I’d throw this Biba biker over a bright floral dress or a knit for going out, while the Long Kalyn Puffa is just perfect over jeans or faux-leather leggings for cold winter days. The Faux Shearling Coat offers an alternative if you’re not a fan of black, whilst the parka is pure Kate Moss Cool. Looking for something to wear all weekend, every weekend? Then one of these is it….


Clockwise from top left: Hepworth parka, now £87.50 (was £125), Label Lab; Wide Sleeve jumper, £39.20 (was £49), Maison de Nimes; Skinny stripy funnel jumper, £39.20 (was £49) , Maison de Nimes; Leather Moto Cross Biker jacket, now £159.20 (was £199), Biba; Faux Shearling coat, £71.20 (was £89), Maison de Nimes; Kayln puff, £139, Phase 8

The Dressed Up Coat 

Never underestimate the power of the coat to make you look pulled together. It has transformative capabilities and can elevate the simplest outfit into something that means business. The word ‘effortless’ is overused in a sartorial context, but it’s definitely warranted here: a sharp coat over jeans, a cashmere crew neck or white shirt and fabulous shoes (heels or flats – I do not discriminate) is one of my default ‘look smart in seconds’ ensembles. I am also – so shoot me – a big fan of shoulder robing (or ‘shrobing’ as we were encouraged to call it), especially of an eve. It’s so chic. So Carrie-in-Paris when Sex and the City was essential viewing. You need this style of coat in your wardrobe.

What you want here is something sleek – nothing too bulky or heavy. Swish is good, belted is excellent, slim always works, longer length is fabulous if you can carry it off (I would snaffle the Lucy coat in an instant were I more gazelle-like). The instinct is to err towards something neutral – black, navy – but burgundy and (this season more than ever) red have a richness which will carry you through to Christmas (all those parties on the horizon….) A dash of military detailing is good – I love this Biba number and this slick black Linea coat would do work-to-evening nicely.


Clockwise from top left: Biba Military coat, £127.20 (was £159); Phase Eight belted coat, £160 (was £210); Label lab black coat, £104.30 (was £149); Biba red belted coat, £103.20 (was £129); Linea Kendra jumper, £32 (was £40); Maison de Nimes tassel jumper, £39.20 (was £49).


This post was in collaboration with House of Fraser.

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  • Reply
    October 17, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    The parka at bottom doesnt seem to ave a link ..just the hepworth one …would love to look at it , sorry!

    • Reply
      October 18, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Oops! I’m SO sorry. I’ve linked it now. It’s a really lovely one. I love the navy! xx

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