Ah, the coat. A shortcut to style if ever there was one. As Alex rightly pointed out
last week, buy now, or regret later. Also, time to weight up that classic purchase versus on-trend buy dilemma. Perhaps you can afford to do both, but if not, have we got the coat lowdown (the coatdown?) for you…
The checked coat combines two things: a nod to tradition and the ability to dress up a simple outfit by virtue of throwing pattern over plain. Wear it like a fashion editor over your shoulders. This one
is also red – a coat colour I discovered last year has enormous potential to cheer up a grey day. Team with a simple palette (black/grey/navy/white) a la Alexa [above
] for instant style. This one
looks far more expensive than it is (and combines two trends: checks and belted), and this one
would cheer up a simple jeans and jumper combo.
I confess that when I first spotted the sleeveless coat, my first response was one of profound scepticism. Belatedly, I realise the genius of it. It is, in fact, the perfect thing to wear right now: when it’s chilly but not freeeeezing, but you want more than a jacket can offer. Clever, no? Keep it simple and streamlined. This one is chic, chic, chic. And this proves that pale can be interesting.
Sleeveless belted coat in navy and oxblood, £50
Capes were very much in evidence on the catwalk for AW. I love the Maje cape as seen here on Damsel in Dior.
I also think the Stella McCartney Anouk number is a thing of joy and beauty forever. The price tag, however, is not. I accept that it is an investment buy, but, um, what if you have other things to invest in (a mortgage/childcare/daily coffee habit to sustain….)? In which case, I give you this
fabulous cape – which is sold out in my size, so please buy it if it’s available in yours. I’m also totally on board with the Sherlock vibe of this one
and the faux fur collar on this one
ticks off two trends.
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Images via Pinterest, main image is Chloe AW15