Here in the UK, we have become pretty adept at the art of good outwear. We spend roughly 80% of the year cocooned in coats, so it figures that they should become a key part of our year-round capsule. I like to consider myself a bit of a coat aficionado and over the years have tried to identify the styles that are worth the investment in the long run.
While there will always be a place in our wardrobes for those clean-lined classics (you can't go wrong with a tailored coat in navy or black, IMO), I have also found that timeless doesn't always have to mean minimalist. Sometimes a pop of colour or statement fabric can be a fun way to add interest to your cold-weather basics. It's just about keeping your mind open and considering what will fit well into both your life and your wardrobe.
Now that November is in full swing, it's time to take stock and have a browse through the best coat styles that are hitting the stores right now. I've stuck to trends that I believe will pack plenty of mileage in the long run, so you know your hard-earned cash will be put to good use. From fuzzy textures to puffers, scroll down to see the new-season coats I'm coveting right now.
1. The Fuzzy-Texture Coat
There's something so effortlessly glamorous about a luxe, fuzzy-textured coat. Wear it oversized and draped over everything from knitted separates to party-ready slip dresses.
2. The Tailored Coat
If I had to recommend one coat style for truly timeless appeal, I would have to choose the tailored coat. It comes in a variety of iterations, so you can choose from printed or plain, longline or thigh-grazing, oversized or fitted.
Having a moment in the spotlight in 2020, the puffer coat was a godsend when we were all making our 100th circuit of the local park in freezing temperatures. Now it's here to stay. Whether you opt for a chunky puffer or a more refined quilted style, this is sure to keep you cosy all season long.
4. The Wrap Coat
The wrap coat bears a close resemblance to the traditional tailored coat. However, its waist-tie fastening and draped fit give it a more laid-back, luxe feel. Very Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Totême's checked style is the dream buy.
5. The Trench Coat
With a long history dating back to the First World War, the trench coat is well embedded into fashion history books. The style is now a mainstay in the wardrobes of men and women alike and never fails to add old-school elegance to any ensemble.