"Go back upstairs and change, young lady." That sentence served as the soundtrack of my teenage years, and not because I dressed provocatively. Rather, I always seemed to miss the weather-appropriate mark. If it was hot, chances are I layered that day. Cold? I likely left my coat at school claiming I was warm enough only to arrive home, teeth chattering. Thankfully I've since overcome my inability to gauge what to wear for different seasons, and now, to my mother's delight, I'm one of those people who likes to be sartorially prepared at all times. And at this time of year, that calls for one thing: a hooded coat.
Once reserved for raincoats and little else, hoods have been cropping up on all sorts of sophisticated cover-ups lately. This makes me happy for two reasons: For one, they're significantly cosier than non-hooded outwear. Secondly, they cancel out the need for bulky brollies which will inevitably turn inside out upon the first gust of wind. Modelled in everything from rich wool to velvet, even classic camel coats now come with hoods built in.
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Don't just take my word for it, though—see them for yourselves. Keep scrolling to discover the best hooded coats that strike the perfect balance between chic and practical. If nothing else, just think how happy your mum will be when you turn up wearing one next time you visit.