Given the recent chill and stormy weather, now feels as good a time as any to talk coats. Yes, it's a topic we've been covering for the past couple of months already, but as we finally find ourselves fully immersed in winter, it's now that the biggest coat trends have truly become known. These are the coats that feel the freshest and are yet to be overdone, making them the ideal addition to your outerwear line-up should you be looking to fill a gap or simply want to start 2022's first cold weeks on a sartorial high.
As style people, we're always looking to our favourite brands and fashion friends on Instagram to inform what's new and what's next. And when it comes to coats, we've clocked six trends that will be the most important for the rest of the season. From the shade that never fails to look chic (but that you'll ultimately want to keep any mulled wine at arm's length from) to the cute fastening that might leave you feeling nostalgic for your youth, continue on to see which coat trends will ensure you enter 2022 on a stylish note—and that you'll also love to wear for years to come.
1. SUPER SHEARLING
Style Notes: Shearling has been bubbling under the surface for a while now, but it seems that trend has finally peaked. Instead of merely lining coats, the fabric is now gracing the exterior of this season’s hottest outerwear. Totême’s real-shearling option is proving to be a favourite amongst the fashion set, but there are plenty of faux iterations at your disposal should you have a budget.
Style Notes: When it comes to choosing a winter coat, checks are always reliable. Timeless, yes, but becoming tedious? Maybe that's a bit harsh—we still love wearing our checked coats after all—but if you're looking to change things up a bit, turn your attention to herringbone. Black and white in a tiny chevron print, this traditional weave is as everlasting as checks but will give your outerwear collection a point of difference.
Style Notes: It's time to channel your inner silver-screen starlet because furry-collared and cuffed coats are the throwback trend making a serious impact this winter. Whether it's the Insta-famous Saks Potts style or one of the high street's impressive homages, this is a coat that wants all the attention and is not afraid who knows it.
4. FULL CREAM
Style Notes: Not so much of a trend but more of an observation—cream coats are everywhere right now and more prevalent on our social media feeds than ever before! Prone to staining, they're not the most practical coat you could opt for, but if looking sleek is your priority, then this is the way to go.
Style Notes: Perhaps it's something to do with the fact that The Matrix is set to return to our screens, but chances are the leather coat's return is simply because, well, they're just so darn sleek. Of course, there are a plethora of black options out there, but we're taken with some of the lighter tones that are currently trending in fashion circles.
6. BUILT-IN SCARVES
Style Notes: Does deciding which scarf to wear with your winter coat cause you any stress? If so, then this is the trend for you—we're seeing more and more coats coming with scarves built in, streamlining the accessorising process in a very pleasing way.