Oh, hello, coat weather. I've missed you. I have no doubt that in approximately three weeks, I'll be complaining about your biting winds and dark mornings, but for now, I'll enjoy the moderate climes that October brings and relish the outerwear pieces that didn't get any airtime last year. Luckily, this year is set to be a particularly joyful one for coats thanks to the influx of statement styles that designers have sent down the runway. Outerwear lovers, this one's for you.
Of course, I will always have space in my wardrobe for those classic camel coats and practical puffers, but there's something about Prada's use of cobalt blue and the artisanal charm of Sea NY's patchwork that feels fresh, exciting and representative of my renewed enthusiasm for getting dressed up. That's not to say that these statement coats can't be worn with autumnal staples—on the contrary, they make for the perfect counterbalance to more simple silhouettes.
For the new season MATCHESFASHION.COM pairs fashion’s power players with emerging designers and I've taken four key coats from their autumn collection and styled them with pieces you will likely already have in your wardrobes. And while these coats may be statement pieces, you might just find that they're the best investments you'll make this year. Scroll down to see and shop my outfits.
1. Sea NY Quilted Coat
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Style Notes: Balance out the artisanal charm of Sea NY's patchwork coat with clean-lined separates and a pair of sturdy Dr. Martens.
Style Notes: Stand Studio's checkered coat makes a return this season after having a moment in the spotlight in 2020. I would recommend bringing a little polish via tailored trousers and a forest-green shirt.
Style Notes: While it might be an obvious choice, I can't help but bring out the retro undertones in Gucci's logo trench with a denim midi skirt, ruffled blouse and knee-high boots. After all, you don't need to mess with the classics.