It’s the start of chic mid-winter and you need a coat. But if you found yourself digging in the back of your wardrobe and wrenching out your favourite only to find it faded, ripped and wrinkled, now is the time to start your new season outerwear research.
Selecting your winter go-to requires balancing warmth and style. Thankfully, the trend for cosy duvet coats is going nowhere, championed by the down-loving designers at Balenciaga and Balmain. When in doubt, go for dark. If you already have plenty of navy, eye-catching shots of colour were a Fashion Week favourite, popping up at Kenzo, Ami and Marni during the AW21 season. Find our top picks below. Keep calm, and get your coats on...
So much more than plain diamond quilting, there’s room to be experimental with stitching and patterns here. Frankie Shop is the influencer choice and come super-sized with a waved stitch. On the high street, & Other Stories has a similar version, while Stand Studio has taken the classic diamond to the next notch in a shiny faux leather. Ganni has gone futuristic with asymmetric cuts, while Rixo has added tie-up collars and delicate floral prints to keep theirs sweet. Snug options for all.
L - R: & Other Stories, Quilted Coat, £135, stories.com; Rixo, Cleo Ditsy Bunch Black, £325, rixo.co.uk; Ted Baker, Leeonie Lightweight padded Jacket, £164, tedbaker.com; Ganni, High-neck quilted recycled-fibre ripstop coat, £325, matchesfashion.com; Stand Studio, Dorothea diamond-quilted coat, £538, farfetch.com
These are an investment but you can dress them up — Rihanna wears hers with a silk scarf on head, leather bustier corset and heels — or go low-key like J-Lo, who paired her oversized Coach jacket with tights and Timberlands. These classic sheared lambskins took Paris Fashion Week by storm during the AW21 collections, notably at Gabriela Hearst’s Chloé debut. American label A.L.C. make them for country walks and city streets in equal measure, with statement buttons and fluffy pockets. For more wallet (and vegetarian) friendly options, find faux at Stand Studio, Cos and Whistles.
L - R: Giuliva Heritage, The Rosella shearling coat, £3,815, net-a-porter.com; Saks Potts, Bonnie shawl-collar suede and shearling coat, £2030, selfridges.com; Chloé, Shearling coat, £6,190, net-a-porter.com; A.L.C, Brunswick oversized faux shearling coat, £595, net-a-porter.com; Stand Studio, Camille cocoon coat, £399, featherandstich.com
Big and boxy
Boxy and oversized tailoring is the trend that never really went away, but thanks to Kim Kardashian and her new affinity with Balenciaga, it’s better than ever. The rule when choosing is easy: biggest is best. Seek them out long enough to brush along the floor or with top-heavy shoulder pads. For the AW21 runways, Gucci sent square silhouette overcoats with turquoise monograms out, while Isabel Marant went wide and slouchy. River Island and Zara do some of the best for less, in monochrome patterned wool and deeper shades of red, but for the Balenciaga effect, head to Scandi brand Samsøe Samsøe which does Matrix-looking moments the style-set love.
L - R: Isabel Marant, Lojima Coat, £610, isabelmarant.com; Samsøe Samsøe, Falcon coat, £350, samsoe.com; Zara, Wool Blend Masculine Coat, £129 zara.com; River Island, Black Herringbone Double Breasted Coat, £90, riverisland.com; Eytys, Genesis Coat, £500 eytys.com
The pick this winter is pink, but if the garish neon shades at Rodarte and River Island feel overboard, you can keep it dusty with Moschino. Green is another go-to. Find electric and two-toned at Essentiel Antwerp or well-cut corduroy with Prada. If you do want to offset the single colour, bring on the brocade. Dries van Noten’s are the best, in lime with creamy florals.
L - R: Jacquemus, Crop puffer jacket, £ 1,020, mytheresa.com; Dries Van Noten, Floral brocade coat, £985, mytheresa.com; Prada, Corduroy coat, £2,600, prada.com; River Island, Pink Belted Double Breasted Coat, £110, riverisland.com; Jakke, Rita Coat Azure Blue, £199, jakke.co.uk
A classic and, for the new season, subtle twists and new shades make check a sure choice. Take Grace Wales Bonner, the upcoming British designer, who added a statement leather collar and cinching belt to make hers sleek. Valentino did them black and white with a jumbo-size print for its AW21 collection, Vivienne Westwood paired hers with a matching kilt and Ashish went all-out with confectionery colour. If multi-shade sounds tempting, head to Baum und Pferdgarten for striking orange and blue. For more extreme weather? Mackage, the Canadian coat company, does a windproof and water-repellent plaid coat which promises warmth up to -10C.
L - R: Baum und Pferdgarten, Danja Coat, €369, baumundpferdgarten.com; Mackage, Sage, 2-in-1 mixed media trench coat with bib, £950, mackage.com; All Saints, Bree check wool blend coat, £399, allsaints.com; Wales Bonner, Leather collar checked wool-blend coat, £1,850, matchesfashion.com; Alexa Chung, Double-breasted houndstooth tweed coat, £575, net-a-porter.com