I was completely captivated by the immense choice of coats on my recent shopping trip but my budget, unfortunately, just wouldn`t let me have them all. These staple garments may be pricier than other items but you`ll be investing in the longevity of the piece. Quality and fabric play a big role so if you`re looking to update your current outerwear take note of some key styles which have hit the shelves over the last few weeks.
Ultimately, deciding on the perfect coat all depends on your lifestyle and personality whether you want to stick to what you know or step outside your comfort zone. From check prints to cool bikers and classic trenches to oversized wonders, inspiration has been taken directly from the catwalk bringing the creativity to a whole new wondrous level.
Different shapes have been introduced into the upcoming season to offer softer less structured silhouettes. Bigger is definitely better when it comes to cocoon coats which will help you to achieve a laidback feel. Alternatively boyfriend style outerwear fits in perfectly with the androgyny trend – just up the glam factor by choosing a design in a rich burgundy or deep purple.
Gwen Coat, £329.00 from Hobbs
Henry Holland Zip Pocket Coat, £79.00 from Debenhams
A biker jacket has always remained a timeless piece so to carry on its stylish appeal it`s been given a slight update for the colder months. For AW13 these wardrobe staples come in long-line lengths in boucle and wool blends for a luxury rock chic vibe. For women who are after a statement print to flaunt opt for check. Plaids, grids and tartans are so-in right now so what better way to nail this trend than with a gorgeous coat. Pure fashion genius!
Biker Coat, £189.00 from Mint Velvet
Collarless Dropped Sleeve Check Coat, £399.00 from Jaeger
Normally once summer is over we have to say farewell to feminine colours and welcome in more of a darker palette, but one of autumn`s hottest hues to make a stand against the sombre shades is lovely pink. From dusty rose to rich fuchsia, these beautiful coloured coats will make for an iconic autumn buy. Go all out in texture with a faux fur coat for wearable luxury. They pack a major style punch and are comfortable and warm. Team your fluffy garment with jeans and boots during the day then throw it on over a dress in the evening for classic vintage dressing.
Jonathan Saunders Kelly Coat, £155.00 from Debenhams
Teddy Fur Pea Coat, £79.00 from Topshop
Other key coat styles to keep an eye out for include capes, belted styles which will add shape to boyish frames or accentuate curves, trench coats which boast kitsch hearts and animal prints and panelled designs for a contemporary take on colour blocking. This ultimate edit of coats covers all aspects you could possibly want for in-style and on-trend dressing for AW13.
Pied a Terre Block Coat, £189.00 from House of Fraser
Long Trench Coat, £299.00 from Jaeger