Finding the perfect winter coat

 

As the nights grow darker and the temperature gets colder it’s time to invest in a winter cover up!

The weather has been absolutely awful lately – days of endless rain, sharp winds and a chill that signifies winter as arrived. It’s time to prepare your wardrobe once again and get ready to transition from autumn into the frostier season in one stylish step! But how do you pick the perfect winter coat? It’s an investment piece that will last you a good few winters – even if you get bored next year you’ll still rely on it to change up your look from time to time.

I myself have just gone through the same predicament. A few years ago I purchased a tailored military coat from Karen Millen – it was structured, fitted and showed exactly who was in control – I adored it and coveted it from the moment I first laid eyes on it…and I still do. However, I’ve always wanted a coat with a hood to keep me covered in freak showers and, alas, this coat doesn’t have one. So, it sits in my wardrobe awaiting some smart occasion to be worn to and indeed it has already been worn on a recent trip to London, but it’s time for a new look.

I’m an avid fan of smart, sophisticated military styles, but this season I have decided to look at my other options. This is what I found, both online and on the High Street…

1. Military Coat

Karen Millen Military
Military Coat by Karen Millen

Here is a darker version of my own – you can see how well cut and tailored it is, which is reflected in the price, but this cover up is a chic piece that will last you from year to year and its military style will never go out of fashion! Double breasted with waist cinching belt and branded Karen Millen metalwork this piece is one of the best military style coats I have seen around.

2. Pea Coat

Pea Coat by River Island
Pea Coat by River Island

The pea coat was originally worn by sailors (probably why I love the style – I’m quite smitten with navy designs)! This outer coat is a short piece, usually sitting just below the hip – depending on how tall you are and features a double breasted finish. Ive recently just discovered that this style, when designed for women, is called a Jackie O jacket, which makes me love it even more!

3. Cocoon Coat

Cocoon Coat by Definitions at Very.co.uk
Cocoon Coat by Definitions at Very.co.uk

As some of you may know I write women’s fashion for Very.co.uk and as part of their AW13 season I was so excited to write about this boyfriend cocoon jacket. I love the three different colours – pink to make your winter wardrobe pop, black for that classic and timeless look and monochrome animal print for that edge the catwalks loved. In an oversized cut, this boxy shape frames you beautifully for a touch of retro styling with a contemporary twist.

4. Cape Coat

Cape Coat by Mango
Cape Coat by Mango

Perhaps it’s Miranda Kerr’s cute modelling campaign, but I’m loving Mango at the minute (in fact I have one of their books on my desk in work right now and enjoy a sneaky flick of the pages when no-ones looking)! This cape coat features all the styles I covet – the military influence, leather accents and a beautiful shape that makes for an edgy urban rework of Little Red Riding Hood. However, that’s just it. This coat has everything apart from a hood!

5. Duffle Coat

Duffle Coat by BHS
Duffle Coat by BHS

After a long look around I finally came across this little gem…the Duffle coat. It has everything…it’s warm, has great shape, cute wooden toggle fastenings, a luxe texture and, most importantly, a hood that’s trimmed with faux fur! I already have a smart coat and this is just a little run around that makes me look fun and girly when running errands during the day and stylish when caught in a rain shower (that has happened twice now)! And what’s more, it was a really reasonable price from BHS – a retailer I have NEVER bought from in my life, but now I just think whatever! I know what I want and I’ll get it from where I like!

So I’ve shared with you my must have coat for this winter, what’s yours?

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