Of all the lovely things that autumn brings our way — golden leaves, cosy evenings — the purchase of a gorgeous new coat has to be one of the most welcome.
After the practical puffas we bundled ourselves up in last year, now is the time to indulge in something altogether more stylish. A proper, grown-up, beautifully-cut coat that makes an outfit sing. The High Street has delivered, with seven excellent options.
There are plush textures with fluffy faux fur in petrol blue at Hush (first on left) and luxe emerald lapels at L. K. Bennett, while an oversized caramel teddy coat at River Island makes an impact, especially if paired with some killer knee-high black boots.
Pictured left: FAUX FUR Coat, £189, hush-uk.com; dress, £275, Iris + Ink at outnet. com; bag, £110, jigsaw-online. com; and boots, £195, dune london.com. Pictured right: BELTED Coat, £295 and top, £65, jigsaw-online. com; jeans, £75, french connection. com; and boots, £329, lkbennett. com
TRENCH Coat, £379, allsaints.com; jumper, £24.90, uniqlo.com; skirt, £128, reiss.com; and boots, £220, boden.co.uk
If you want to go for pattern, a monochrome check will always be chic. Whistles has nailed it, so move fast as it’s bound to sell out (fourth from left).
For another elegant classic, Jigsaw’s signature Maxi City wool coat is an investment that will pay off (sixth from left). It features a strengthened under-collar, which means when you turn up the collar it will stay there. And the leather trench is back. If a black design feels a bit too Matrix, try a deep chocolate brown instead.
Pictured left: CHECK Coat, £349, whistles.com; top, £99, jigsawonline. com; and boots, £239, hushuk. com. Pictured right: LEATHER Coat, £389, hush-uk.com; sweater, £125, meandem.com; trousers, £138, reiss.com; bag, £130, jigsawonline. com; and boots, £85, charleskeith. co.uk
DOUBLE BREASTED Coat, £355, jigsawonline. com; jumper, £195 and skirt, £175, meandem.com; bag, £235, russelland bromley.co.uk; and boots, £150, dunelondon.com
For a trench with a versatile twist, All Saints’ rather clever 3-in-1 coat consists of a long, sleeveless gilet and a separate boxy, cropped jacket with contrasting black sleeves (third from left). The two pieces can be worn separately, or layered together. It’s a feat of engineering.
Now that we’re not stuck socialising outdoors, practicality can take a step back, and style can take centre stage.
QUILTED Coat, £299, and bag, £159, lkbennett.com; dress, £188, reiss.com; and boots, £220, dunelondon.com