10 most wanted autumn coats
Just like that, the kids are back at school, the pumpkin spice lattes have returned and you’re selecting your winter coat investments. Fortunately, we can assist with the latter. Undoubtedly one of the biggest buys of the season - and the centrepiece of your autumn wardrobe – getting your coat right will ensure sartorial success in the months to come.
So where to start? Both practical and stylish, coats should be comfortable and warm enough to cosy into, yet able to transcend occasions, roomy enough to layer up in during the coldest moments (see Balenciaga AW18 for layering inspo) and be able to bring a number of outfits together. To help, we’ve done the hard bit for you and handpicked the very best coats we have to offer.
1. Think pink
If there's one item that your friends will want to steal this season, it's a candy cane pink coat. Surprisingly easy to wear – try pairing with denim, black and even red – a vibrant wool number like this one from Gant is guaranteed to lift your mood on greying autumn days.
Gant, Long Line Button Tailored Coat, £295
2. Trench dressing
From Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer to Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, trench coats have become something of a wardrobe classic. Unrivalled in both versatility and elegance, they’ve become the perfect go-to for most coating occasions, and this oversized design from Linea is no exception. Throw over a midi dress during the week and pair with jeans and trainers on a weekend for an instant shot of Parisian chic.
Linea, Cheri Oversized Trench, £129
3. Biker chic
If you love your leather jacket and hate to see it relegated to the back of your closet come winter, it’s time to invest in a biker jacket. This relaxed number from Whistles makes the perfect substitute. Layer over printed midi dresses and team with the season’s biggest boot trend, the hiking boot.
Whistles, Mix Faux Fur Biker Jacket, £195
4. I woke up like this
It's a lazy girl's dream come true, as this season sees the resurgence of the nightwear as daywear trend. Dip your toe into the trend by teaming this PJ-style blazer over a turtle neck and denim. Step it up a gear by pairing with a slinky cream cami. And if you want to go all out, add wide-flowing palazzo pants and a pair of velvet heels.
JDY, Floral Tie Up Blazer, £30
5. Ckeck, please!
For an instant shot of hot-off-the-press trend in your style portfolio, just add a touch of check, mate. Autumn’s love affair with checked tweeds and heritage weaves shows no sign of becoming a thing of the past, so if there's a pattern to cover up with this season, it's a check. Pair this stylish retro piece with smart separates to the office and clash with your favourite floral dress come the weekend.
Hallhuber, Glen Check Coat, £149
6. Have a duvet day
The fashion world wants us to bunker down and keep cosy this winter with a sense of clothes as urban armour. Whether you’re stalking the mean streets, or battling the elements, take a functional, sports-inflected puffer with you. There's a quilted style for everyone, from belted to cropped - so take your duvet day on the road.
Barbour, Lomond Quilted Coat With Detachable Collar, £189
7. Teddy bear's picnic
Our fuzzy favourite of the season, the faux-fur coat is back and we couldn't be happier. These polished pieces range from quirky and bold to classic, sleek and black - but style aside, the versatility of a faux-fur coat cannot be underestimated. They look classically chic with jeans and boots as well as draped over an evening dress. This cosy, spice-hued Free People number is, faux real, our most desired choice.
Free People, Mena Faux Fur Coat, £108
8. Suit up
Blazers have been ruling the fashion pack for some time now and it's set to continue into winter. Go for cool, cropped shapes or longer tuxedo lines with smart trousers for a match made in power-dressing heaven. When the winter chills set in, slip on a slim turtle neck and layer over your wool coat for a chic and smart look that nails the season’s layering trend.
French Connection, Colour Block Suiting Fitted Blazer, £160
9. It's a cinch
Be cosy, cool and the source of many covetous glares in a soft, belted coat. Take a memo from the autumn/winter 2018 runways and choose a style oversized enough to hunker down in, and long enough to graze the shins. This Armani Exchange piece will look equally as chic over sharp tailoring and the season's must-have slouchy boots, as it will with an evening dress of choice.
Armani Exchange, Long Line Tie Waist Contrast Lining Coat, £270
10. The wild card
Those of you with a penchant for leopard print will know that the quest for the perfect spot is no easy task. Luckily for us, Max Mara have delivered a brilliant spotted treat that demands your attention. Classic-coloured leopard print in rich autumnal shades will compliment your fall wardrobe colour palette, and provide a pick-me-up to any off duty outfit.
Max Mara Weekend, Single Breast Coat, £560