Each year around this time of year I become obsessed with adding winter coats to my collection. Nothing wrong with that I hear, they are kind of essential especially with the wintery weather we’ve been having, but how many is too many coats to own? So, I thought I would put together a shortlist of the 5 essential winter coat styles that every woman should own, plus my favourites out there to buy now.
A Classic Trench Coat
I do love a cinched-waist style coat and the classic trench, whether you opt for black or tan, is an essential coat for that in-between weather. I would love to say always go Burberry, they really are perfect and makes every outfit look effortless and glamorous, but they are only a go-to if you have the cash to splurge. I do however think the high street has some great options, my lightweight black beauty is from Next, it’s super soft to the touch, warm, weatherproof and I love the belted detailing and it has a wonderful waterfall collar to make it a little different. The thing with the classic trench coat is that it goes with everything, perfect to wear with jeans and looks great with an evening dress to keep the chill away.
A Camel Coat
A camel-coloured coat is my yearly goal, for me it has to be a slightly lighter shade than caramel for it to work across the board, as too dark and I don’t find it works well with pastel hues and too light it just makes me feel a little washed out, not picky am I!!! But once you find the right shade it will last you a lifetime, just stick to a classic silhouette for it to stand the test of time. Go for one with quality buttons, as cheap buttons spoil a coat, go for a strong collar, and one that hits just on, or below the knee, and invest in wool or luxe cashmere.
A Leather Jacket
So technically not a coat, but a biker-style leather jacket really is an essential all-year-round piece that never goes out of fashion and every woman should own, I just love how it is so versatile it can really take you from day to night. I’d say stick with black, then it can go with everything, but I’ve just fallen hard for a pastel blue version from Boden that I’ll share in an upcoming style post. Think rock-chic, don’t go for one with too many studs, embellishments or tassels on, as this will make it more of a trend piece rather than an investment, go-with-everything kind of coat. I’d also suggest going for a slightly smaller size. Think about what you are going to wear your leather jacket with most, if it’s just a statement tee, shirt or thin jumper then you will not have a problem with going a size down, if, however, you are thinking of wearing with chunky jumpers then stick to your normal size.
A Fun Colourful Coat
When you think colourful, you think trend related and not a classic, but just like my baby blue pastel beauty that I picked up in the Asos sale, a vibrant, fun, colourful coat really can cheer up any mood and outfit. I love this blue shade, it works well with so many colour options, but I also think a lilac, orange or electric blue number would work just as well. You just have to be prepared that it won’t go with everything, but that’s what your other coats are for!!
Trusty Black One
It wouldn’t be an essential coat list without including the trust black one, everyone has one because simply everything goes with black. There are so many options out there especially when it comes to black that you can go for something with a little more shape, more of a trend piece, as in black it will still look good next winter as well.
Other great options, go for a bold red one if you colour palette is mostly monochrome, add a faux fur option for cosy, glamorous eveningwear look, and don’t forget to make sure you have a great quality, well-tailored blazer, it will get you out of so many coat dilemmas that you can afford to go for something a little more expensive.
Which one would you add to your wardrobe this winter?