I’m a coat hoarder, I love wrapping up warm and as a result my wardrobe has become packed filled with coats of all varieties – from my new fav, the Next pink check beauty **which FYI is in the sale at £35** that has a Clueless vibe about it, to a Paddington Bear duffle that is the just so cosy teamed with a chunky jumper, and even the most unflattering puffa jacket that once upon a time I thought were cool, which now I realise were never cool and still can’t seem to part with.
With a chill in the air it sadly feels like autumn all of a sudden, so I thought it was the right time to share some of the behind-the-scene snaps from the Never Underdressed shoot I took part in a few weeks ago to help them choose the ultimate selection of winter coats.
With hundreds to choose from it was a hard decision, plus a little dangerous for my bank balance as I now have a very long wish list of coats that I have to add to my wardrobe!!! Every trend you could imagine was represented – of course pink, lots of pink in every candy, sugary and bold shade you can think of, textures, stripes, prints, patterns, black, classic – everything was there.
Staying clear of the dark coats, mainly because we all have a black winter coat, I focused on the brights, the textured beauties and the pinks. Of course my favourite had to be one of the most expensive, I promise I didn’t mean to, but I put this oversized mustard Max Mara ‘Greta’ coat on before I even realised where it as from or its price, and at £1.300 it is a little out of my budget.
Another favourite had to be the bright pink Hobbs one I have on in the group shot, but I also love Kristabel’s H&M soft pink hue, which is a bargain at £70, and the ASOS vintage style cocoon coat that everyone has been coveting, I spoke to the press team and apparently more stock is on its way so keep checking.
I also loved Charlie May in the Sandro shearling biker, Isabelle in the AllSaints’ Klein Contrast coat and Never Underdressed’s assistant editor Kelly in her gorgeous Carven beauty. This year there are so many great coats to choose from.
The full edit of all our favourites, with us all modelling lots of coats, will be on Never Underdressed some time this week – don’t worry I won’t let you miss it I will of course share it on Twitter!!!
Have you already picked out your winter coat?
Big thank’s to the Never Underdressed team – it was such a fun day dressing up in coats!!!
Shopping for winter coats can be stressful, you have to pick something that you are going to love for the whole season, it has to go with literally everything, plus it has to be warm but not too warm that you can’t wear layers.
For autumn/winter 2013, it seems that everyone has delivered and there are so many amazing coats to choose from – whether you are after a chic cocoon style, an oversized beauty, a tailored classic, or after that pop of pink.
One of the brands that really impressed me with their AW13 collection had to be Hobbs and when I was checking out their winter coats for women I was literally spoilt for choice – they literally have every trend covered.
For a modern cover-up that still makes a statement the Maisie is one of my favourites – I love the bold colour, the mid-thigh length, and most of all the double-breasted design makes for a clean silhouette that will make this coat work comfortably over a dress as well as with jeans. Love the design but not the colour, this beauty also comes in black for a timeless winter coat that you will get out each season.
Oversized coats are one of this season’s biggest trends, but can seem like one of the scariest, go for styles that don’t necessarily look too big for you but rather ones that exaggerate the style like the Daisey. This light grey coat is super comfortable on, I have tried it on three times deciding whether it is the one for me, and I love the oversized collar, the cocoon shape as well as the contemporary finish of the colour and single button. Just remember with oversized styles to balance the proportions with streamlined pieces underneath.
A classic that never goes out of style is the trench coat, but rather than just going for black or stone Hobbs have an exquisite moss-green shade that will make you stand out this winter. Featuring all the details you would expect from a trench – the Persephone has a contemporary feel about it with the bold colour and the length falling below the knee.
So I have covered modern, oversized and classic – but one of my favourite trends this winter has to be the pink explosion and Hobbs has the Lacey, an oversized and loose-fitting style that keeps it feminine with the vibrant Orchid hue and dropped shoulders. With ankle grazing jeans, a white shirt and black pointy heels this coat will not only look incredible but keep you warm.
So which Hobbs coat is your favourite? I think the Lacey is getting my vote – but the Persephone is a close second.
[Blog post in collaboration with Hobbs]
One of the brands that surprised me during the autumn/winter 2013 press days had to be Hobbs, I’ve heard such good things from the retailer from my friends, but I have to be honest I don’t regularly shop there.
For AW13 the offering is really strong and directional – with incredible bold tailored coordinated pieces, gorgeous oversized, mannish coats, and super flattering full skirts and items with delicate detailing on such as cut-work lace and scalloped edged collars.
There is an elegance about the new collection, that you would expect from Hobbs, but also a more fashion-forward feel – it really has stepped up for autumn/winter to rival Jaeger for contemporary womenswear with an edge.
One of the highlights of the collection for me has to be the gorgeous ‘Persephone’ tapestry-inspired silk printed matching pieces, the green print really made an impact at the preview, and the model look incredible wearing the trousers, shirt, coat and bag together. For everyday life maybe this look is a tad too bold, but I think the trousers and coat could totally work together with a more neutral top.
There were a lot of other pieces that stood out from the oversized mannish windowpane checked coat to the dress worn over a shirt and trousers, and the gorgeous feminine details of the Hobbs N.W.3 collection.
But what really caught my eye was the strength of its accessories collection, especially its Italian-made footwear from cute brogues from the traditional to the heeled to the boot variety, leopard-print ankle boots and wear all-day long stacked court shoes. This really is a great place to look for new classic shoes this season.
Are you a fan of Hobbs? Let me know in the comments below what you think of the autumn/winter 2013 collection.
The collection has already started to drop online and in store – to help you get started on your autumn wardrobe I have picked out some of my favourite pieces below: