5 Things to know about great coats

The Habits founder and de­signer is known for her clas­sic in­vest­ment pieces, and a bril­liant coat is surely one of those. Her tips, here.

Glamour (South Africa) - - News - By de­signer Jenny le Roux

1Start clas­sic We’re blessed with short win­ters in SA, so start off with a clas­sic coat that lasts mul­ti­ple sea­sons without go­ing out of fash­ion. My sug­ges­tion: a calf-length, dou­ble-breasted coat in the dark­est navy you can find. Navy is classy, more in­ter­est­ing than black and won’t stain eas­ily.

Go for a nat­u­ral fi­bre like wool, but if you live in a cold area, mel­ton will keep you cosy. For a day­time al­ter­na­tive, try a wool-blend navy blazer that you can pair with jeans or straight-leg trousers.

2Then try the trends Once you have your clas­sic coat, you can add an up­dated style to your wardrobe. Vel­vet is big, go for a vel­vet coat in a de­sign that’s long and ki­monos­tyle with a com­ple­men­tary vest in black, pur­ple, red, blue or green. Again, dark colours give longevity. For ver­sa­til­ity, look for a light­weight, re­versible, weath­er­proof travel coat, espe­cially if it has a hood, and big front pock­ets for a pass­port and cell­phone when you’re on the move. And an an­i­mal-print faux fur adds glam­our for evening af­fairs. Wear it with an LBD and killer heels!

3Keep your op­tions open If you don’t like heavy­duty coats, throw a wrap over a knit for the lay­ered look, or try a parka or Sherpa jacket ( great with skinny jeans and boots).

4 Add de­tail State­ment jew­ellery adds in­ter­est, or drape a print or bright scarf over your shoul­ders. But be min­i­mal if you’re wear­ing vel­vet, as it’s a bold, luxe state­ment in it­self.

5Take care Use struc­tured wooden hang­ers, then have your coat dry-cleaned at the end of win­ter and fold it flat for stor­age. Moth­balls or san­dal­wood fresh­en­ers keep in­sects away.

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