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.
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.