The thing with coats for spring…

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Ihave an en­tire wardrobe of coats. Not be­cause I’m a spoiled fash­ion ed­itrix – well, not – but be­cause I live in the UK. Ev­ery­thing I save on not buy­ing sum­mery dresses (it took me years to ad­mit there’s no point), I put to­wards coats, from trenches to wraps, sin­gle-breasted to mil­i­tary. And I wear all of them – es­pe­cially my spring­time sec­tion, which of­ten car­ries me over to early sum­mer and au­tumn.

Un­til re­cently, that meant long, un­lined cash­mere ones from Joseph. They feel like cardi­gans yet look smart, even over mid-chunky knits. They also pull what­ever you wear into fo­cus, in­clud­ing frayed jeans (the con­trast of plush cash­mere with denim and back­less loafers is one of fash­ion’s cur­rent best), with­out you wor­ry­ing whether the length cuts off at a point that makes your thighs or bot­tom big­ger. A long coat, as Mae West ob­served, can hide a mul­ti­tude of shins. Other Bri­tish la­bels are get­ting good at the spring coat. Goat’s are Jackie Kennedy-esque and Bri­tish-made. Har­ris Wharf spe­cialises in light, un­lined wools in sim­ple shapes and good colours. Jig­saw’s chic sin­gle-breasted, dou­ble-faced wool style called the Oval comes in red, pale blue and grey. I have one from last year in cream that in­stantly glam­or­ises an out­fit. I pre­fer un­pat­terned: a coat should pro­vide a sleek out­line to your over­all look. But that doesn’t pre­clude checks – I love Whis­tles’ Prince of Wales Jerry coat – or colour. If you’re tempted by brights but wary of com­mit­ting, a coat’s a good en­try point, as you prob­a­bly wear it only a cou­ple of hours a day. Or ease your­self in with Jaeger’s grey coat with apri­cot re­verse col­lars. And a good spring coat is warm. I can’t stress that enough. A coat that leaves you shiv­er­ing isn’t wor­thy of the name.

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