When shopping a winter staple as salient as the coat, you need to have options.
It’s all about structure with this season’s most on-trend outerwear
With just enough structure to be striking but not strict, doublebreasted coats are the new outerwear hero piece. Originally worn by the sporting type of the upper class in the late 19th century, especially in a checked fabric, the dual-fastened coat was popularised by the tastemaker of the times, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), who happens to have a plaid named after him.
While these modern styles may be modelled on the male prototype, they have been tweaked to suit a woman’s figure. With pockets in all the right places, they’re a secret weapon when layering up in cooler climates, creating curves without the bulk. This is still a masculine trend, make no mistake, but it can be softened with feminine tones of cream and caramel and enlivened with embellished accessories, such as this fun Coach carry-all.
The new length is mid-calf. It’s championed by savvy, street-style stars, who wear it either nonchalantly slung over their shoulders or open to show off the outfit underneath. It’s an effortless look – just make sure your hem can be seen below the coat. The easiest, most contemporary way to do this is to wear the cover-up over loose-leg trousers and ankle boots. Plaid patterns, such as the harlequin check of this Camilla and Marc number, have been seen on recent runways – from Burberry’s reinvention of their tan classic to Calvin Klein’s heritage brown interpretation. With such prestige as this, it’s well worth the investment.
Coat, $1800, by Camilla and
Marc. Bag, $1435, by Coach.