COATS

When shop­ping a win­ter sta­ple as salient as the coat, you need to have op­tions.

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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.

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