Purchasing a new winter coat isn't just about indulgence, it's about preparing yourself for more treacherous weather conditions. Behind this pursuit is a concern for ones health, therefore we shouldn't feel guilt about this particular shopping expedition...right? Glad you agree!
Unlike the majority of my friends I've never been a shoe or handbag fanatic, it has always been all about coats. Therefore I thought today's task would be pretty simple until it became clear how many on-trend options The Oracle have to offer.
During the car journey, I turned to the PLUS App (on Itunes http://apple.co/1JdwgD6 or Google Play http://bit.ly/1gwMFfj ) headed to the Discover tab and scrolled through all the shops listed under the Fashion tab. I know the way I dart from shop to shop may look somewhat haphazard but there really is a method to my shopping madness, and I do like to plan my shopping schedule ahead.
I also wanted to have a look through the Offers tab to see if there were any suitable deals going on. Before I had a stern word with myself I was going to schedule in trips to The Body Shop and Urban Decay to make the most of their complimentary treats. MUST STAY FOCUSSED!!
So let me tell you about some of my wondrous on trend discoveries......
Left to Right : Superdry, Hollister, Topshop, Zara
Perhaps the most impractical trend of the season, but if done correctly it can be one of those most striking!
The majority of the brands have gone for slightly less stark versions of the trend, opting for creamier options (far more flattering on the skin). Hollister and Topshop opted for super cuddly off white fur which are perfect to achieve boho style. Zara opted for snow white and sleeveless, while Superdry offered up the perfect outdoorsy and sporty puffa, which still managed to look super chic.
Left to Right : Jasper Conran (Debenhams), Zara , Oasis, Zara , Karen Millen (House of Fraser)
It hard not to fall in love with the romance, decadence and drama of a full length coat. The floor grazing numbers can be impractical (and hazardous), particularly in wet weather, but luckily the high street has taken this into consideration and hoiked up the hem.
Jasper Conran elongated a classic trench (with belt to cinch), while Zara opted for a mannish tweed number. I just loved the mustardy cardigan coat from Zara, which is effortlessly stylish and perfect for the warmer Autumn days. Karen Millen had the most stunning classic camel coat for the sophisticates looking to make an investment.
Left to Right :Julian McDonald (Debenhams), Zara, Topshop, SuperDry
There are so many ways one can salute this trend. One way is to hunt out coats in traditional military khaki shades. Or you could use your inner magpie to find coats decorated with polished gold or brass buttons etc....
Julian McDonalds black coat was classic, with it's column of buttons and classic shape. Zara's navy wool coat was similarly iconic but resting at hip level. Topshop subverted the classic interpretation offering, up a sequinned camo bomber. If you want to add a moss green to your wardrobe, this Superdry coat was perfection.
Left to Right: Zara, Zara, Dickins & Jones (House of Fraser), Topshop, H! by Henry Holland for Debenhams, Barber (House of Fraser)
Don't dismiss the allure of tweed. It is no longer a fabric just for country folk. Due to designers experimenting with the heritage design, it now comes in a plethora of forms and colours.
Zara had oodles of examples, these two, with their enlarged tweet and autumnal colours were my favourites. The yellow and green hybrid by Dickins and Jones was a refreshing new take, while Topshop maintained a traditional slant. I adore the addition of vampy red/black fur by Henry and the cool relaxed fit of the jacket. Barber...well what can I say, It's a classic piece.
A Touch of Fur
Left to Right: Biba (House of Fraser), Gray and Willow (House of Fraser), Hollister, New Look, House of Fraser, Precis at Debenhams
This trend can be utilised for casual day coats as well as glam evening coats. Biba was at the glamorous end of the scale, teaming a large jet black collar with electric blue - a real statement coat. Skandi brand Gray and Willow showcased stylish simplicity with numerous wonderfully warm options. Hollister's classic fur hooded parka will be on trend for many seasons to come, as will New Looks versatile day-to-evening black coat. If you like Berry hues to warm up your A/W palette then head to Precis Debenhams and House of Fraser.
So, what did I buy?
I debated whether to follow my heart and go for a coat hugely impractical for a clumsy person like myself, or go for a classic and elegant design that may be useful for years to come. In the end I purchased this stunning Zara coat with it's overused fur colour and 3/4 flared sleeves. Perfect for wintery evening's out.
I've got the coat, I just need to work on my social life now.
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