Several winters ago, I purchased a rather beautiful coat from Zara. Khaki green wool with long studded sleeves, it was the perfect combination of chic and edgy, practical yet so very stylish. I adored that coat. Until, of course, I realised that every woman in London, probably the world also adored that coat. It was EVERYWHERE. It followed me in droves on the tube, popped up at the office and I even spotted it on Gossip Girl, because apparently even the upper echelons of Manhattan were not impervious to its studded charms. Since then I’ve been on the search for woollen beauties that are perfectly unique and not likely to be seen on the backs of every under 40 within a 20mile radius of a Zara. And I’ve learnt that whilst it’s difficult, it’s not impossible to find a beloved coat that is both reasonably priced, well made and uniquely stylish. Here’s my pick of the ones to look out for when you need something toastier than your bomber jacket.
& Other Stories are the coat makers of my dreams. Well made, using beautiful fabrics and always designed with a slightly off key touch that just makes them stand out. Take this camel number – camel coloured coats are generally code for super chic and grown up but the unusual shape means this style strikes the balance between elegant yet casual.
Ever since that pink coat from M&S a few years ago became crazy popular I didn’t think it would be possible to find a shade of pink that didn’t remind me of that VERY saccharine winter. Happily, this pale pink coat from Whistles is light enough to almost be a neutral and when paired with that classic cut is an ultimate winner.
There’s something very grown up and elegant about houndstooth and it has this magical way of always smartening up any outfit without looking too smart. This number from Hobbs cranks up the nonchalance with a light grey pattern and delightfully oversized pockets. Add a chelsea boot and unbrushed hair for a distinctly Chelsea look.