My Top 5 Winter Coats

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Seeing as the weather is getting colder and colder each day, the one staple piece everybody needs in their wardrobe is of course a coat. There are so many different styles, colours and fabrics, I thought I'd help you out a little and share with you my top 5 styles; boyfriend, fur, cape, blazer and duster.

BOYFRIEND

boyfriend fashion high street winter coats

This has to my favourite style out of my top 5. I just love things that are oversized, and with a boyfriend coat you can really accentuate the silhouette. The brushed checked coat from ASOS brings in styles from both the cocoon and duster with the rounded silhouette and elongated length, but still makes for a great boyfriend feel. Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you can't bring back the summer florals with this printed piece from Karen Millen. I love the choice of colours; it really fits in with the season, but still brings in some vibrancy. Something that is sticking to the winter colour trend is the boiled wool jacket from Fashion Union. The dark colour and heavyweight fabric fits in literally with the boyfriend style, but is still a contemporary piece. I love the cropped rounded silhouette with the 'River' boyfriend coat from Motel. The ribbed wool texture makes for a great cosy piece for those cold nights, plus the blush pink is a great alternative for those winter tones. My favourite piece is the checked coat from River Island. I just love the 80's blazer feel it has about it, and you can really make a statement with the Prince Of Wales check, which also brings in subtle tones of pink and orange.

FAUX FUR

fur fashion high street winter coats

Wearing a fur coat (faux of course) is the easiest way to turn any outfit into a chic and sophisticated look. The boxy coat from Forever 21 is as casual as a fur jacket can get. It's a great piece to style up a pair of jeans and a simple tee. Still going with the casual theme, this short fur coat from Zara is another option. The beaming yellow is perfect to add a little colour to your winter palette. The soft shaggy jacket from Oh My Love is perfect to glam up your winter looks for those nights out. It's very simple in silhouette, but it will just add a little something new. When you think about fur, it doesn't necessarily have to be the traditional fur coats. If you're not into fur, this faux shearling jacket from Topshop is a great alternative. The monochrome palette will work with any piece in your wardrobe, and the raw edge continues with the minimal neutral feel. Even though this is a little out of my comfort zone, I am completely in love with the fur waistcoat from H&M. The inky blue tone, long fur, and faux leather side inserts makes for a really stylish piece.

Thank you to @helloaycan for helping me find the best winter coat #fbloggers

CAPE

cape fashion high street winter coats

There has always been a very "mature" label placed on capes, but hopefully these 5 beauties will help you change your mind. The houndstooth cape from Zara has to be my ultimate favourite. It's got a real 60's feel about it with its print and monochrome palette, which will compliment your choice of coloured outfit. For something more traditional, a black tailored cape from Misguided or Lavish Alice is ideal. These will look great paired with an evening dress, or even using it as a way of adding tailoring to your daily look. If you want to go even more traditional, how about a heritage check cape from Topshop. I think some people are a little afraid of this print, but it will look great paired with red peg leg trousers, and a roll neck sweater. Another great find from Zara, is the knitted cape. I just love the silhouette the cape creates, and the heavyweight wool is definitely a must for the winter.

BLAZER

blazer fashion high street winter coats

A blazer is a definitely one piece you should have in your wardrobe, they're just an easy way to help change up your outfit. I love the 'Cross Your Heart' blazer from Sister Jane; it's got a real little red riding hood feel about it (despite it not actually having a hood, but at least it's red). With its three-quarter length sleeves and lightweight fabric, it will add some vibrant colour to your chosen outfit. For a more traditional look, the 'First Class' blazer from Goldie is a go to. It's a very tailored piece, but still very chic and classic, and the colour is to die for! If you need something to add to a simple look, the sleeveless blazer from Topshop is a must. I love the oversized flapped pockets, and with the neutral grey shade, it will go with anything. For something a little more casual, all you need is an open-front blazer from Forever 21. It's a light piece, so it's perfect for those days when you're not quite sure what is going on with the weather. If you're looking for something a little edgier, I would go with the grey check panelled blazer from River Island. It has a bit of twist to the traditional blazer with faux leather inserts across the shoulders and back yoke, an inverted collar, and a double pocket feature.

DUSTER

duster fashion high street winter coats

As a person who is vertically challenged (short), I tend to keep far far away from duster coats as they really do drown me out, but while I was on my coat searching mission, I have come across a few that I think will work with my petite height. The floral jacquard from Topshop is a cropped duster; It's sort of like a relaxed blazer and a chic kimono rolled into one. I just love the low lapel and floral texture. Another cropped style is the pocket front duster from New Look. This also has a 60's feel about it with the oversized patch pocket and inverted collar. The design is very minimal with the raw edges and very little top stitching. Back to the traditional styles, the duster from Pink Soda is in a lightweight fabric with a tailored collar and lapel and I just love this shade of pink for the winter. Another long style is the checked from ASOS. The pulled wool textured twill gives the duster more structure compared to the one from Pink Soda, and the neutral colour and oversized check print allows it to be paired with any outfit. I'm not a huge fan of green, but I love this khaki midi duster from Oh My Love. The longline shape and elongated fit makes for a perfect winter piece. If you aren't feeling the green, they also have this in a monochrome palette as well as a burnt orange.

I hope this post has helped you decide which style you will be wearing this winter, and let me know in the comments below which one is your favourite.

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