Fashion: Five cosy coat trends for autumn-winter 2018
Katie Wright has this autumn/winter's essential outerwear looks all wrapped up
LAST winter, everywhere you turned there was someone wearing an oversized black shearling biker jacket. The insanely popular jacket originated at Acne but was copied by Zara plus practically every other high street retailer and sold like hot cakes.
So far this year, there hasn't been one coat to rule them all on the streets, but then it's hardly been cold enough for proper coats yet. That's all about to change, however, with November forecast to be very chilly.
This season, biker jackets are taking a back seat for the most part, with super-snuggly puffers and capacious capes coming to the fore – you're in no danger of catching cold with one of these babies on your back. Here are five key coat trends to clock this winter...
There was an overarching theme of 'protective' fashion at the AW18 shows and nowhere was that more apparent that with outerwear. Thick, fluffy teddy textures were everywhere, some in traditional bear browns, others in bright, optimistic hues.
:: Miss Selfridge Rust Teddy Coat, currently reduced to £61.75 from £65; Navy Chevron Compact Knitted Jumper, £35 (sunglasses, stylist's own)
:: Elvi Megan Faux Fur Midaxi Coat, £119 (available November 5)
Puffer jackets have swooshed off to the ski slopes and onto the catwalks in recent years. We may have just reached Peak Puffer with the frankly bonkers range of floor-length capes created for outerwear brand Moncler, but on the high street you'll find much more wearable quilted jackets.
:: Glamorous Rust Longline Puffer Jacket, £64
:: New Look Mustard Colour Block Puffer Jacket, £39.99
LEOPARD PRINT COATS
Animal print was a massive trend in the autumn designer collections. There are two ways to play it with their fierce theme – a louche leopard print or a fluffy faux fur.
:: Wallis Brown Leopard Print Faux Fur Midi Coat, currently reduced to £59.50 from £85; Black Stud Detail Polo Neck Jumper, reduced to £20.80 from £26; Black Tapered Leg Trousers, reduced to £28 from £35; Black Low Cut Shoe Boots, reduced to £44.10 from £49 (belt, stylist's own)
:: Red Herring Leopard Print Wool Blend Longline Coat, £69, Debenhams
Forget boring old beige, this season's trenches are bright and/or shiny. If you'd usually associate a light trench with spring or early autumn, fear not, the high-shine finish adds extra insulation.
:: River Island Light Brown Borg Longline Coat, £85; Brown Vinyl Tie Waist Trench Coat, £85; Cream Turtle Neck Long Sleeve Jumper, £26; Mid Blue Amelie Ripped Hem Super Skinny Jeans, £42; Beige Layered Sole Lace-up Trainers, £42
:: Next High Shine Trench Coat, £70
Previously seen as distinctly uncool, blanket wraps are now back in a big way. These soft, buttonless versions are more like big scarves than the stiff wool capes of last winter – all you have to do is throw it on and go.
:: White Stuff Caitlin Check Cape, £55
:: Wallis Monochrome Geometric Print Wrap, currently reduced to £21 from £30