‘A great investment piece’ is a phrase you’ve often seen in fash mags alongside an image of a very beautiful, very luxurious coat and it’s so perfect for all your winter outfits and so gorgeous that you have to have it…and then you see it costs £2,000. And you think that’s a deposit on a car, in fact, that is a car. Not a coat. So, if you’re thinking of investing in a new coat this season then let me guide you through Very’s extensive and very affordable collections. These are the freshest new styles and shapes around and they’ll still be on the money for the next few winters to come, which means plenty of wears per pound.
It’s the new cropped, 70s style, fake (faux if you’re a bit fashiony) fur jacket. As done by Missoni, Armani, Fendi, Diane Von Furstenburg and The Row (the Olsen twin label) in real fur naturally, but who wants to wear farmed dead animals when fake is so damn good. These bomber style jackets look amay-zing with skinny jeans, leggings and flares by day and equally hot with 70s midi dresses, jumpsuits and maxi dresses by night. My faves are Fearne Cotton’s chubby with this racoon-esque Striped Faux Fur Jacket and Love Label’s chubby Coloured Faux Fur Coat in duck egg – I am swooning for this colour but to be honest if you’re looking for longevity go for the burgundy.
This coat is all about volume and pattern. Picture Native American Indians (or Navajo) wrapped in their Ikat patterned blankets and then check out at Chloe’s interpretation of this trend. Such a beautiful coat but OMG so expensive. If you’re a creative type you could cut up the centre of an old blanket, chop out an oval for your neck, sling it on and cinch it in with a battered old brown belt. Or, you could go for the less creative option and buy this gorgeous geometric pattered Oasis Geo Wrap Checked Coat instead. It’s such a fresh silhouette there’s only this one online right now but I’m hoping there are many more to come.
Remember how cold it was last winter? I was working on Gok’s Clothes Roadshow and travelling up and down the country doing shows in different cities and brrrrr it was freeezing. I ditched all my not so warm winter fashion coats and pretty much lived in a very practical, urban duckdown parka which was such a contrast to my glam fashion-y outfits underneath. It kind of worked but it was so cold I didn’t care too much. What I needed was a more glamorous parka, something Kate Moss would’ve rocked in the 1990’s, worn open with her long waif-y gold dresses showing underneath. So I’m happy to see there’s been a huge revival for the parka this winter and it’s been restyled in a totally glam sports luxe way by designers such as D&G and Alexander Wang in silks, in satins, with fur trims and elaborate buttons. I like the sateen finish on Mint Velvet’s Hooded Parka Jacket (looks so much better on the video) and this Levi’s Longline Fur Trim Parka Coat. It has a luxurious fur trim. Two parkas that are warm, glamorous and bang on trend.
If you’re channelling the 60s look in cute A-line mini dresses and opaque tights with square heeled shoes or knee high boots then you need to get a pea coat. It’s such a classic shape (originally a sailor’s coat) and so it often comes in navy. This style sits perfectly on the hips and will show off those cute outfits underneath. Savoir have done it in two gorgeous fashion colour ways with this Double-breasted Pea Coat which makes a lovely change from navy. I’m also a fan of Love Label’s Cropped Pea Coat.
This is the new way to do quilting. It’s less Barbour-esque heritage Queeny style and more 60s Sci-fi Jane Fonda in Barbarella. I am sticking my little fashion nose out here as it’s a look I’m only just starting to see on the catwalks (Jean Paul Gaultier, Moncler). It’s not even a trend yet but I LOVE it. Check out this South High Shine Padded Maxi Coat and this South High Shine Padded Short Coat in red. It’s the high shine, the quilting and the belts (so you get a waist) that do it for me. I’ll be buying both.
So there you have it, five fabulous new styles of winter coat worth investing in and…I’ve been saving the best bit ’til last – they are all under £100!
Love Kirsty x