Meet this season’s fresh takes on the winter wardrobe essential...
Ticking off two trends in one, think heritage-inspired tweedy styles, styled for 2018. Wear your checks thrown over your midi dress to add a masculine edge to this season’s winter florals, or over jeans and a chunky knit for a look that’s made for wintery weekends stomping through crisp leaves. The look you’re after is a modern take on HRH meets the Mitfords: more dashing, less Miss Marple.
Leopard print and faux fur have long lost their associations with Bet Lynch and the Muppets. Instead, think Kate Moss (an early adopter) striding out, leopard coat flung insouciantly over jeans; and cocktails at Claridges on a winter’s evening. If ever a coat said ‘party’, this is it - but don’t just reserve it for nights out. Wear it by day to lift your outfit and your mood. Scarlet faux fur makes a statement over an all-black outfit, and leopard print and denim are natural partners.
Ready to forgo the traditional coat altogether? No longer just for superheroes and opera-attendees, the cape has flown (sorry) off the catwalks and into our wardrobes. Hold with that scepticism. If you forgo dramatic, sweeping lengths (a la Harry Potter) the cape is surprisingly wearable. The trick is to avoid excess volume elsewhere. The cape looks best paired with a sleek lower half – try leather leggings, straight-cut trousers or skinny jeans.
Opt for a neutral coat, they say, it’ll go with everything. But what happens if you want to switch it up? Step forward the Colourblock Coat. Featuring solid panels of camel, black and grey (so your neutrals are present and correct), this is as bold as neutrals get – and it feels fresh and right for now. Layer it over this season’s caramel and camel shades for extra chicness (although you can wear it with pretty much anything).