If you’re unsure which autumn trends to buy into, let me guide you in the right direction: winter coats will instantly pull together any look. Whether you’re throwing it over a suit, a dress or joggers, it will be your new wardrobe staple, for this season and beyond.
Lucky for you, there are plenty of great bargains to be had in the winter sales, now that shops are making room for their spring/summer offerings.
For autumn/winter 2021, outerwear takes centre stage, as seen at virtual catwalks from Max Mara to Isabel Marant and Khaite. Here’s your lowdown of all the best winter coat trends you need to know about.
Autumn/winter 2021 coat trends
Since this season is all about the joy of dressing up again, let’s start at the maximalist end of the spectrum, shall we? The runways were awash with bright hues, and it would be a shame not to indulge. I loved Balmain’s bubblegum pink trench, Khaite’s bright red puffer and COS’ cobalt blue double-breasted coat.
Colour-blocking is key here, so either go bold and wear the same shade head-to-toe à la Versace and Roksanda, or mix it up with different complementary colours.
For a slightly more casual approach, the puffer jacket is back with a vengeance, but don’t be fooled. It’s extra chic this season, and you can absolutely get away with wearing it with your more formal attire. At Rick Owens it was long, dove-grey and cape-like, at Isabel Marant it was cropped with a faux fur collar, while at STAUD it was sleeveless and oversized.
Don’t worry, there is also plenty of choice if you want a more minimalist approach. Although camel coats are still very much a staple, this season they make way for richer tones of chocolate and coffee. Look to Burberry, Chloé and Acne Studios for inspiration, from suede aviator jackets to sleek duster coats.
For a lighter option, do check out my trench coat – a great option for the transitional period. This season’s winter coats line-up is brilliantly diverse, so it’ll be hard to choose…
This beautiful coat is a classic in the making. Crafted from a luxurious wool-blend Italian fabric in chocolate brown, it has a glamorous shawl collar, a faux leather tie belt finished with gold tips, large patch pockets and it falls to just above the knee.
Everyone needs a duffel coat in their lives, especially one as stylish as Rick Owens'. It's made from quilted shell and has a canvas strap to pin down the hood when not in use.
Made from a wool mix, this coat is structured with exaggerated seams that create clean lines. The pastel colour gives any outfit an instant lift.
Tailored from supple leather, this 'Davina' coat has a striking orange shearling collar and belted waist.
Jigsaw's signature maxi city coat is made of wool and designed with a softer shoulder for a more relaxed fit. It features a double-breasted front with button closure, notch lapel, melton under collar and jet flap pockets.
If it's a statement coat you're after, look no further than this leopard print A Line coat from the genius behind JACQUEMUS.
This oversized coat lends itself perfectly to layering. Keep things tonal by wearing it over cream jeans and a beige jumper.
Raey’s grey coat is shaped to an oversized silhouette with large notch lapels, exaggerated dropped shoulders and side welt pockets. It’s made in the UK from brushed wool-blend twill with a single-breasted buttoned front that opens into a black satin-lined interior.
Designed in a slightly oversized silhouette cut just below the knee, this coat is made with 100% certified, traceable wool from non-mulesed sheep woven in a bouclé finish.
This bejewelled faux fur coat looks way more expensive than it is, so it would be rude not to.