A fashion editor’s winter coat wishlist

best winter coats
Karen Dacre,-Fashion Editor, the Evening Standard

It’s what’s on the outside that counts. Here’s how those in the know are keeping warm in style this winter

Consider a comfort blanket

When it comes to finding the best winter coat, there’s something deliciously stylish about belted outerwear. Cinched in at the waist with minimal effort, this silhouette is a one way ticket to mastering the effortless look we all want so badly. To nail it, seek out blanket style overcoats in soft wools – double faced cashmere is the dream but there are plenty of equally tactile options. This style works beautifully with heavy duty ankle boots and a rollneck – just sling it on and go.

Faux sure it’s not fur

Faking it is high fashion now that everyone from her Majesty the Queen to Miuccia Prada has severed ties with the fur trade, and there’s no shortage of kind and cuddly stuff around this winter. For a tactile look that takes your outfit to the next level seek out faux fur in statement shades. A frost grey option like the Bethany coat from Hobbs will work wonders on an understated party dress while something with added magnetism – see Whistles’ take on the animal print trend – will give even the most low key of weekend looks an edge.

Le classic pea coat

Recreating that achingly chic Left Bank look Parisians seem to roll out of bed with is no mean feat for a Brit. But having the right coat undoubtedly helps matters. The pea coat has a certain je ne sais quoi quality, particularly when chosen wisely. The key to this look is simplicity. Swerve unnecessary trimmings and fussy details (si vulgaire, as the French might say) and seek out quality fabrics. No self-respecting Parisian would dispute the enduring appeal of a pea coat in classic navy but a checked version, such as John Lewis & Partners swing style, is also set to win fans on both sides of the Channel.

Bottle is the new camel

Your beloved camel coat has competition this winter thanks to the rise of a new neutral: pretty green. Certainly, sumptuous shades of the autumnal hue were a hit on the catwalk – see Louis Vuitton and Isabel Marant – and are now making their way into our wardrobes. The joy of winter green is its ability to lift a tired complexion. In its darkest, moodiest incarnation the shade also works well with vibrant yellow and fuchsia pink. Make it your new base layer.

Wearable central heating

For the days when parting ways with your duvet feels as taxing as solving applied mathematics, you need the right coat to cuddle up to. A mid-length quilted parka will come to your rescue. Perfect for those who find themselves among the great outdoors, this season’s best cold weather styles come with added heat. Outdoor specialists The North Face – the millennials’ sports brand of choice – have an insulated parka with a silhouette straight from the catwalk, while Hobbs’ Hadley coat could provide the soft landing of which winter dreams are made.

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