One of the new season’s greatest pleasures – choosing a coat – is ironically also one its biggest battles.
It all happens very suddenly. One minute it’s mid-October and every day is a new sartorial struggle as the transitional weather and glorious new climate change confusions mean despite the chill in the air when you wake, by lunch time you’re desperately peeling off the layers.
Before you know it, it’s November. The occasional autumnal chills of October are long gone and in their place a call to all to cosy up, whip out the jumpers and finally purchase a coat to see you through winter.
But where to start?
Do you go all out and invest in a classic? The Max Mara Icon coat for instance – classic, elegant, an overall cut above the rest and a coat with a legacy to see you through many seasons to come.
What about the faux fur? We can’t forget the faux fur. Wrapped up, hot drink in hand, fire blazing – you know no winter night out is complete without a good fur coat on hand.
Oh and of course, there’s that statement coat that practically jumped out at you, frantically calling your name from the confines of the shop window – on more than one occasion might we add. You’ve planned at least seven different outfits around said coat which in turn dramatically increased the length of your AW18 shopping list but alas, you don’t care. You’ve got to have the coat.
And then there’s the animal print. The beloved, never too much animal print.
The struggle is real but we’ve got you covered…The Style Edit has teamed up with West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK director, Cathy Martin and photographer, Glenn Norwood to style the ultimate new season coat edit and help you get your choices all wrapped up before the cold snap hits.
Max Mara Icon
Cathy wears: Icon coat, £2036, Sleeveless top, £148, Straight leg trousers, £398, all Max Mara
The Teddy Coat
Cathy wears: Teddy coat, £285 at Whistles. White frill dress, £122 at My Sister’s Closet The Label. Fedora, Grainne Maher Millinery.
Cathy wears: Blue faux fur jacket, £380 at Replay. Teal jumper, £115 at Replay. Jeans with stripe, £170 at Replay.
The Statement Coat
Cathy wears: Yellow coat, £85 at River Island. T-shirt by Gina Potter. Wide leg jeans, £190 at Replay. Cream knee high boots, £119 at Zara. Yellow trilby hat, Grainne Maher Millinery.
The Animal Print
Cathy wears: Patterned faux fur coat, £168 at Guess. Black pleated dress, £75 at Biba. Snakeskin cowboy boots, £149 at Zara
Cathy wears: Green faux fur coat, £49.99 at New Look. Slogan t-shirt, £35 at Hush. Belted leather trousers, £46 at River Island. Black patent boots, £55.99 at Zara.