This is a stunning example of how something inanimate can make you smile. This is the coat that really goes against all the trends this winter, which is another reason to love it even more. On its own merits, it's pretty fabulous with tones of cherry red and burgundy all mixed into an oversized, graphic glen plaid pattern (even though they're calling it a check coat). Note the sleeves, where the pattern is turned 45 degrees to truly showcase these beautiful angles. Balanced perfectly with a gloriously pink faux fux collar, this coat is the antidote for the winter blues.
Oversized coats continue to be a strong trend for this winter, and Vince is a master at the cool, slouchy look. This coat is perfectly proportioned with the bracelet-length sleeves (another strong trend) and a high funnel neck.
You can always count on Mackage for beautifully stylish coats: modern, with just enough asymmetry to make them unique, though always accessible. Like many of their other coats, this one also features an oversized portrait collar, leather details and full-length zipper.
A faux fur coat is definitely a decadent winter indulgence. Kate Spade's black faux-mink coat is silky and plush with a Peter Pan collar, giving it a cool vintage vibe. The upper back is adorned with a subtle (black-on-black) signature grosgrain bow.
Military coats are sharp and add instant structure and style to any outfit. This version from Trina Turk incorporates plenty of feminine details such as a deep tulip hem, faux-leather trim and a fit-and-flare silhouette.
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The minimalist design of this coat makes it an true wardrobe staple. Made with double-faceted fabric from Prato, Italy, this is a lovely combination of luxe and performance. The large collar can be left open, portrait-style, or fully zipped into a cozy funnel.
From South Korean designer, Hong Eun Ju comes this architectural beauty. Her label, Enzuvan, is always a highlight at Seoul Fashion Week and is beginning to make waves internationally.
This coat is a stunning exercise in tailoring, showcasing masterful command of proportion and drape. The effect is a somewhat androgynous aesthetic (so sexy and on trend), perfect for those with more confident and adventurous sartorial tendencies.
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The best part of winter dressing is throwing on a fabulous coat—the sartorial equivalent of armour. You can face anything with a great coat on.
The trend for this season is definitely a back-to-basics vibe, with black, grey and camel dominating the colour palette. That said, you can definitely find pops of colourful brights amongst the sea of tasteful neutrals. But if you've been waiting for a good time to invest in a classic coat, this is a stellar year.
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