Coats require careful consideration. They are our first ‘house,’ our primary representation in the world and we require them to play a fully alert, action ready role in our wardrobe. The investment versus return equation is crucial so we must ask ourselves what best suits our lives? There are three strong candidates right now poling for key position.
A Tailored Topper
In a strong season of trouser suits, the tailored topper is the logical extension of the new sleek, fit for purpose look. The best deliver easy elegance without bulk and will add a sharp edge to anything you are wearing beneath. Gabriela Hearst’s waisted swing coat has romance and rigour and would suit a tall slender silhouette. Helmut Lang’s update on the city coat comes in covetable cream, while Tibi delivers a swaggering take on classic black and Joseph a bold fire engine red number. Wear with tonal shades for head to toe impact. The clue here is to have sleeve and hem lengths altered to suit your proportions just so.
The Sustainable Trench
Rather like a brilliant P.A., trench coats get the job done and right now they offer far more flair than just ‘can do.’ The Keiji riffs on the beige commuter belt classic with outsize lapels and ballooning pockets while Ms. Min and The Row have gone all out to design versions with minimalist detailing and a memorably soft silhouette. The trench translates to evening with Poiret’s silk nylon draped number (it could double up as a coat dress) while Sacai puts a spin on the high functioning staple in navy and emerald flyweight nylon.
With many powerhouse brands now implementing a no fur policy, shearling has come into its own as a viable bi-product to wear with pride. Sheep and lambskins deliver warmth and huggable tactility that is hard to beat. Try dressing gown type coats from Theory and The Row (they feel like a cocoon); trimmed numbers by Rosetta Getty and See by Chloe or an Isabel Marant Etoile western trucker jacket to wear with denims and prairie skirts.