Winter time has been miserable weather wise, and although we imagined that spending more time at home during the winter may render us void of needing a new coat, the cold snap has us thinking again.
Below are the coats we are choosing to represent the season.
Editor In Chief
I am building a steady collection of long-line blazers that all look the same to you but I love them individually due to their small details. Hedi Slimane’s winter collection for Celine blessed me with so much choice I wanted almost every piece. One will do for now and I choose this Prince of Wales check with elbow patches because it makes me feel horsey and outdoorsy even when I’m in the city.
I’m a firm believer in the forever coat, and when I first lay eyes on this Acne Studios iteration, I knew it was one to add to the collection. Modern, oversized shoulders mean it has room for both growth and layering, and it’s long enough to ensure my legs don’t miss out on the warmth the light wool provides. A masculine take on a classic is always where I will land.
Digital Content Director
I tend to buy one coat per season, choosing something high-quality, basic and in a staple colour. That way my collection grows over time and I never have to throw things away. My criteria is at least 50% natural fabric, because synthetic fabrics will pill after a few wears and also I need something long, because I am a cold, cold human being.
I sort of cheated last year and bought two - a basic black coat from Witchery and a brown checked iteration from Hansen & Gretel for an impromptu trip to London. So, I did say to myself (in the interest of not contributing to over-consumption) that I would not buy one this year. But if I was, I would pick this grey-toned one from Paris Georgia. It’s a wonderful neutral colour, 100% wool and is long enough to keep my legs warm. If it’s still available next year, it’s what I will be going for.
A few seasons since I started throwing one on regularly, a trench still does it for me. The classicism of this style means it’s most certainly been done well before - making vintage the best buying option in more ways than one. I, accidentally, have three. (It’s a long story). One that was my grandfather’s and two I bought from Etsy. My ideal rendition is an oversized men’s cut and a khaki shade of beige. Potential options here, here, here and here.
Market & Beauty Director
I went into Uniqlo to restock my classic cashmere jumper and came out with a menswear not-quite-a-shirt, not-quite-a-jacket that quickly became my winter staple. Really, it’s almost the only thing I wear. For a mens sort of shirt, sort of jacket it also has gotten more compliments that most other clothing I own? I bought it in dark grey and wear it button all the way up.
I’m sure the style was sitting in my subconscious from trawling the sales and seeing this Isabel Marant version. It’s warm, it’s easy, it’s comfortable and there’ll always be something about menswear.
Brand & Art Director
I spotted the coat of my dreams a couple of years ago via instagram, worn by none other than goddess Paloma Elsesser. It was a classic black trench but shin, vinyl and ready to brave any weather. I am yet to track it down but thankfully I have been amply distracted by the many raincoats on offer at the moment. If it’s shiny, it has my attention (extra points for a bold colour or pattern) much like this transparent number by Rains in candy-apple red. If I could own a raincoat for each day of the week, I would.
I have a special coat that I wear on rotation. Warm, oversized, wide shoulders, heavy, boxy and black with gold buttons. It is a vintage one that belonged to my mother, always throwing the best 90s business vibes. Timeless and made well (apart from the one sleeve button that has fallen off). This coat will remain first choice as I still continue my never-ending quest for the perfect trench coat. Though, in the meantime I can daydream about this double-breasted wool-blend, basically a big warm blanket coat from Raey. It also makes me feel like I could play a cameo in a 2000s music video clip on airport tarmac somewhere.
Image credits: @celine, Celine Jacket; @acnestudios, Acne Studios coat, @acnestudios; Atelier jacket, Witchery coat, Paris Georgia coat; Burberry SS98’ Campaign, Burberry coat; Uniqlo jacket; @rains, Rains coat, @palomija; Raey coat.