Luckily for us British island dwellers, (British being the operative word) a dominant outerwear trend featuring on the Fall/Winter 2013 catwalks is considerably heavy duty. This year, we will have no reason to fearfully dodge the blistering cold and bitter winds of winter because fortunately, the principal coat style of Fall/Winter 2013 is big and blokey.
Dressing like a man is always sufficiently fun; the careless androgyny that is an accompanying attribute when heaving around ample-sized garments causes an expression of delight on my behalf, as I am sure it does for many. The invention of the bloke coat is a novel opportunity to wrap up all cosy and what not, laying to rest the eternal fear that we must freeze to look fresh.
You may choose to cloak your shivering bod in a thick parka or warm faux fur, toasty trenches and pea coats or snug bombers and boyfriends but, whichever manifestation of the bloke coat you select, you get yourself wrapped up in a coat that is reminiscent of a 15 tog duvet and you are sorted for winter. This trend is ideal for the lazy individuals in society – a coat which can suffice as an entire look? What a charming concept. Chuck a pair of battered jeans and heavy boots on with a vintage parka, or a pair of soft wool trousers and classic brogues with a generously-sized trench and bob’s your uncle. Simple mathematics are finite in this equation…the mightier the coat = the toastier the bod, all the more reason to go heavy-duty this winter.
Almost every designer showcased eclectic interpretations of the bloke coat down the A/W 2013 catwalks this year, from a classic grunge mixture at Topshop Unique to simple tailoring at Theysken’s Theory and Max Mara, there was a bloke coat in every category. I took a particular fancy to the khaki green fur coat with black leather lining and details from Topshop Unique. I will endeavour in the coming months to find a pocket-friendly version of this outrageously attractive coat; my first port of call will undoubtedly be online.
The bloke coat creates a balmy atmosphere for you and your bod to ensure the successful progression of one’s daily life, absent of back and/or belly drafts, goose bump-ridden arms and all other possible bodily malfunctions which occur as a result of the Great British Winter.
Images courtesy of: Topshop Unique, Max Mara and Theysken's Theory (Fall 2013)