Winter Coats 2011

Long gone are the days where I was dressed in bright fuchsia, purple and yellow patchwork coats! Instead I now look forward to shopping for new coats that will actually flatter me, rather than making me appear like the abominable snowman on acid!


This winter coats will come in their thousands! They will range from the much loved trench, which is still a contender, to the camel coat, the cape, the fur and the hooded. Although shades of camel will still be popular later on in the year, black  is still the preferred choice for many and, interestingly enough, berry tones which will give you that ultimate Christmas feeling.


Amongst the high street you can find many of the coats that will match the winter trend, starting with Topshop. To create the fur look try the Boucle Faux Fur Collar Coat £95, Contrast Dalmatian Swing Coat £98, Taupe Faux Fur Textured Coat £89 and the Brown Faux Fur Double Breasted Coat £98. For a bright but not over the top look the Bright Red Bound Seam Duffle Coat £89 and the Mustard Velvet Tie Double Breasted Coat £75 are the perfect choice and would look great when worn with black tights or jeans! Topshop also stock the perfect winter cape which can be layered with knits to create that uber-relaxed look Black Contrast Piped Hooded Cape £70. For those who love the option of wearing hoods for extra winter warmth the Black Hooded Faux Fur Trim Duffle Coat £85 is the best option.


In addition to Topshop, Urban Outfitters are another great store which features two amazing coats! Pins & Needles Burgundy Duffle Coat £125 showcases this years berry tone perfectly. It is a beautifully cut coat that would look undoubtedly good even with a dress and shoe boots. Their Lux By Sarah and Aimee Berman Princess Coat £195 is another great shade of red which will help you steer clear of wearing too many dark colours for winter!


Miss Selfridge boasts a strong range of fur inspired coats, their Racoon Faux Fur Gilet £60 is a great addition to the winter wardrobe and can be mixed with many of your outfits. The Khaki Animal Hood Parka £85, Black Long Length Duffle Coat £65 and the Twill Faux Fur Collar Coat £85 are two other items that have been inspired by Britain’s love of fur. Miss Selfridge also feature a limited edition coat in the shade of orange which will add a pop of colour to those grey skies, Orange Short Duffle Coat £57.


Lastly Oasis features many of this winter’s coat trends although two mainly stood out for me! Their Peggy 60s Faux Fur Collar Coat £100 comes in a subtle shade of grey and again can be adapted to casual jeans or a sculptured knit dress. The Pu Trim Belted Drape Wrap Coat £95 is a strong shade of chocolate and would look fierce teamed with knee-high studded boots!


Thankfully this year’s coats do not resemble what I wore during my childhood years and I can feel confident that they will not receive looks of horror from passers by!