The Coat Trends You Need To Know For A/W 21
If there's one thing that's guaranteed to get us excited for autumn (besides changing leaves and spiced pumpkin lattes), it's coats. Trench, pea, duffle or padded, the seasonal cover-up is the core of any fashionistas wardrobe that can be deemed an investment buy destined to last seasons if not decades. In short, it can make or break an outfit. Feeling the pressure? The good news is, you don't have to stick to one style – each season can be a new opportunity to explore a new style so try to think of it as a marathon, not a race...with a beautiful outfit at the finish line. Although the trends shift and the silhouettes vary, coat styles rarely change so you'll never regret investing in a classic that can multi-task for any outfit. This season the catwalks were awash with just that as the timeless beige reigned supreme at Chloe and Max Mara while practical padded coats were the order of the day at Isabel Marant and Khaite. Whichever is your style, we've picked out the best coat trends to see you through the chilly days.
We know, a trend that's both stylish and practical is unheard of but here we are, doubling our form in the name of comfort and we couldn't be happier about it. It was Balenciaga's 2016 catwalk show that officially declared the padded jacket cool again and it's stuck around ever since. Whether it's partial pad or subtle quilting, you'll be snug as a bug all winter.
Florals, checks and animal prints are bringing some much-needed drama to our coat collections this season and it couldn't be more timely after 18 months of putting our outerwear into early retirement. Whether you colour clash as seen at Yuhan Wang or go matchy matchy a la Acne Studios, just make sure you go big and you go bold.
While mink and fox fur used to be seen as the epitome of wealth and style, in 2021 we've broken the mould. From boucle to teddy, shearling to fleece, the likes of Prada, Anna Sui and Burberry have turned classic faux fur on its head. But if you're still a traditionalist at heart, eco fur isn't going anywhere and remains one of the most popular winter coat buys year on year. Team with leather trousers or a suede shirt for a beautiful combination of textures.
Often deemed an autumn or spring cover-up, blazers are here to stay even when the temperatures plummet. Still sharp in fit but warmer in material, our favourite jackets are doubling up in insulation in wool fabrics and longline cuts to keep us cosier than ever. Perfect for those who can't bear to part with their beloved everyday blazer, its a smarter alternative and ideal to sling over eveningwear without the heavy bulk.