October has arrived and Autumn is in full swing, the leaves are falling from the trees and my Instagram is full of cosy jumpers and autumnal tones. So this post is for those of you who are thinking about buying a new jacket or coat, for the new season ahead. Many of you may have already bought coats, but continue reading you may find inspiration for another! I’m sure most of you will know, but for those who don’t, I am a crazy coat lady. In the winter months there is nothing I love more than a long oversized coat with a big cosy scarf. When the weather is warmer I prefer shorter jackets, normally denim/leather/utility style. But this coat edit mainly features blazers and long/ mid-length coats (thank god!) as they are still super popular this season and make for such a nice silhouette with jeans and trainers or boots.
The Checked Blazer
This is probably the ‘it’ jacket of the season, as I am sure you are well aware from your Instagram Feeds. But I really do think this is a trend you can buy in to and it you’ll be able to wear it season after season. Tweed or heritage style blazers have been in and out of fashion for decades. I once bought a fantastic Max Mara tweed blazer in a charity shop, which would be fantastic for this season if only I hadn’t washed and shrunk it. I recommend looking for a blazer that has a nice checked pattern, with varying colours, maybe a red or yellow stripe through it. Make sure it has nice pockets, lapels and buttons and doesn’t look too cheap. Below are some of my favourites from Sandro, Amazon Fashion and Zara (L-R/T-B).
My favourite colour is green, so green coats were always going to make an appearance on this post. I just bought this long green coat from Sandro (seen below right) and I love it. The weather hasn’t been quite right for me to wear it properly just yet, one minute I am sweating buckets on the tube going into work and the next I am freezing. So I am still wearing blazers and maybe just adding a scarf. But to me a green coat will serve you just as well as navy, black or camel and it looks nice with stonewashed blue or black jeans. Reserved is also a new brand and their shop on Oxford Street is well worth a visit. Their green pea coat would be on my list and the prices are really reasonable! I also like the tied waist coat (below left) from Zara for a smarter look.
This is the coat that I don’t have but desperately
need want to add to my collection. I have a long green and camel coat (which I have worn to death but still love wearing every year), multiple blazers and a shorter smart black coat. But grey is what I feel I am lacking. I love the oversized option from & Other Stories (below) seen on Lucy Williams at LFW. I also like Reserved’s option, much more affordable! In fact I would just recommend viewing & Other Stories outerwear section at the moment – there are grey coats, green coats and lots of check!
Anyway hopefully this post inspires you or just shows you what kind of trends seem to be out there at the moment. I only really buy a coat if I really love it, whether it is considered trendy is nothing to do with my decision, but all of the above options are great investment pieces you could wear season after season.