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5 Coat Trends
For Autumn '20

It's finally coat season and judging by the smirk on my face, I'm definitely in my autumnal element. I've rediscovered last years coats, jackets and long line blazers and even if we get a little late October sunshine, you can bet I'll be stubbornly layering my favourite pieces anyway. 

Give me maxi coats, camel jackets, structured shoulders, tie waists, gold buttons, statement epaulettes - I love them all and I'll be wearing them with joy, even if it's only as far as the supermarket. 

If you're in the market for a new coat this autumn winter that you'll adore just as much next year too, then I thought I'd share some of my favourites from my own closet, some from my most shopped at retailers and some from some more affordable online stores too. 

No matter what style you want to rock, classic or trend led, hopefully you'll love my picks and maybe even discover a brand or two to fall in love with. 

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The Statement Maxi 

I have some beautiful coats in my collection, but there's none that make me feel more confident than this amazing houndstooth maxi style from Holland Cooper. Not only is the detailing exquisite but the extra long length adds that extra wow factor that can turn any simple outfit, into something infinitely cooler than it was. To rock the trend calf/ankle length is the perfect addition to your closet but if you're worried about being swamped in fabric then opt for a belted waist to cinch the look and/or structured shoulders/lapels to balance the luxurious weight of the fabric. 

The Checkered Shacket

A few seasons ago in Paris, during the usual style of fashion month, Isabel Marant kindly dressed me for their show and I fell head over heels in love with an amber and orange toned 'shacket'. It was a beautiful hybrid of a shirt and jacket - thick enough to wear layered in the cooler months, as well as cool enough to style simply with a belt and boots. It's one of those looks that'll stick in my brain forever and I've never found the style again - until this season. The style is huge news for autumn winter '20 and it doesn't matter what your budget may be, you'll find every shade you're craving in this versatile coat trend. 

The Houndstooth Coat

Not exactly a trend for me, more of a 'I'll happily wear this look for the rest of eternity if it's available to me'. I'll style houndstooth knits, jackets and accessories like they're the little black dress of the winter season and team them with just about any colour in my closet too. If you're new to the trend and wearing a coat in any pattern, as opposed to a black colour, feels like a bold choice, then opt for a smaller houndstooth as a nod to the traditional. Similarly you can reign the pattern in, so to speak, with colour block accessories such as thick waist belts, chunky combat boots and a sizable cross-body bag.

The Classic Camel

I could probably just leave this section at 'you need a camel coat in your wardrobe' and that would be enough of a summation for this classic piece. Whether you've got a walk in wardrobe or a capsule closet, a camel coat is one of those pieces you'll wear for seasons and years to come. As for the perfect style it's totally up to you and whatever brings the most joy and versatility into your looks - remember trends are only ever guidelines and never strict rules. And if anyone should say they are? Remember rules are made to be broken!

The Blazer Hybrid

Versatility for those transitional seasons (spring & autumn in theory) can sometimes be lacking in our wardrobes, but the trend for layers and hybrid pieces will always be there to fill that gap. The runways earlier this year were full to the brim of oversized suiting, which means the coat/blazer hybrid is especially prominent this season, from fashion houses to high street. To really embrace the trend think shoulders that nod to the 80's, shapes that are oversized enough to layer with your favourite hoodie and long line enough to keep the cold out on cooler days.

With so many coats and so little time, do let me know if you enjoy this style of blog post and if they help you to discover some new pieces or inspiration for your own wardrobe. After all there could easily be a part two focusing on shearling, teddy coats, quilting, leather trenches and even stylish raincoats!

These images were captured in one of my favourite places in the world - the beautiful Lake District in England. 

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