Lois Johnston brings the choice selection forward for the colder season
This time of year, especially in Newcastle, marks the beginning of winter coat season. It’s time to prepare your bank account for one of its largest annual splurges. When searching for your investment, there are a few things to bear in mind. The most important factor is the practicality – will it survive the infamous Newcastle winters? Then comes fashion. There have been so many coats released this year, with a whole range of styles returning – shearling biker jackets for example, and some classics like oversized camel coats, have also re-graced the catwalks in the last few months. One of my favourite new trends which has exploded onto the scene is velvet. This is a trend which has been mixed with lots of others, like puffer and bomber jackets and I’m quite sure it’s going to be a trend that stays around for a while.
Another trend that has returned is faux fur coats. This is a failsafe option for if you want something warm and fashionable – but be careful in the rain, as this is a combination which does not mix! This is also a trend which has been added into other styles – for example, some brands now make parka coats with colourful fur hoods, or leather biker jackets with faux fur collars. This is a very transitional trend, and will come in very useful if you want to make the most out of your coat and keep wearing it into the spring. Also if it is removable its almost as if you are getting a two-for-one offer!
“One of the key things to remember when buying your winter coat is that if this is an investment piece, it will need to go with the majority of your wardrobe”
My favourite coat trend has to be biker jackets. I think they look flattering on any body shape, can dress up or down any outfit, can come with shearling linings, are a transitional piece, and are available in all shops from Primark to high end. Zara is the one shop for me that has really nailed this trend this year. Everyone knows someone who owns one of the pastel-coloured faux-leather biker jackets that were so popular at the beginning of the year, and the good news is that they have brought out a new range of winter colours which also come with removable shearling collars.
One of the key things to remember when buying your winter coat is that if this is an investment piece, it will need to go with the majority of your wardrobe. However, if you are someone who wants to really take this as an opportunity to experiment with style and express yourself, there are also a huge range of riskier trends which are very big right now – like embroidery, slogans or studs.