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Here’s this month’s Metro column… how are you going to keep warm this winter?!
There are few purchases on the clobber calendar as singularly expensive and necessary as the winter coat. But, buy cheap and you’re certain to spend the following months shivering with cold or packed so tightly into your coat by other layers that movement is severely restricted. However, if you’re prepared to spend on a quality classic that you really love, you could end up with a coat for life.
Luckily the autumn/winter ’12 coat trends are all about classic styles with subtle and unique accents, rather than revolutionary shapes that will quickly date. Burberry and Topshop Unique, for example, gave us classic military trench coats, updated with contrast elements and bold buttons.
Jil Sander and Kenzo created beautifully oversized coats, the first with ¾ sleeves, and the latter in a vibrant monochrome geo-print. At Thakoon, the Princess coat in chic, camel wool incorporated flap pockets, a double-breasted front and fabulous skirt-volume.
Hem lengths this season are prim; think midi-length for trench coats and other styles come to the knee. Consider the collar; choose an open lapel on a black wool frock coat and accessorise with a bright scarf; go for a funnel collar in geo-print and button it all the way to your nose; or keep it simple with a classic, round neckline.
On the high street, Sisley’s oversized coat has ¾-length sleeves, and the red and black geometric print, although utterly A/W’12, is in subtle-enough colours to stand the test of time, (pictured €189 / £160). Monsoon’s Julieanna coat in black wool is a perfect mix of double-breasted tailoring and feminine frock-coat volume (pictured €263). / £169 If you want your military coat less uniform than anyone else’s then Star by Julien Macdonald’s version of the classic trench in contrasting black and grey with brash hardwear will do just that (pictured €194 / £125 available at Debenhams).