Not going out doesn’t stop us from buying coats…..
The country might be facing another month of lockdown, but I’m sure that hasn’t stopped us engaging in our yearly custom of bringing our Autumn/Winter coats out from their slumber and getting them ready to confront the cold.
If like us here at Platform Magazine, you’ve realised that there are a few gaps in your coat collection, there’s no need to panic because we’re here to assist you. Whether you’re a puffer addict, faux leather-lover or have a soft spot for shearling, there is a great deal of influence to be had from the fashion crowd, confirming that coats needn’t be a last minute thought as you head out.
Last year, influencers, celebrities, and fashion boys and girls alike took to the really, really big puffer jacket trend with ease as they proudly knocked everyone over in the process. Fortunately, the fashion industry has started to turn away from all the extravagance and towards a more wearable set of trends that won’t get you odd stares as you walk down the street.
This jacket from Mango is at the top of my Autumn/Winter hit list. Featuring a long, quilted design with a hood and two side pockets, this coat is the finishing touch to any off-duty look.
If there’s one wardrobe essential for every Brit, it’s got to be a take on a classic trench coat. Whether paired with loungewear for a lazy walk or worn with knitted dresses and midi skirts for more formal events, the power of the trench coat is, of course, in its versatility. You can’t beat a trench coat as it can be styled for any occasion!
This style from PLT features a stone material with button detailing and an oversized fit.
Of course, we had to mention the iconic North Face puffer jacket, a jacket which is on everybody’s wish list. These coats are not cheap; however, they will last for what feels like a lifetime.
Combining a heritage-inspired design with recycled fabrics both inside and out, the Saikuru Jacket is one-part new, one-part retro. The insulation is Heatseeker Eco that warms even when wet.
The shell is recycled polyester complete with a water repellent treatment and wind-blocking technology. This is more than just a coat. The Saikuru goes with everything and can be worn almost anywhere.
With the weather dropping, we’re officially in hibernation mode. It’s officially time to bring out the big guns: the shearling coat. Everyone needs to own a statement coat to easily jazz up any outfit.
This coat from Urban Outfitters will definitely do just that. Featuring a plush interior and a longline silhouette, this coat is guaranteed to keep you warm and cosy.
The taupe grey shade will go with pretty much any outfit and if you prefer more oversized jackets, this is the style for you. This jacket features an adjustable drawstring hood which will be handy for those rainy Autumn/Winter days.
From beanies to boots and soft knits, every Autumn/Winter there are essential pieces we depend on to get us through the season. A few good coats are, of course, crucial, and while I own a calf-length wool coat and a puffer jacket, I’ve recently realised that purchasing a faux leather blazer has made my collection feel complete.
As I begin to think about my Autumn/Winter wardrobe, I feel myself focusing more and more on pieces I know I will keep for years. The fashion scene has been putting together many desirable outfits promoting this item already this season, so there is definitely no lack of leather-blazer outfit inspiration (whether you’re looking for a real or faux version). Featuring a mock-snake design, this double-breasted blazer will leave you looking trendy in no time.
A few years ago, I went into a charity shop and found a khaki jacket that was the perfect thickness for autumn. However I style it, it’s a piece I’ve pulled out of my wardrobe over and over ever since.
The shacket is an item that will definitely last. Maybe it’s because of the grunge “trend” that has never really died down since it first appeared in the ’90s, or maybe it’s because this just so happens to be a classic piece that’s reliable. There are loads of them on the high street right now and this one from Missguided should become a your next wardrobe staple.
‘Teddy Fur’ has been offered up as an essential trend for the Autumn and Winter seasons over the last couple of years, and though we still believe this is very much true, we get that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. If you fall into this category, the fabric of this coat from Boohoo may interest you. Now that winter is approaching, this teddy coat is snuggly and very versatile, making it a perfect winter jacket.
It’s no secret that everyone is captivated by TikTok at the moment, but apart from the exhausting dance routines and POV sketches (DracoTok, anyone?), I’ve found myself deep in the fashion side of the app, where everyone is dressed as cool as I dream to be. A classic item I always see in these videos are knitted vests. This autumn, everyone is finding themselves really into vests, and we just can’t stop buying them.
As the weather gets even colder though, I’m now finding myself turning to classic gilets as a warmer alternative, and I hope to see more people wearing them soon. I love that there’s always tons of layering involved with autumn trends so until further notice I’ll be living in my gilet. This one from Zara is on my wish-list. Water-repellent, features a high neck, and has a zip-up front, this is an Autumn essential.
There’s no questioning that the world of fashion is prone to more than just a bit of exaggeration. While you probably do love that pink bejewelled headband in the moment, the likelihood that you will still like it in a year’s time is quite minimal (sorry, Blair Waldorf). But there are a few pieces that are entitled to all the hype. One such item (or rather items) are wool coats.
In terms of this oversized wool coat , not only is the classic check print flattering for all skin tones, but the shape of the coat is also designed to flatter women’s bodies. Double-breasted and calf-length with wide lapels, it’s the sort of coat that you could wear to work and also on nights out. (But you can still look put together even if you put it on over your joggers as you bolt out the house to grab a pint of milk.)
By Megan Betts