You know what’s great about winter? Coats! Ok, there are other good things that come with winter too. Crisp frosty mornings, mulled wine, ice skating, Christmas, hiding from the cold in cosy pubs, being able to eat hearty carb heavy fare free from the imminent threat of having to parade yourself semi naked. Unless of course you’re jetting off to sunnier climbs in which case discount all of the above and know that my bitter jealousy is burning a hole in your soul… Just kidding, kind of. But seriously, coats are wonderful and I always get pitifully excited once the cold sets in enough to snuggle up in some shearling. This season’s brought some truly excellent outerwear so I thought what better way to celebrate that and share some of my AW16 favourites with you than by dressing up in them?
Peacoats have been around since the 1800s when the first versions were worn by the Dutch navy. Some 200 years later, they remain a perennial style staple that transcends age, nationality and to some degree even personal taste. So, glorious though the peacoat is, it’s not surprising that now and again someone needs to offer a fresh take on the classic. For AW16 innovative London label, Teatum Jones did just that, and then some. After winning the prestigious International Woolmark Prize, whose past winners include Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, the design duo delivered a killer collection which included this delectable take on the peacoat. I’ve been eyeing it since February so when I decided to do this post it was an obvious choice to include. I played on its sixties vibe by adding a neat black poloneck and red suede over-the-kee boots of dreams, but more on those later.
Teatum Jones Quincy Embroidered Jacket, reduced to $414, available here
I first truly fell in love with fashion during a trip to Rome aged about 12 and one of the memories that has always stuck with me is of seeing (read: gawking at) impossibly elegant Italian women sipping cappuccinos and walking their tiny dogs while wearing the most fabulous furs. Fur isn’t something everyone feels comfortable wearing and costs a bloody fortune but this Whistles shearling has the same glam factor. I paired it with a chestnut suede mini, velvet boots and a moody blooms blouse – in retrospect I literally dressed up as “autumn” – but reckon it would look bomb with leather trousers.
Whistles Hemingway Shearling Jacket, reduced to £995, available here
This ASOS coat is an attention seekers dream, so obviously I adore it. Animal print is now so standard that some (foolish) people have even been known to call it a “new neutral”. You know what is guaranteed never to be bestowed with that title? A giant, slightly pimp-tastic faux fur with teal leopard spots and a fuchsia collar! I wouldn’t necessarily recommend wearing it done the whole way over a mini dress and with bare legs because you will look naked underneath, as my mother took great pleasure in pointing out. But clashing patterns are it’s perfect companion! Or leather trousers… Need me another pair ASAP, maybe pink ones.
ASOS Leopard Print Faux Fur Coat, £85, available here
Remember that season Burberry made everyone go aviator crazy? Or when Acne introduced their now iconic “Velocity” style? I think both momentous sartorial occasions occurred circa AW10 and there was literally nothing in the world I wanted more, including a pony. Well the oversized aviator jacket is BACK and bigger than ever, literally. With a looser silhouette and less heavy hardware than its predecessors, this Rebecca Taylor beauty is a softer, more feminine and dare I say it more wearable take on the aviator jackets we all went crazy for back in the day. I totally forgot that I did actually pair it with the leather trousers I’ve been banging on about for most of this post, and as I suspected they work perfectly… Is there anything leather trews don’t go with?!
Rebecca Taylor Shearling Mix Coat, reduced to $799, available here
What do you think of these coats? Can you pick a favourite? I’m struggling to choose! And do you like my new image layout? It takes absolutely ages but I reckon it’s worth it.
Love Ella. X
Images by Holly McGlynn