One of my American readers recently emailed me to ask my advice on what type of coats she might consider buying for an upcoming visit to London this December. It is a good question. she was looking for a coat that would keep her warm and cosy in one of the coldest months of our winter. She also wanted a coat that would be practical for the day as well as smart enough to wear in the evening.
One of the most flattering coats this season is the “cocoon” shape. I have one in navy and find that it works just as well with a dress as with trousers. The one above is by Jigsaw and is a soft grey which will co-ordinate with most colours. If you have warm colouring you could choose a mid toned camel. If the fabric is not quite warm enough you could add layers such as a thermal vest or one of the new waistcoats/sleeveless coats that are popular this season.
SHOWN ABOVE: coat // scarf from a selection // gloves // boots // bag
Personally I spend most of the winter months in London in my puffa/down coat. You can find some very “posh” styles these days. If you invest in a good quality one it should be light and warm. To dress it up for the evening you could add a fake fur collar/scarf. There are plenty of great ones around. They add colour and a touch of glamour.
SHOWN ABOVE: coat // Fake fur stole // gloves // boots // bag
If you find down coats too “Michelin man” yet still want a really warm coat you could always choose a “shearling”. The real ones are pricey and a bit heavy when travelling. You can however find some great faux ones. Not quite as warm in very cold weather but certainly have the “glam” factor.
SHOWN ABOVE: Coat // scarf // gloves // boots // shopper
Nordstrom have a good selection of down coats. and faux shearling
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I always appreciate seeing how you pull the accessories in to make a really nice overall look! I have a nice grey overcoat so this was a great post for me!!!
You may just have persuaded to buy a fur stole! Cosy ; )
This made me smile. I think I can guess what the American lady was wondering. In Canada newly arrived immigrant friends would be told: “I suggest you go out and buy your winter coat because in October it will start to get cold.”
The next time you saw them they would show you their new coat. You would reply as kindly as you could: “Lovely coat, but I suggest you might like to take it back to the shop and swap it for a REAL winter coat.” It is so difficult to know what you will need in an unfamiliar climate. Tips on packing are so helpful when you are going somewhere new.
We were always cosy in our Canadian gear at minus 20 whereas in southern Spain I rarely need a coat at all.
Love that leopard bag in last image!!! I’m actually tempted to buy and ship here. And the coat, of course, is wonderful.
I agree Libby I am really tempted by the leopard bag.
Though they are in fashion now, and very warm, I shy away from puffer coats as they tend to make me look like the Staypuff marshmallow man.
Living in Malta, I need a winter coat about two days a year! Winter clothes last a very long time here, unlike summer clothes which are never out of the washing machine. I enjoyed your post, because it kept me au fait with what I would need on a return trip to Scotland. (Hooray, Facebook have resumed letting me see your posts)hope you’re keeping well.