as indulgent and tempting as it could possibly be. Just thinking of wrapping up in the cosiest and softest layers is enough to get my mind go all cloudy with excitement to the point of ignoring every sensible aspect of keeping it real and instead giving into temptation of adding yet another beautiful cover-up to my wardrobe.
Right now, I am thinking sexy leopard dots, a bit of military restrain for it could be the best answer to a trench, plus a touch of intoxicating elegance of a clean cut ivory coat. So that's me... And for you here is the ultimate coat edit to play with - 13 trends and 100 most gorgeous coats to choose from, whether you are looking for an investment buy or hunting for a delightful little bargain.
Fortunately, designer and high street have done a fantastic job this autumn to ensure that every girl under the sun (rain or snow) will find the right coat that was meant to be hers.
This is undoubtedly the ultimate coat that completes every wardrobe and the first one to buy when building a wardrobe or updating one. It goes with everything, feels amazing and lasts forever. Choose a classic cut and try a few to get the hue right - it's a bit like picking the right foundation for your skin - and there's always, always an option that would make you look flawless!
Suede dreams are made of these - who am I to disagree?... I've loved suede coats ever since I saw one aged 5. Indeed it wasn't mine, but the palpable memory of velvety surface is very much alive. Granted, this often perceived as impractical choice, but the thing about suede is that it meant to age and look worn in places fives years down the line. Besides, a good quality coat can be protected with a suede weather spray and lovingly maintain by dry cleaning. For those not wanting the headache of it all, there are also faux and affordable options. The choice is yours, but do go for the tan, camel or burnt orange hues for they are the whole chic!
It may be buttery soft, but a good leather coat is definitely the one that will keep you warm, protect from the elements, age gracefully and remain at your disposal for as long as you'd be happy to keep it. Word of wisdom - should you decide to go for black, choose the styles that move and flow, not the ones that seem to be able to stand on their own - otherwise you'll end up looking like a former KGB officer.
IT'S A FLUFFY!
If you want the warmth of fur, but practicality of a coat, shearling is the perfect choice. The timing couldn't have been better - this season, with its mix of 1960s, 1970s and 1980s styles gives us so many different shapes, colours and finishes that the only real challenge we really have to face is choosing the dream coat and stopping there and then. And never feel guilty if you splash out a bit - these guys last (I've been wearing mine for the last 10 years and it still looks fantastic) and often available as reversible options meaning that you basically getting two coats for the price of one.
CHECK & PLAID
For me, this pattern is the epitome of British style - even the name, glen plaid or Prince of Wales check, sounds elegant and lady-like. Yet another little something we, girls, borrowed from the boys with no intention to return - not that it would ever be easy considering all the fabulous transformation the pattern underwent in the capable hands of fashion designers from Ralph Laurent, Michael Kors and Altuzarra to Clare Waight Keller at Chloe and Phoebe Philo at Celine who gave us the classic check for the day and the oversized blanket'y goodness to wrap in comes weekend.
For the travellers and the dreamers, the poets and artists, brocade and tapestry coats are like a post card from an exotic land, an embroidered memory of a farway destination saturated with spices and mesmerising melodies, and the most beautiful way to protect and nourish their free spirited souls. Wear yours with hips and hips of Moroccan or Indian jewellery a la Loulou de la Falaise or Lanvin girl, mix with other patterns like Antonio Marras, Etro and Dries van Noten or use as a magnificient finish for an otherwise simple and streamlined look and let the coat tell a story.
Gilded buttons, tailored silhouette and the classic shades of navy, black, camel or red - the military coat is like a warmer version of your beloved trench that is a touch too fragile to face the bitterness of winter. A Breton sweater and heels are highly recommended.
Hide your face in the softness of the stole-like coat, close your eyes, inhale a scent of perfume trapped between the delicate fibres, then wrap the coat tightly around you, lift up the collar and step outside. This may be just a touch of fur, but it will definitely make you feel like the most beautiful and sensual woman out there.
CREME DE LA CREME
LONG & LEAN
They are long, lean, tailored and hide everything from a curious crowd. Pick the best you can get as the coat will work as the focal point of your outfit. And unless you are model-tall, don't forget the heels - stilettos for a special occasion and a knee-length boots with a chunky heel for running around the city.
From Puss in Boots to Red Riding Hood capes make me think of fairy tales, especially when they are as beautiful as the sequin-sprinkled Marc Jacobs one. Perfect to weather with cigarette trousers, skinny jeans and midi-pencil skirts or even full midis and loose trousers.
Correct me if I am wrong, but leopard print coats have something very Parisian about them. Should I blame Saint Laurent or Carine? Not sure. What I do know is that my love of dots grew slowly but strongly, starting with shoes and accessories, then moving into jackets and never making it back. So right now I am in need of my leopard. You?
Photo source: Vogue China November 2015 (photography: Lachlan Bailey, styling: Clare Richardson, model: Andreea Diaconu), Belle de Jour / Elle Russia November 2009 (photography: Mario Sierra, styling: Immaculada Jimenez, model: Flavia de Oliveira), Beyond the Fringe / Vogue US December 2014 (photography: Karim Sadli, styling: Grace Coddington, model: Natalia Vodianova), Vogue China November 2015 (photography: Lachlan Bailey, styling: Clare Richardson, model: Andreea Diaconu), La Vie de Chateau / Vogue Paris October 2015 (photography: Inez & Vinood, styling: Emmanuelle Alt, model: Edie Campbell), WJS September 2015 (photography: Lachlan Bailey, styling: Udivine Poiblanc, model: Freja Beha Erichsen), Glamour France October 2015 (photography: Stefan Heinrichs, styling: Virginie Benarroch, model: Karlina Caune), Elle Denmark October 2015 (photography: Henrik Bulow, styling: Kathrine Agger, model: Josephine Skriver), Bohemian Lights / Harper's Bazaar UK October 2015 (photography: Regan Cameron, styling: Miranda Almond, model: Elizabeth Erm), Vogue Thailand September 2013 (photography: Marcin Tyzka, styling: Ekaterina Mukhina, model: Crista Cober), Vogue Netherlands October 2015 (photography: Paul Bellaart, styling: Jos van Heel, model: Julie Hoomans), Elle France November 2013 (photography: Bjarne Jonasson, styling: Elisabeth Akessoul & Marie Lichtenberg, model: Anouk Hagemeijer)