The leaves have turned, the nights are drawing in and, after a season spent soaking up the sun at the nearest rooftop bar, our cold-weather wardrobes are in need of a serious replenish. Begin with the most crucial piece – the all-important winter coat.
A good piece of outerwear has the power to instantly transform an otherwise drab look and dramatically lift the spirits. This season’s stellar collection of hardworking cover-ups are as cosy as they are elegant. There isn’t a single coat in Maxmara’s ever-reliable tactile caboodle that I wouldn’t happily bundle up in, and, even if you’re just in the market for a workaday black or navy number, you’re not going to be left wanting for style and quality. Of course, if you’re looking to make a statement, this season’s vogue for chic capes and winter pastels has you covered, literally.
Wardrobe staples don’t come much more timeless than a black overcoat – and you’re going to be spoiled for choice if you’ve got one at the top of your wish list for AW22. For weekdays, opt for longline tailored designs that will keep out the chill during your commute, while super-soft unstructured silhouettes in wool and cashmere are perfect for pairing with jeans and knitwear at the weekend.
Endlessly chic and just as versatile as a black coat, navy hues look brilliant matched with fiery autumnal tones and look great when thrown over party dresses come the festive season. Avoid superfluous detailing in favour of clean, minimal lines – a well-placed pocket or belted waist can go a long way to creating a shapely silhouette.
Neutrals have been ruling the fashion scene for some time now but the humble camel coat transcends seasonal trends. Spanning hues from dark ivory to light brown, there’s one to suit every skintone and wardrobe palette. Wear yours with statement jewellery and knee-high boots for the quintessential autumn outfit. (Oh, and if youre looking for a camel trench coat, we’ve got you covered here.)
Pastels may not be an obvious choice for winter but what could be more cheerful on a grey November day than lemon yellow or baby pink? The trick to working these shades seamlessly into your existing wardrobe is to opt for block colours and longline cuts that leave just a hint of trouser cuff or skirt hem peeping out.
Far more fun than a classic coat and with a subtle nod towards statement styling – even when rendered in monotone black – the cape is making a comeback this season. Best worn with chunky knitwear in contrasting colours, whether your preference is for elegantly-tailored cashmere, casual fringing or generous draping, it’s time to work one into your regular outerwear rotation.
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