‘Tis the season for holiday trips. If you’re travelling somewhere cold, now is the perfect time to take out your coats up the far end of your wardrobe. You probably don’t get to wear them as often as you’d like, but when the time comes, know that there are new ways to style them. From a new take on a classic to something that will up your street style credit, here are fresh ways to wear coats.
Vest, the best
Acne Studios Wool-blend felt coat, USD977 (net-a-porter.com); Karl Donoghue Reversible Paneled Shearling Vest, USD588 (theoutnet.com); Saint Laurent Distressed Skinny Jeans, USD684 (net-a-porter.com); Mango ribbed high neck t-shirt, USD28 (mango.com); Alexander Wang Gabi suede ankle boots, USD333 (theoutnet.com)
Take advantage of the cold and take advantage of your layering dreams. On top of your coat, layer on a vest for a more streamlined look. It can be a short one for a more casual take or one that’s as long as the coat you are wearing under for a more sophisticated spin. Scarf as a cherry on top, optional.
NICHOLAS Brushed wool-blend coat, USD342 (theoutnet.com); ZARA Jacquart top, USD22 (zara.com); Chloe leather belt, USD712 (net-a-porter.com); APL Athletic Propulsion Labs Techloom Pro Mesh Sneakers, USD165 (net-a-porter.com); UNIQLO Women Ezy ankle length pants, USD19 (uniqlo.com)
If the bulkiness and heft of coats is not exactly your style, cinch it with a belt. Go for a thin one for a barely there appeal or invest in a logo belt to stay on-trend. Pull up the top part of the coat, just above the belt to give the outfit a chicly undone vibe.
A cool lining
Alaia Bombe 110 studded suede sandals, USD1,214 (net-a-porter.com); Burberry striped cotton-garbandine trench coat, USD2,375 (net-a-porter.com); Agnona striped metallic cashmere-blend midi dress, USD1,170 (theoutnet.com)
Not literally, of course! We say look for a coat that has a lining with patterns or a bold colour. The detail gives an otherwise neutral and utilitarian-looking garment a fun twist. If you’re not bold enough to go print-frenzy, a clean plaid pattern might do the trick for you.
Ellery Aggie embellished leather skirt, USD1,648 (net-a-porter.com); Valentino wool-blend coat, USD1,258 (theoutnet.com); Iris & Ink Terri blouse, USD130 (theoutnet.com); Stuart Weitzman Lowland suede over-the-knee boots, USD1,073 (net-a-porter.com)
Instead of dressing as glumly as the weather feels, don a bright, bold-hued coat to liven up the mood. You can go for jewel tones for a more sophisticated approach or go bold with a bright pink or green for a good contrast with the overcast.
Double it up
Toteme Bergerac oversized double-breasted wool-blend felt coat, USD1,011 (net-a-porter.com); ALEXACHUNG embellished PVC-trimmed velvet Mary Jane ballet flats, USD475 (net-a-porter.com); W118 by Walter Baker Carletta houndstooth jacquard midi dress, USD130 (theoutnet.com)
Instead of a sweater or t-shirt under your coat, go for a classic shirt. The double buttons will give a nice uniform look to your outfit. You can even get playful and zero in on the details – make sure there’s a contrast in colour or size in your shirt and coat buttons.
Amanda Wakeley Wrap-effect cropped crepe jumpsuit, USD346 (theoutnet.com); OFF-WHITE Mirrored-leather belt bag, USD376 (theoutnet.com); Prada ombre patent leather pumps, USD777 (net-a-porter.com); Gucci Hooded wool coat, USD3,468 (net-a-porter.com)
Up your street style cred by wearing the It accessory of the past couple of seasons on top of your coat: the belt bag. Wear it on your hips, as is customary, for a sleek look, or take a cue from street style savants and wear it like a body bag. Go for a bold-hued bag if your coat is on the neutral side.