Photography: Luciano Munhoz
A great thing to do to keep your outfits interesting is to have a number of different coats, so you at least feel like you don’t look the same every day. However, coats can be expensive especially if you want to purchase good quality pieces which I absolutely recommend if you want to keep yourself warm. So if your budget or closet doesn’t stretch to purchasing a few winter coats then my advice would be – invest in pieces that will transform that one stunning coat!
In terms of the silhouette, something fairly straight usually works best, because although I love full-skirted coats, I feel they don’t really look very good with trousers so if you are only going to be investing in one coat then I think a straighter fit is much more wearable. I love anything from over the knee length to a midi style coat but I would recommend going for a non-belted if you can style as I feel like you can wear these both with or without a belt so they give you more room to play.
Next would be investing in a collar or scarf to pair with your coat. Some brands like Ted Baker do great pieces with detachable faux fur collars. But if you have gone for a simpler style you can always purchase fayx fur scarves or collars which can add a touch of glamour and really amp up a look, specially in the evenings. If you are opting for a more casual look then pairing your coat with a big chunky scarf or stole can completely change the look and keep you nice and cosy at the same time. This is a great way to add a pop of colour to a neutral outfit or play with a different kind of texture to make the look a little more interesting.
My next suggestion would be to invest in a gilet. I got my first gilet as a gift from my parents for Christmas a couple of years ago and I thought I would get no wear out of it, beacause London was simply too cold to stroll out in winter with a jumper and a gilet over the top. However you might not believe this, but I actually featured this piece in my most worn pieces for 2016 and I think it would be up there again this year. My reason for this was that not only was I wearing my gilet with jumpers in the milder days but it also worked really well with coats. You can wear them underneath your coat to keep you warmer and have the neck showing which can look quite nice, but if you want to really change up your look, wear it over your coat. A gilet the same length as your coat in either fur or faux fur can add a really interesting texture to your coat and completely transforms it making it look like an entirely different piece. You can also play with silhouttes and add a shorter gilet like mine and then belt both pieces adding a sort of peplum feel to the outfit which can be really flattering.