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The Best Coats of AW19

FEATURE: QUICK READ
Words by ABIGAIL GURNEY-READ

Love them or hate them, colder climes are inevitable. Our philosophy? If you can’t beat them, lean in. Winter forecasts herald a welcome influx of sumptuous layering and coats galore – which, if you ask us, makes for ample reason to rejoice. Autumn/Winter 2019, we’ll see you now.

Gender Neutral

Oversized enough to accommodate the season’s chunkiest knitwear – but not so much as to swamp the figure entirely, AW19’s tailored coats sit firmly on the right side of androgynous. Victoria Beckham and newcomer BOONTHESHOP have us spoiled for choice with their longline, precision-cut iterations. Soften the edges with will-o’-the-wisp separates in chiffon or satin.

Bear Necessities

Maintaining snug-as-bug status amidst the chill is a (teddy bear’s) picnic thanks to AW19’s textural treats – a pleasingly tactile platter that spans from tonal shearling to playfully printed fuzz. Cuddlesome looks arrive thick and fast courtesy of Shrimps and Max Mara. For the Italian house in particular, they’ve become something of a signature. Cue the cosy!

In the Trenches

The classic trench coat is a perennial style icon that’s steeped in history. Burberry remains synonymous with the gabardine archetype – tracing its roots all the way back to the frontline of World War I. For a modern interpretation, look no further than London Fashion Week-favourite Rejina Pyo, who versions the silhouette for the now in a buttery touch of vegan leather.

Cape Town

Forget what you’ve heard… All heroes wear capes! Swirling and romantic with elegance to spare, this Little Women-approved silhouette is among the runaway outerwear trends of AW19. Team a classic cashmere version with vintage-inspired florals and ankle boots if, like us, you fancy yourself something of a modern-day March sister.

Check Republic

From joyously bright plaids to monochrome houndstooth, no two checks are the same. Therein lies their appeal. Heritage hauteur or modern and directional – whatever your style tribe, there’s an AW19 version with your name on it. Sustainability champion Mother Of Pearl offers the perfect middle ground. Cast in hues of heather pink and fern green, the Mable coat’s fabric origins can be traced all the way back to their natural source. Check mate.

All Puffed Up

Fear not the XXL puffer jacket! Far from the preserve of hardy mountaineers alone, this season’s emboldened designs put pay to the idea that insulation equates to out-and-out bulk. Ienki Ienki puts itself on the map as the name to remember for all things directional (think fierce python prints and high-octane metallics); meanwhile, Nanushka revises the staple for AW19 in the most delicious faux leather for a hit of sophistication.

  • PhotographerSAM WILSON
  • Fashion EditorJACK REID
  • HairHIROSHI MATSUSHITA
  • Make-UpLINDA ANDERSON
  • ModelVALENTINE @ SELECT
  • Fashion AssistantMARINA PAMIES
  • ProducerKIM REDDISH