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The Edit

Calling Out For Coats

Finding the perfect winter coat can feel like a seasonal struggle. Look no further than our edit of the ten key styles, however – from classic to cape to cosy wrap – and you’ll discover an outerwear armoire to see you through every sartorial quandary.   

The Classic Coat

A well-cut coat will never let you down. When looking for a wardrobe staple it’s best to start with a fail-safe colour – black, grey, navy or camel – and a simple, timeless cut. This is not about following trends; you don’t want to be stuck to a particular season, but instead find a go-to coat that will always be in rotation.

The Wrap Coat

A wrap coat is a style that suits everyone and when it’s by Max Mara – who truly understands outerwear and elegant tailoring – it’s easy to see why it’s a perennial favourite.

The Parka

The parka was the coat to be seen in during the '90s Brit Pop era, and courtesy of the '90s revival trend, it’s making its comeback. Practical, rainproof and undeniably warm – what’s not to love?

Mr & Mrs Italy
Stone Fur Trim Parka

The Checked Coat

Checks ruled the Autumn/Winter 2017 runways, and the Spring/Summer 2018 collections proved they’re here to stay, so pick out your favourite – houndstooth, Prince of Wales, gingham – and wear with pride both this season and next.

The Opera Coat

An opera coat is not your everyday item; long and fabulous, it's a dress coat that's typically worn for special occasions but that's also a great excuse to make a bit of a statement.

Dolce & Gabbana
Embroidered LongJacket
Drawstring Cape

The Cape

Few coat styles have a history quite as varied as the cape. Allegedly dating back to Medieval times, it’s catered to everything from military wear and police uniforms to super-elegant gown-toppers. There’s no hard and fast rule for a cape other than how it fastens, so feel free to have a little fun – embroidered, fur-trimmed, multi-coloured… Anything goes.

The Colour-Block Coat

A brightly coloured coat is a statement piece every wardrobe needs, even if you normally stick to monochrome. Go for bold colours – think red, royal blue, mustard – and have fun with detailing. No wallflowers here.

The Fur Coat

Channel Anna Karenina and wrap yourself up in fur this winter. A statement in itself, keep the rest of your look simple and prepare to wear atop everything from jeans and a T-shirt to a winter wedding ensemble.

Weekend Max Mara
Rabit Fur Coat

The Trench Coat

The trench is a British classic, perfectly suited to temperamental weather – it was also all over the runways for Spring/Summer 2018, so invest now to be ahead of the trend.

Trench Coat

The Duffle Coat

Leave all visions of Paddington Bear behind, the duffle is a key winter coat. A favourite of Alexa Chung’s, it’s a playful, easy style that will top all manner of looks.