Wednesday, 11 November 2015

9 Ways to Wear 3 Statement Coats (Plus AW15 Best Coat Picks)

9 ways to wear 3 statement coats | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Last weekend I got my winter coats out of storage. Although it's still strangely mild in the UK (15ºC/59ºF in the south west), I always love the excitement of seeing my winter coats again after a few months packed away.

One of the few benefits of having cold weather in this country is getting the opportunity to wear my statement coats a lot (unlike the little wear my summer dresses get), so I thought it was timely to show you how I style my three favourite coats in nine different ways.

(That's three coats three ways each, or nine ways altogether... I wasn't sure how I was meant to phrase it!)

I've also included a few of my picks of the best AW15 statement coats available at the moment: I could double the number of statement coats I own in one fell swoop with these beauties.

Do you love a statement coat like me - and if so how much wear do yours get? Let me also know what new coats you have your eye on for this season... Tell me in the comments or tweet me @notlamb!

3 ways to wear a fur, leather and tweed coat | Not Dressed As Lamb
1. Tweed coat with leather sleeves and fur collar (left | middle | right) - River Island
I adore this coat: The different fabrics and textures make it feel and look so much more expensive than it actually was. (This faux shearling coat is my current favourite alternative.)

I thought I'd regret the fur collar not being detachable, but to be honest I couldn't imagine the coat without it. It adds a touch of glamour to a date-night outfit worn just over the shoulders, and the neutral tones work well with autumnal colours. I've seen a few coats with faux leather sleeves like this; add a separate fur collar yourself and you get the same effect.

3 ways to wear a black and white check coat | Not Dressed As Lamb
2. Bold black and white check wool coat (left | middle | right) - Marks & Spencer
For some reason I seem to always favour warm shades - red, coral and pink - with this black and white coat (this one is almost identical).

I wore it to a business meeting I attended (above left); the suit trousers and cashmere sweater with crisp shirt collar was one of my favourite looks at the time.

Pattern mixing works well with a great check: It'll always look good with a contrasting tartan. A polka dot scarf or top (or other bold pattern) work well, too.

3 ways to wear a black and leopard print car coat | Not Dressed As Lamb
3. Colour-blocked leopard print and black car coat (left | middle | right) - Zara
This is undoubtedly the best leopard print piece of clothing I own; it can be tricky to style, however. I find that as long as there is some black in the rest of my outfit it works. I've worn this coat a lot on the blog and it never fails to get compliments. This tailored leopard print coat is one of the classiest alternatives I've found recently.

I think leopard print suits the masculine chic look with boyfriend jeans and brogues, and blush pink works beautifully with it (must try that again with other pink tops or sweaters).

Adding fun or boyish elements that contrast the leopard print - like the baseball cap and denim - stop it falling into "brassy" territory... A potential trap to avoid if, like me, you're into a more edgy look.


AW15 best statement coat picks
There are so many great statement coats out there this season - here's my pick of the best! I hope you like bright colour, faux fur or bold pattern... They're all here!

Nic+Zoe AW15 bold blush jacket
1. NIC+ZOE Bold Blush Jacket
I died and went to ombré heaven when I saw this gorgeous blush coat from NIC+ZOE. I'm obsessed with everything pink, peach and lilac at the moment so the colour and the asymmetrical style tick all my AW15 wishlist boxes. (It also comes in Petite and Plus sizes as well as Regular which is a bonus.) I could see it paired with lilac skinnies or my winter white tailored trousers.

NIC+ZOE also have a great selection of neutral-coloured statement coats if you're after something bold but in a more muted colour.


Topshop AW15 multi-coloured fur coat
2. Topshop Multi-Coloured Faux Fur Coat
Like something out of a Siberian circus, this crazy faux fur coat from Topshop has a gorgeous black, white, emerald, coral and yellow colour combination. Not everyone's cup of tea, but if you want a hit-you-in-the-face statement coat this would surely be it.

To be honest I'd go neutral with black like they've styled the model - with a coat this bold you don't want to take the attention away from it (if that were possible)!


Monki AW15 oversized houndstooth coat
3. Monki Quilted Oversized Coat (at ASOS)
Padded coats aren't usually particularly stylish, but if you want a super-warm coat that also makes a statement this quilted beauty would do both for you. I love the oversized houndstooth print and the rounded collar - it's also fully-lined and machine-washable (bonus).

As it's double-breasted I can imagine it's the nearest thing to wrapping yourself up in a winter duvet.


Yumi AW15 yellow and grey check coat
4. Yumi Oversized Check Coat (at House of Fraser)
The colours of this coat are stunning - a greenish-yellow and blue-grey check - in my favourite shape, the oversized duster coat. It has a touch of the 60s about it, and as a fan of checked coats (I have at least five, maybe six) I think this would look really at home in my collection. Perfect with indigo or charcoal grey denim, though I have some mustard trousers that would also look great with it.

Because of the 60s styling it works well with the cropped skinnies and ballet flats (as pictured), but I like the idea of knee-high boots, opaque tights and a short, straight skirt with it (just above the knee for me).


Hobbs AW15 fur coat
5. Hobbs Valentia Coat
If the crazy Topshop coat was too much for you but you love faux fur, this stunning faux fur wrap coat from Hobbs will still make a statement, but the warm, neutral colour is easier to style than those circus colours. It would look great with or without the leather tie belt, and I'd probably team it with rich jewel colours or winter white.

I think this would last many years because although it's a bold coat the colour will mean it won't date for years - definitely one to invest in, especially as it looks more expensive than it is.


Asos AW15 black and white stripe coat
6. ASOS WHITE Overcoat in Monochrome Stripe
ASOS have come up with another black and white statement, this time as a long blanket coat in an unusual stripe. I love the sportswear they've teamed it with in the photo, though it would work just as well over an office-appropriate skirt and heels. It would be great as a smart commuting-to-the-office coat and for country walks (as a freelancer I favour the latter)!

Catherine

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14 comments

  1. I let out a little squeeeeeel at that topshop coat...then another at the padded Monki one! Wow. LOVE.

    I have one or two coats....erm....a few! But I am needing a patterned-statement instead of just colour-statements. I hope that makes sense!
    These are great inspiration.
    I am drawn to leopard but your "brassy" comment really hit home. That is my fear too!
    It is a fine line between edgy and funky and Mutton dressed as lamb...which seems to look frumpy. Why is that?
    Of course, you have walked the line and come out victorious!
    I love the fact that we see your items re-used and each tie looking fresh...those black ankle boots SHOULD be a bit "yawn" but I feel like I need them in my wardrobe! They look amazing.
    I am off to check out your original posts (again)....and maybe do a spot of shopping...you are a bad influence :oP
    Great piece.
    XXX
    Samantha
    Fake Fabulous

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    1. Isn't the Topshop coat crazy gorgeous, Samantha...?!! Thanks for the lovely comments, I'm so sorry to be a bad influence! Though just blogging generally is a bad influence on me, shopping-wise hehe ;)

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  2. That technicolour dream faux fur coat from Topshop is pure Sheela.

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    1. Ohhhhhh yes it has Sheela written all over it!!!!!!! x

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  3. Some fabulous coats. Especially loving the leopard print! I can be so hard to make it look right but you've definitely made it work. Jane x

    http://arthursmum.com

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    1. Aww thanks, Jane - a big expanse of leopard is definitely hard to style I think...!

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  4. You've got some great coats Catherine! I am drooling over the ombre coat.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Hope to see your Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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    1. Thank you Alice so much - I've been and linked up! x

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  5. I LOVE the leopard coat, so classy! I have a leopard coat as well, and I use season after season. This year I am looking for a coat that has to be secondhand and green and brown checkered :-) I hope I find it....

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    1. Wow that's pretty specific, Tone - I hope you find it...?!! Thanks sweetie x

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  6. All gorgeous, and #1 wants to come live in my closet! xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  7. Nice selection of coats especially the Asos one. I am still in jackets and shawls.

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    1. Thanks Josephine - I'm actually looking forward to wearing mine, strange as it seems...!

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