Today I thought I’d show you ways to style not one of my FAVOURITE items of clothing, but one of my LEAST FAVOURITE items: the basic black coat.
However, I do love MY black coat. Let’s just say that of black coats in general, I’m not much of a fan, shall we…?
I love a well-styled outfit as much as the next woman, but black coats do tend to fill me with dread. Have you ever noticed that in the winter you see a mass of black coats when you’re out and about? Go to a busy train station and you’ll see what I mean… I honestly think that around 80% of people wear a black coat (often a puffa). It’s ever-so-slightly depressing, especially when they’re paired with jeans and black shoes. Or black boots. And a black scarf.
Excuse me while I zzzzzzzz…
Oops, nodded off there whilst pondering black coats…!
Now, that’s not to say I’m going to toss mine out (even though I’m such a lover of colour and The Owner Of All the Coloured Coats In The Universe). In fact I actually MADE A POINT of getting a classic black winter coat a few years ago because it was one item I didn’t have in my wardrobe.
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(I have countless pink coats, many MANY check coats and several in yellow or orange. Then there are all the camel ones and the leopard ones and the two-tone ones…)
The black coat had always eluded me and my closet. As long as it was the right style and cut, I thought my wardrobe might benefit from a basic black number to keep the black biker jacket and the black longline blazer company. And the one I went for was this:
Pretty boring, you might say.
HOWEVER, with this coat it was all about the cut and the tailoring (the nearest one I could find to mine is this classic black coat from Hobbs). Longline and in wool, single-breasted, plain lapels, slightly nipped in at the waist. Perfect.
SHOP THE LOOK:
A black coat always needs colour and texture. It doesn’t need to be a lot of both, just a fair amount of at least one and a bit of the other. (Otherwise you’ll blend into all those other people in black puffa coats and jeans at the train station.)
I’ve worn my black coat about five times on the blog (that I could remember), but every time I’ve followed my own advice and added plenty of colour and texture.
This time? I went with a smart casual look: a white-background tartan scarf, burgundy trousers with a red go-faster-stripe (love these), chunky heeled ankle boots (similar) and a black and white (wide) stripe sweater.
The accessories I chose were a grey wool fedora* and a smart grey leather backpack*. I’m pretty much only wearing black, white and red but there’s a lot going on here in the way of pattern and texture, so no worries about blending into those crowds.
Scroll down to see the other ways I’ve styled my black coat, all the while avoiding that winter uniform of the masses. I’ve included a couple of dressy looks (good for date nights in winter), another smart casual look and then one with jeans. Even I break my own self-enforced “rules” at times…!
One thing that’s an essential with black coats, though: always have a lint roller on hand. A black coat always picks up the MINUTEST bits of fluff and hairs and makes them look 10 times worse than they would on any other colour. I rollered my coat literally just before walking out the door to take photos, and STILL you can see fluffy bits.
Aaaaargh to all that mysterious white fluff and [dog] hair!
DO YOU WEAR A BLACK COAT IN WINTER – IF SO HOW DO YOU STYLE YOURS?! TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS…
Scarf: Asos (similar)
Coat: La Redoute (similar)
Trousers: Oasis (I like these)
Hat: The White Company/gifted (similar)
Sweater: Mango (similar)
Backpack: Katie Loxton/gifted
Sunglasses: Lulus (similar)
Boots: New Look (similar)
4 more ways to style a basic black winter coat
2. Casual – with jeans and the same scarf
I obviously like that tartan scarf with the black coat…! This is super casual, though nothing like the black winter uniform of the masses I mentioned. A bit of extra colour, lots of texture. (original post >>)
2. Dressy – with wide leg trousers, a polka dot blouse and neck bowtie
One of my favourite outfits EVER. I went for a Katherine Hepburn-inspired look with wide leg trousers and a blouse with polka dots and a black neck bow tie (such a fab finishing touch). Worn to a birthday party meal, it would also be perfect for a date night with the OH. (original post >>)
3. Dressy – with a sweater dress layered over trousers and heels
Another outfit suitable for a date night – or just a date – I used my old trick of layering a dress over trousers. The little touches of bling echoed the sparkle in the dress and the clutch provided colour. (original post >>)
4. Smart casual – with monochrome knitwear and checked trousers
It’s those oft-worn checked trousers again! Blue is not a colour I wear a lot, but I like the way the blue sweater is the same blue as the scarf and both provide texture. MUST dig out those blue aviators now I’ve seen them again. (original post >>)
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