Considering we spend nearly six months wearing our winter coats, it’s only fair that they reflect both our personal styles and seasonal must-do’s. So with a wide range of colour being represented on the Fall 2011 landscape, we’ve looked at the coat trends for the following season, so that regardless of what you’re covering up, you’re still making a statement.
This spring, we saw it in makeup and amped up through neon, but this season, a burnt-out orange is how to make your winter coat do more than just keep out the cold. Pioneered by the likes of Burberry Prorsum, orange houndstooth helps evoke the ˜60s vibe that’s also definitive of this season, while the Creamsicle-toned peacoats showcased by both Celine and Burberry (again) bring some much-needed fun to a piece we seem to eventually dread wearing.
Plaid once again rears its head going into the season, with blue and red designs by Thakoon channeling Canada’s famous lumberjack trademark “ which is perfect to be worn atop more casual outfits like jeans, a sweater and with desert boots. However, Victoria Beckham showcased a formal, classic style through her Fall 2011 collection, combining a bright poppy shade with a traditional A-line cut, which can work alongside dresses or formalwear for a polished, preppy look.
Despite being safe, neutrals aren’t boring, so by embracing a camel-toned overcoat like the ones seen in Chloé© and Stella McCartney’s collections, you can don statement pieces like colourful print scarves, leather pants and embellished shoes and boots. Wearable with the bold prints seen in shows by the likes Marc Jacobs, camel-toned coats are not only practical, but pay homage to the season’s affinity for minimalism, allowing you to stand out as opposed a louder tone.
Surprise, surprise, back is black. And while everyone’s favourite shade arguably never left, the combination of ˜60s style with straight-laced minimalism has resulted in a penchant for dark tones that keeps outwear simple. Whether worn in the military style of Gucci or with vintage inspiration like Jean Paul Gauthier, the year’s gothic resurgence can be channeled with only a layer; being easily vamped-up through boots and print tights, or kept simple with wide-legged pleated pants and platform heels.