Essential Winter Outerwear Edit

With winter officially in full swing, a gorgeous coat is always a welcomed wardrobe addition. From classic coats to on-trend outerwear, we’ve rounded up the best pieces to keep you chicly cosy during those brisk morning walks to work and melt away the last of your mid-winter blues.

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Kristall Trench, $670 from Karen Walker (left), Alexis Coat, $611 from Juliette Hogan (centre), Coloured Trench Coat, $139 from Zara (right).

As far as outwear royalty is concerned, it’s safe to say that the classic trench coat reigns supreme. Belted, oversized, double-breasted — the multitude of styles makes the trench a perfect and quintessential starting point for a fabulous outerwear collection and an always-worthwhile investment piece. An effortless way of channeling Parisian-cool chicness in your winter outfits is to opt for an oversized, light-weighted fabric trench in a neutral tone like Karen Walker’s Kristall.

On the other hand, a form-fitting coat made from a thicker fabric like Juliette Hogan’s Alexis coat will make any outfit look structured and undeniably put-together. Despite being a classic item, the trench doesn’t have to adhere to its traditional aesthetics of classic tones and trimmings. This gorgeous candy pink trench from Zara is proof that this iconic outerwear truly lends itself to a multitude of modern spins, showing that there’s a trench out there for absolutely every style.

Winter Coats

Houston Coat, $369 from Ruby (left), Assert Coat, $599.99 from Moochi (centre), Jessica Jacket Disco, $749 from Harman Grubisa (right).

While winter may be synonymous with darker tones, coats can be the colourful ticket that livens up this season’s otherwise sombre outfits. With many of our local designers adding beautiful, boldly hued coats to their range this season, there’s certainly no shortage of colourful offerings waiting for you to wrap up warm in.  Adding a dash of colour to your look while staying understated is made easy with a plethora of pastel pieces on the outerwear scene this season, like Ruby’s gorgeous baby blue Houston Coat.

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous and fancy adventuring into more colourful territories, the Assert coat by Moochi, which comes in both a fuchsia and cobalt, is our top pick. Of course, we can’t go past Harman Grubiša for outerwear that’s both beautiful in craftsmanship and in appearance. This season’s winter outerwear collection is dotted with bright and bold pieces, perfect for lovers of high-voltage colour. Our top pick from the range is none other than the stunning Jessica Jacket, which comes in an eye-catching hot pink and is complete with a luxurious sateen sheen finish.

Winter Coats

Dolly Coat, $349 from Ruby (left), Bug Biker Jacket, $650 from Karen Walker (centre), Frida Chevron Fur Bomber, $699 from Hailwood (right).

Winter dressing also presents us with an endless array of textures to work into our outfits, especially when it comes to outerwear. From furs to decadently heavy wool blends, the winter collections this season are full to the brim with pieces featuring textures that are perfect for keeping you cosy and, of course, chic during the winter months. Ruby’s winter collection, Faux Pas, is full of plush garments that are as beautiful to touch as they are to look at — not to mention cruelty free! Among their selection of gorgeous faux-fur pieces is the Dolly Coat, which is our top pick for a fun way to wrap up warm this winter while making a statement.

Karen Walker’s winter outwear collections also features a stellar line-up of textures. Combining two of this season’s biggest trends — teddy textures and the classic checkered print, the Bug Biker is just the ticket to keep you stylishly snug. Another texture-rich coat that we just can’t help but obsess over this season is Hailwoods’s Frida Chevron Fur Bomber. The eye-catching and on-trend, faux-fur chevron patchwork on this jacket makes it a perfect option for adding a touch of uniqueness to an outfit — in the most snug way possible.

Winter Coats

Edu Dress Coat, $699 from Ingrid Starnes (left), Lucky Star Jacket, $719 from Trelise Cooper (centre), ASOS Pearl Soft Coat, $88.11 from ASOS (right).

It’s no secret that the outerwear is often the focal point of the work of art that is an outfit. Ingrid Starnes’ Edu Dress Coat gorgeous proves that not only can the outerwear be the focal item, it can also be the only component in your outfit. This versatile dress coat will be the perfect multi-use piece for seasons to come; style it with a chic pair of heels and some sparkles for a gorgeous formal look, or keep it casual by layering it over a day-time winter outfit. Perfect for throwing over your shoulders on nights out on the town or as an inter-seasonal, you can never go a-miss with a leather jacket.

While tan and black tones are the usual go-to for this staple piece, we think wintertime is the perfect time to opt for stand-out leather jacket to brighten up these duller days, like Trelise Coopers’ Lucky Star Jacket in gold, with star studs to match. Embellished coats are also a perfect revving up the glam in your winter outfits. From applique to embroidery, gemstones or pearls like on this lilac piece by ASOS, a coat with a touch of sparkle and shine will act as both a focal point and an accessory, while making you shine and stay snug.

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