With an impressive array of outerwear available this season, you don’t have to compromise style for warmth. Find out how with our guide to coats for the winter racing season…
On a chilly day at the races, wrapping up warm is a priority, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with fashion. Thankfully, this season’s Sixties retro fever, bright colour-clashes and manly tailoring is taking outerwear from dull necessity to fabulous must-have. Those who prefer the classic, timeless look have an even greater choice on offer too - as so-called ‘heritage chic’ has now gone mainstream.
Here’s our pick of the coats to cut a dash:
Texture clashing is big news for autumn/winter so transfer the trend to your coat with an unexpected mix of materials. This Jonathan Saunders for Debenhams wool trench with its leather sleeves is a style steal (available at Debenhams - £199).
For the more adventurous, an over-sized coat (that looks like it could be borrowed from your man) - was a runaway on the runways. Stella McCartney’s camel wool double-breasted coat is guaranteed to turn heads (available www.net-a-porter.com £1,275).
If that all seems a little scary, keep it classic with a single colour, three-quarter-length wool trench, belted at the waist for a flattering shape. Update the look for modern day in an autumnal burnt orange shade and wear heels to carry off the length. This MaxMara option is an investment piece that will see you through season after season (available from www.houseoffraser.co.uk £655).
For men, sharp tailoring is the order of the day - and Jaeger’s dapper grey single-breasted wool overcoat (£430 - main picture above) is the perfect mix of practical and smart.
For the quintessential English country gent look, the heritage trend is perfect for the racing scene. You won’t find anything warmer than Austin Reed’s quilted jacket (£229), but it can look too casual if you don’t dress well underneath.
Traditionalists can’t go wrong with a wax Barbour jacket (£219.95) and you’ll be bang on trend this season too… but you might be hard to spot in a crowd!
- Jonathan Saunders at Debenhams - Leather sleeve trench coat, £199 (www.debenhams.co.uk)
- Stella McCartney - Camel wool coat, £1,275 (www.net-a-porter.com)
- MaxMara - Burnt Orange belted coat, £655 (www.houseoffraser.co.uk)
- Jaeger - Lady’s red coat, £450; Men’s grey coat, £430; (www.jaeger.co.uk)
- Barbour - Men’s wax jacket, £219.95 (0800 009 988)
- Austin Reed - Men’s quilted jacket, £229 (01845 573 135)
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