Shopping guide: winter jackets
There are many signs that winter is coming – the clocks changing, the arrival of mince pies in supermarkets – yet one of the surest signs is that you cannot leave the house without the trusty jacket.
There’s a fair case for saying that this is the single most important part of your wardrobe. You can be out to impress in the most amazing dress in the world – or get suited and booted in the best designer menswear – but if you cover this with a battered old jacket you’ll be completely let down. The jacket is the one item of clothing that gives off an all-important first impression and it’s what you’ll be seen in in public.
With the dark nights and chilly weather well and truly upon us, time is very much of the essence. So, before you view the pages of How To Spend It, what should you be looking for to to stay in fashion this season?
Women: It’s time for a caped crusade
Capes are in this season – and should be on the shopping list of any fashion-savvy female. As the website Luxpresso points out: “Cape jackets and coats are taking over the power wardrobe for women, whether on the ramp or in a boardroom. A favourite of celebrities and CEOs alike, it is the simplest way to upgrade a casual outfit into a classy one. You can use it to simply layer when the temperatures dip or wear it for a formal night out, the cape will never fail you.”
It flags up a number of cape jackets that are perfect for this including:
*Alexander McQueen Placed Rose Jaquard Short Cape (price $2,540)
*Stella McCartney Charcoal Anouk Cape (£1,935)
*Michael Kors Faux Fur Cape ($350)
*Ted Baker Zala Jacquard Cape (£249)
Men: Oversize gets your point over
The Telegraph’s style guru Darren Kennedy points out how, for men, this winter is all about the oversize. He points out: “Investing in a winter coat is a must and it’s important to choose the right one, in terms of fit and shape on your body.
“Don’t buy a shearling-lined parka in this season’s purported must-have hue if your sole reason for purchasing it is to be en vogue. It can be fun to play with and adopt certain trends, but choose wisely and prioritise shape and structure first.
“This autumn/winter is all about luxury, as well as playing with proportion: think oversized outwear, inspired by Japanese street style, with voluminous sleeves and drop shoulders.
“As well as structure and volume, texture is important – and if there’s one fabric to have in your wardrobe, it’s shearling!”
Among the items he flags up as being worth looking for are:
*Bally Double-Breasted Coat (£995)
*AMI Double-Breasted Camel Coat (£470)
*Officine Générale Peacoat (£485)
*Reiss Double-Breasted Coat (£495)
So, keep your eyes on the capes and the oversized jackets (follow the hyperlinks above for more details) and you’ll be well set for the stylish coup de grace that your wardrobe needs to have in place this winter.