The Key Coat Shapes for Autumn/Winter 2012

Although we are feeling the benefits of a late warm spell this week, it’s never to early to start looking for a new winter coat. This season there are a number of options to choose from; trends for winter coats included the cocoon, the wrap, the cape, military and clean simple lines all appeared on the catwalk.

So which coat is best for your body shape and proportions? Swing coats and capes are great for those of us with a curvy body or an apple shape. The more tailored or double breasted styles work better on a straight body and a small bust. And the belted styles are great for waist emphasis. Avoid the very long military styles if you are petite and stick to a three quarter length.

All budgets are catered for from £100 but if you are looking for a coat to last for many seasons and become a key item in your capsule wardrobe spend a little more on a quality wool or cashmere coat.

My favourite coats were those shown at Jill Sander with their clean lines and luxurious impractical colours of pale pink and winter white, but equally I have yearned for many years for a classic from Maxmara, like the ones below – one day!














Here are a few from the high street picking up on the many coat themes of the season:

Grey Knit Cocoon coat from Phase Eight
Navy Cocoon coat by Pied A Terre
Blue Swing Coast from Boden
Military style coat from Planet at House of Fraser
Black Boucle Cape by Phase Eight
Apricot wrap coat by Jaegar from House of Fraser
Grey Alpaca coat by Maella at House of Fraser
Tobacco belted coat by L.K. Bennett