Friday, 25 November 2011

The Best Coats for Winter

If you take a look at some of London's window displays for Christmas, you can acknowledge the proeminence of white, either as a background or as a dominant colour (Selfridges).   

Alexander McQueen, Prada and Halston. Source:

White is usually associated with the heat of summer, it refects the sun rays kepping us cool and it's bright, creating a stark contrast with the sun-kissed skin.

But white is also the colour of snow, bringing winter to mind, most Scandinavians wear light colours, even though they live in countries which are extremely cold and dark during this season.

Reiss ( and Zara (

There is something in white which brightens up our spirit and some designers have picked up this colour to create the most amazing coats, proving that if you want to be warm you don't have to walk around with something that looks like a sleeping bag... 

And of course, some high street retailers followed the trend. But if you're worried about your dry cleaning bill, you can always brighten up with different colours, I love the Diane Von Furstenberg option, adding a geometric pattern to what could be another conventional black coat.

Emilio Pucci, Diane Von Furstenberg and Gucci. Source:

But black is always seductive and it goes with any other colour. That's why most people end up wearing a black coat every winter. The camel coat is also a safe option but it was so trendy last year that this year you may want to try something different.   

Rouland Mouret and Yves Saint Laurent. Source:

Or not... If you're happy with what you have already in your wardrobe it's worth waiting for the sales which will start right after Christmas, London has the most incredible reductions, just remember to go in the early days, particularly if you're a size 10 or 12.

Kaufmanfranco and Vionnet.

But if you're not on a budget, different designers gave us their own creative interpretation of the traditional black coat. Grey is also a recurrent colour for winter, Alexander McQueen is definitely a favourite! 

Chanel and Alexander McQueen. Source:

I also like earthy tones so I'll leave you with this amazingly soft version of Reiss in a warm cherry... It reminds me of Christmas!

Reiss. Source:

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