Winter coats: This season’s 6 key trends

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Winter coats: This season’s 6 key trends
Best Winter Coats 2018

Miss Selfridge Rust Teddy Coat, £65; Navy Chevron Compact Knitted Jumper, £35, available from Miss Selfridge.

Winter coats: This season’s 6 key trends
Best Winter Coats 2018

Elvi Megan Faux Fur Midaxi Coat, £119, available from Elvi.

Winter coats: This season’s 6 key trends
Best Winter Coats 2018

New Look Mustard Colour Block Puffer Jacket, £39.99, available from New Look.

Winter coats: This season’s 6 key trends
Best Winter Coats 2018

Next Check Tartan Coat, £80, available from Next.

Winter coats: This season’s 6 key trends
Best Winter Coats 2018

Monsoon Fergie Wool Blend Check Coat, £150, available from Monsoon.

Winter coats: This season’s 6 key trends
Best Winter Coats 2018

Wallis Brown Leopard Print Faux Fur Midi Coat, £85; Black Stud Detail Polo Neck Jumper, £26; Black Button Trousers, £35; Black Low Cut Shoe Boots, £49, available from Wallis (belt, stylist's own).

Winter coats: This season’s 6 key trends
Best Winter Coats 2018

Red Herring Leopard Print Wool Blend Longline Coat, £69, available from Debenhams.

Winter coats: This season’s 6 key trends
Best Winter Coats 2018

River Island Light Brown Borg Longline Coat, £85; Brown vinyl Tie Waist Trench Coat, £85; Cream Turtle Neck Long Sleeve Jumper, £26; Mid Blue Amelie Ripped Hem Super Skinny Jeans, £42; Beige Layered Sole Lace-up Trainers, £42, available from River Island.

Winter coats: This season’s 6 key trends
Best Winter Coats 2018

Next High Shine Trench Coat, £70, available from Next.

Winter coats: This season’s 6 key trends
Best Winter Coats 2018

White Stuff Caitlin Check Cape, £55, available from White Stuff.

Winter coats: This season’s 6 key trends
Best Winter Coats 2018

Wallis Monochrome Geometric Print Wrap, £30, available from Wallis.

Katie Wright has this autumn/winter’s essential outerwear looks all wrapped up.

Remember last winter, when everywhere you turned there was someone wearing an oversized black shearling biker jacket? The insanely popular jacket originated at Acne but was copied by Zara (who else?), plus practically every other high street retailer and sold like hot cakes.

So far this year, there hasn’t been one coat to rule them all on the streets, but then it’s hardly been cold enough for proper coats yet, has it? That’s all about to change, however, with November forecast to be very chilly indeed.

What’s on the outerwear agenda this season then? Biker jackets are taking a backseat for the most part, with super-snuggly puffers and capacious capes coming to the fore – you’re in no danger of catching cold with one of these babies on your back.

Find these six key coat trends this winter in the gallery…

1. Teddy coats

There was an overarching theme of ‘protective’ fashion at the AW18 shows – owing to turbulent world affairs, designers said – and nowhere was that more apparent that with outerwear.

Thick, fluffy teddy textures were everywhere, some in traditional bear browns (chiming with the season’s Seventies trend), others in bright, optimistic hues – think Cookie Monster blue or Elmo red.

2. Puffer jackets

Another iteration of the fashion-as-armour theme, puffer jackets have swooshed off to the ski slopes and onto the catwalks in recent years.

We may have just reached Peak Puffer with the frankly bonkers range of floor-length capes created by designer Pierpaolo Piccioli for outerwear brand Moncler, but on the high street, you’ll find much more wearable quilted jackets and coats inspired by Balenciaga and Marni’s collections.

3. Check coats

The Queen has been a style icon for decades – and this season she’s more in vogue than ever, with Balmoral tartans and heritage checks seen all over the catwalks.

Erdem, Givenchy and Calvin Klein all showed classic tweed and wool coats, while Emilia Wickstead’s homage to Her Majesty, a bright red tartan jacket and kilt, was even more obvious. A check coat is always a sound investment: Opt for a well-made wool design in a simple straight cut and it’ll reign in your wardrobe for years to come.

4. Leopard print coats

If we had to guess which style will turn out to be the answer to this year’s shearling biker jacket, leopard print coats are a good bet.
Animal print was a massive trend in the autumn designer collections, with leopard coats taking the top spot at Max Mara, Givenchy, Calvin Klein and Victoria Beckham.

There are two ways to play it with their fierce theme – a louche leopard print or a fluffy faux fur, it just depends how glam you want to go.

5. Trench coats

Forget boring old beige, this season’s trenches are bright and/or shiny, like the leather styles seen at Miu Miu and Acne or the vinyl beauties at MSGM.

If you’d usually associate a light trench with spring or early autumn, fear not, the high-shine finish adds extra insulation. Or you could try another catwalk styling trend and layer your wet-look trench with a furry coat in a tonal hue.

6. Capes

Previously seen as distinctly uncool, blanket wraps are now back in a big way. Gucci gave us carpet print capes while McQueen’s came with sporty stripes, and even every cool kid’s favourite brand Off-White did a cornflower blue version.

These soft, buttonless versions are more like big scarves than the stiff wool capes of last winter – all you have to do is throw it on and go.