WORDS BY BIANCA O’NEILL.
As the weather reminds us that winter is coming (whether we like it or not!), it’s time to add a winter wardrobe staple to our shopping list. I sat down with Emporium Melbourne stylist and Creative Director at Style By Us and Them, Karinda Mutabazi, to chat about all the best coats in store for the winter season – and how to style them.
From classic staples with a twist, to new styles and easy-to-wear options, this season’s coats are all about staying comfortable, whilst ensuring versatility when pairing them back with your existing wardrobe go-tos. Here is our winter coat edit for Autumn/Winter 2021.
Let’s start with one of the most enduring coat styles of all time: the classic trench. This season, add a twist to the traditional beige trench by choosing one rendered in on-trend leather or suede. Or pick up a pop colour version to bring a little drama to your usual monochrome winter wardrobe.
“The trench coat is everywhere this season,” Karinda tells me, “with leather and pastel tones high on the list. It’s the perfect coat for Melbourne’s unpredictable weather.”
Whether you style it with a logo tee and denim for the weekend, or throw it over a little black dress and boots for a night out in the city, it’s the easiest way to keep warm this winter – in style, of course.
We loved this Viktoria & Woods leather trench, logo high-neck tee, and jeans.
Winter layering can often add a lot of volume to your outfit, so it can be hard to define your shape in bulky coats as the weather cools. This season we’re seeing some excellent coat options in belted styles, adding a flattering waist-cinching effect to your silhouette.
“In a season focused on full-length coats, the belted silhouette is the saving grace for many,” says Karinda. “The cinched waist is the perfect thing to help define, shape, and create versatility - from trenches to full wool coats, and everything in between.”
Look for longer styles to elongate your shape, and quality fabrications to keep you warm without the need for multiple layers underneath.
We loved this Skin and Threads tweed belted coat, leather leggings and white shirt. Black boots from Viktoria & Woods.
Karinda tells me it’s time to ditch your go-to black coat this season for something much more interesting. “Invest in a colour this season. There are so many delicate pastel tones - look for lilac, lemon, sky blue, and mint. If black is your usual go to, looking for earthy tones as an alternative.”
To style the look, keep it simple with a weekend-ready pair of jeans and a slogan tee, or try this season’s mono-blocking trend by styling your coloured coat with similar or matching tones underneath. Purchasing something in a classic silhouette will ensure your latest addition stays relevant for years to come.
We loved this Sandro green light trench and tee, paired with Maje button-up jeans. Sandals from Witchery.
There are some great textural options coming through this season in coats – in particular, teddy jackets continue to dominate, whilst the thicker ‘shacket’ trend is emerging as a winter favourite.
“Look for texture as a point of difference,” says Karinda. “Shearling, jacquard, mohair and tweeds in rich colours and classic monochromes. The hardware is everything, so look for metallic buttons and clasps that add a bit of flair.”
Keep the outfit underneath nice and simple, to ensure your cosy coat grabs the attention. To counteract bulk, choose sleek fabrics like silk blends and finely woven wools, that can keep you warm without padding out your outfit.
We loved this Seed teddy coat, white turtleneck, and silky slip skirt in latte. Sneakers are also from Seed.
Printed Toscana Cocoon Coat, $4,800
Oversized Cotton Trench, $650
Trent in Khaki, $519
VIKTORIA & WOODS
Fellowship Coat, $790
Colorado Anorak, $490
SCOTCH & SODA
Metallic Padded Jacket, $389.95
SCOTCH & SODA
Long Reversible Teddy Jacket, $429.95
Leather Cut Out Trench, $2,995
Checked Wool Blend Overcoat, $1339
Belted Trench Coat with Leather Patches, $835
Black Suit Jacket with Buttons, $650
Taylor Trench Coat, $329.99
Tia Trench Coat, $429
Felicie Reversible Wool Coat, $2,500
SCOTCH & SODA
Premium Shearling Jacket, $1,949.95
Alta Down Jacket, $1,219
The Muse Jacket, $649
Neutral Ground Trench, $599
Side Split Parka, $229.95
Wool Boyfriend Coat in Burnt Bronze & Light Ash Marle, $349,95
Rose Wool Wrap Coat, $749
Daesti Contrasting Detailed Trench Coat, $659
Moleskin Milsons Sportscoat in Ink & Camel, $449
Shearling Coat, $1,600
Emmerson Trench Coat, $399
Revolution Trench Coat, $799
Zip-Through Coat in a Slim Fit, $779
Maddox Duffle Coat - Navy/Creme, $1,450
BEC + BRIDGE
Maral Coat, $550
Harrison Coat, $600
“It’s hard to imagine winter without the humble knit. Knitwear often forms the cosy, trusty base of our wardrobe as the weather cools, so it’s essential to know what to look for when picking up a new favourite.”
“We’ve seen the monoblocking trend (dressing in a single colour or tone) continue through to 2021, but this year we’re taking it a step further with something fashion insiders are calling ‘head to toe dressing’. So, what exactly does that mean? Well, it’s all about choosing a single trend, print or fabric, and styling your look from top to bottom.”
“There’s more than one way to introduce warmth into your wardrobe as the cooler months approach. Add shades of coffee, latte, and chocolate to your line-up this season, along with tan, ochre, and caramel, for a modern take on cold weather dressing.”
“Each winter, the boot is a staple for your cold-weather wardrobe – and this year, a raft of cool new styles are demanding a little space in your 2021 line-up. From comfortable options like easy-to-wear flats and chunky heels to on-trend detailing to help you stand out from the pack, there's something to match every outfit.”
“As we return to the office in 2021, it’s time to pack up the trackpants and transition into something more upmarket. Yep, that means suiting is back – but for the upcoming chilly season, this doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort.”