Ask Angela: Where can I find a great mid season jacket?
"I'm looking for an autumn jacket, something transitional rather than a heavy winter coat. It should be stylish but practical and it's got to be versatile too - preferably something that will be suitable for work and play. I've got €200 max to spend."
Autumn generally sees the return of softer, more understated tones with charcoals and camel prevailing on the catwalks for A/W 2010. When it comes to jackets, understated hues are more practical for everyday wear. A coat, more than anything in your wardrobe, should be a “no brainer”. Something that works with everything and makes life easy but looks fabulous!
I’d stick to a classic black, navy or beige. If you're feeling a little adventurous, leopard print is a popular choice this year too, as is faux fur which is everywhere at the moment. Just be careful with the proportions as fur can add bulk.
Decide on a style that works for you, taking into account your body shape. This autumn, any length goes with everything from cropped coats, to knee length to floor length. Shorter styles look great on petite frames while longer coats really flatter the taller gal. As a general rule, something that hits the knee is the easiest length to pull off.
Belted styles are great for drawing attention to the waist and creating a curve so look out for these.
For me, the trench coat is the ultimate in transitional dressing coats. Invented by Thomas Burberry in the 1800's it has never really gone out of fashion since - designers reinvent this classic season after season so it never will. It’s ideal for autumn as it offers resistance to the elements without being too heavy. If you have cash to splash then Burberry and Aquascutum are great in terms of tailoring and quality.
Avoid the gothic look by choosing a trench that sits below the knee rather than at the ankles.
With more and more variations on the trench there's something to suit everyone. Oasis is right on trend this season with this cool leather trench at €188. Zara is also worth a look with a consistently great selection of coats in a wide variety of colours.
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