Get your coat: the A/W edit
Published 21/10/2016 | 02:30
The cold snap has finally arrived, but which style of coat to buy? Krissy Turner has you covered
Why it works: The beauty of the trench is in its layering opportunities. Wear it over a shirt now, and cashmere when the weather cools down. It will see you through spring over light knits, and if you go a size up, a blazer will fit snugly underneath.
Don't be afraid of: Branching out to other neutrals - khaki and navy are just as versatile.
Where to buy: Cropped styles are popping up all over the highstreet, but if you want a long-length, warmer trench that will work well into winter too, head to Oasis, Jigsaw and Next.
Why it works: Whereas a plain coat may hide a fabulous ensemble, the leopard coat quite easily makes an outfit. Forgo jewellery and keep the rest of your look simple to allow your coat to steal the scene.
Don't be afraid of: Doubling your prints. The humble Breton stripe and leopard print combo is more wearable than you may think.
Where to buy: Don't overlook vintage shops when you're shopping for a leopard print number. Otherwise, Miss Selfridge and New Look have lots.
Why it works: Sharp military styles mean business. They're most likely to come in khaki, navy and black which will inevitably go with everything and add a formal touch to casual attire.
Don't be afraid of: Wearing it in the evening. The hardware offers a glam element so these coats are ideal for day to night wear.
Where to buy: Zara has a khaki number with just the right amount of gold detailing (€89.95).
Why it works: It's all too easy for a coat to cocoon your figure. Cinching in the waist with a thick belt will create a feminine silhouette. This coat is best worn over knits and dresses - cotton shirts will be crushed underneath the belt.
Don't be afraid of: Colour. Cream and grey are classic buys but an unexpected bright panel adds impact.
Where to buy: Max Mara do a great tie-coat in the most delicious shades of vanilla and camel. & Other Stories (which is opening in Dublin soon) are also a great stop for a belted 100pc wool number. Look for one that falls just below the knee - it will look especially good with knee-high boots.
Why it works: We have to admit we were sceptical, but it's been proven: the puffa coat oozes cool and nods to the never-ending 90s trend. They're also as cosy as it gets - be sure to opt for waist or knee-length styles as they're most flattering.
Don't be afraid of: Trying one. Opt for a lightly padded option (Uniqlo have great ones in a range of colours) if you're wary of the extra width.
Where to buy: Mango has the widest selection of quilted coats we've seen, including matte black shorter styles, and navy knee-length styles. Although pricey, Moncler have excellent hooded versions, which will see you through many winters and ski seasons too.
Why it works: A classic Prince of Wales check never dates and smartens up an outfit a treat. Although this is one coat worthy of an investment, the high street has lots of quality flattering options.
Don't be afraid of: Adding an edge. Pair a maxi check coat with patent ankle boots and a metallic bag to jazz it up a bit.
Where to buy: Any coat shape goes for checks - Finery have a great trench style, M&S have pea coats and maxi numbers, and Topshop have various oversized check coats.