I have a big night coming up and I've decided to wear an LBD. The problem is that it's quite skimpy, so I need a good, stylish coat to wear initially into the event. Any suggestions as to the type of thing I should look for?Ann-Marie (26), Dublin
Single-breasted Crombie style coats, favoured by the likes of Fearne Cotton, are proving to be one of this winter's must-have garments. Stella McCartney stole a march on other designers with her simple Crombie in grey, navy and bright blue earlier this year.
A laid-back style that can take you from business meetings to a cheeky midweek dinner with the girls, it's a versatile cover-up. What's more, it's the perfect piece to bring a touch of sharp, masculine tailoring to an otherwise feminine little black dress.
Penneys has jumped on the bandwagon and its camel Crombie is a keeper for just €35 (1). Cobalt blue is a winning shade this winter and the 'Alissa' at Coast (2; €250) is a luxurious, straight-cut coat that can be worn belted to define your waist.
For amped-up glamour the 'Elenore' gilded coat is an eye-catcher, and a timely touch of metallic for the approaching festive season. With quarter-length sleeves and clean design, wear over your LBD or even black skinnies for a high-octane party look (€285, exclusively online at www.coast-stores.com).
For a little more rock 'n' roll, wrap up in some luxe faux fur for a glam look. Pepe Jeans' black-and-white 'Chelsea' coat (€175) or the burgundy 'Pipa' (€177) both scream party chic. They are short styles, however, so you'd need to wear tights.
If you'd rather go super cosy, Mint Velvet's gorgeous silver-grey cocoon coat (3; €279) has an oversized collar and asymmetric opening.