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The 5 best transitional coats


It’s sunny. It’s rainy. It’s unseasonably warm at 9am, then biblical at lunch. It’s this time of year that inspired the fashion world to create the word ‘transitional’.

So in addition to your brolly and a stiff upper lip, the most critical part of your armoury this month should be a versatile jacket – lightweight, waterproof and able to take you from rain to shine and back again. The trenchcoat is one such hero piece, invented in Britain because we know a thing or two about inclement weather.

Seek out classic silhouettes in a gabardine finish – chic and waterproof. Burberry is your go-to brand, but Mango does a great high-street version (see below).

Also key are sporty coats that look artfully dishevelled (see Marks & Spencers’ genius style) and can be stuffed in a bag when it’s sunny. Details like drawstring fastenings and leather panels add style points while still being practical. Come on weather, do your worst.

Jacket, £65, marksandspencer.com

£79.99, zara.com

£395, Burberry Brit at net-a-porter.com

£80, Alexander Wang at harveynichols.com

£89.99, mango.com



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