In the first of Stylist's new series, our expert fashion panel guides you through the most important purchase of the season - the winter coat...
£570 - Isabel Marant
Judd Crane, womenswear director for Selfridges:
"The beauty of the cocoonshape lies in its versatility - this style, from Isabel Marant, will work over trousers or skirts of almost any length, and the hidden buttons make for a really sleek, modern finish."
£575 - Marc by Marc Jacobs
Luisa de Paula, buying director for my-wardrobe.com:
"This Marc by Marc Jacobs belted bronze coat is an easy way to wear metallics. The black ribbon belt gives a feminine edge to the boxy shape of the coat, which works well over a dress for evening as well as over jeans or trousers for day."
£195 - Sisley
£120 - Asos
Emma Fox, womenswear buying director for asos.com:
"Leather is a key fabric for autumn and it’s perfect for coats. It’s warm, has great structure and moulds around your body the more you wear it. Patent panelling also works well as a hem or collar to add impact to contrasting fabrics, such as tweed."
£1,630 - Junya watanabe
Rebecca Osei-baidoo, womenswear buyer for Browns:
"We saw a lot of heritage references in the autumn/winter 2012 collections. One of our favourite pieces that embodies this trend is this Junya Watanabe tailored checked wool coat that would be perfect worn with a pair of riding boots."
£795 - Joseph
£400 - Tommy Hilfiger
£1,100 - Roksanda Ilincic
Natalie Kingham, international womenswear buyer for Matches:
"Roksanda Ilincic’s exclusive colour-pop crepe swing coat has a fantastic Sixtiesstyle silhouette and luxurious silk lining. The bold colour will make a statement and work well from the office to an evening event."
£355 - MaxMara weekend
£99.99 - Mango at House of Fraser
Louise Bailey, senior womenswear buyer for House of Fraser:
"Functional, tailored and stylish, the military coat is a classic piece to invest in. It will outlast many of the current fashion trends this season to become a wardrobe essential with real longevity."
£750 - Burberry London
Holli Rogers, fashion director for net-a-porter.com:
"The pea coat is set to be this season’s new biker jacket and Burberry London’s wool and cashmere-style is a timeless classic brought up to date with simple detailing. wear with winter brights for a polished look."
£895 - Christopher Kane at Liberty
Stephanie Jones, womenswear buyer for Liberty:
"Printed puffers are my outerwear choice of the autumn/winter 2012 season and no-one has done them quite like Christopher Kane. This moiré silk sleeveless number has become an instant bestseller."
£65 - River Island
£365 - Zadig & voltaire
Magali Ginsburg: head of business development for thecorner.com:
"I have chosen this coat from Rochas since the structured and slightly oversized shape represents the key style in this category for the coming season. The retro-style bracelet sleeves show a flash of wrist, which always looks chic too."