Every winter we are faced with the same fashion dilemma: spend big on a statement coat or hedge our bets with something more classic? This year, thanks to Instagram, we’ve spotted an option that combines the two.
Heritage-inspired coats are the sort of sensible winter investment that even your mum approves of. But they’re sometimes just a bit… boring. Once the just-bought glossiness fades, and you’re half-buried by bulky jumpers and scarves, you might be feeling less than inspired, style-wise.
That’s why we’re just about ready to lay down our lives (or maybe just £100) for one particular coat that keeps popping up on fashion bloggers’ Instagram feeds.
This is the River Island tie-cuff coat: it’s seriously classy, but the fact it’s slightly over-sized gives it a grungy edge. Why choose between function and fashion when you can have both?
And at £100, it’s not too painful an investment for outerwear to see you through autumn and winter.
It’s easy to see why fashion bloggers love this versatile coat. Combine it with a shirt and skirt for instant business chic, or with a white T-shirt and boyfriend jeans for an effortlessly cool weekend look.
Check coats been a key feature on this year’s catwalks: at Balenciaga and Stella McCartney they came small and office-like, while at Chloé and Gucci they imbued more of a relaxed Nineties appeal.
Even the supermarkets have got in on the act – George at Asda had one of its biggest hits of the autumn with a £25 take on the formal coat.
Will you be investing?
Images: River Island / Instagram