Saturday, 11 May 2013

Ask Vydia - The Perfect Winter Coat

Hi Vydia!! You are one of my favourite bloggers! Could you please do a post on coats for winter? I would love to see your recommendation/favourite picks! Thank you gorgeous :) Hailey

Hey Hailey! I've been asked this so much recently and I think it' such a great question to answer because I'm also on the hunt for that perfect coat for winter!

I have a couple of main factors I consider when I go shopping for coats in particular:
(1) Timeless: coats need to be timeless especially in regard to the cut, shape and style. And when I say timeless, I'm referring to timeless in terms of your own style. This is such a major factor due to price. If you're paying in excess of $400 for a coat, you want it to stand the test of time (or at least for a few years!). I still have coats that I've owned for more than 3 years and people still ask whether they're current season!

(2) Length/Style: you need to decide what style and at what length you want your coat to be. For me, I love the below the hips look as I find it the most versatile. I've given a few differing options below in terms of style and length so you can see which one you love the most and think would look great on you.

(3) Colour: deciding on the colour could be the easiest or hardest decision. I say the easiest because you obviously can't go wrong in any way, shape of form with a simple solid black coat. This is important especially if you're just starting out your staple coat collection, black is the perfect place to start! And once you've got your basic black coat down, you can start to invest in your navy, tan and beige.

(4) Price: I'm not going to lie, these aren't going to be the most budget friendly coats on the market. In saying that, the pieces I've chosen are classics and definitley investment pieces (you'll get a lot of wear out of them regardless of when you bought it). Whether this notion justifies the price or not is entirely up to you!

So now onto the coats...

Country Road | Contrast Collar Felt Coat | $349.00 | Available here

Felt is one of my favourite materials for coats, and I'm loving this coat from Country Road which has a contrast shearling detailed collar. The leather lining and silver hardware add a great edge and turn an otherwise simple all black coat to something a bit more interesting for every day.

Camilla and Marc | Retreat Knit Coat | $690.00 | Available here

I've had my eye on this below the knee coat from Camilla and Marc ever since I saw the Second Winter 2013 collection. I love how Caroline from Carolines Mode has styled a similar coat on the right with printed pants and ankle boots. This style of coat is a lot more casual as the material is less stiff which provides a more relaxed fit. A long coat is definitely a classic and one that you need to add to your wardrobe asap!

C&M Camilla and Marc | Flyn Anorak | $329.00 | Available here

LOVE this navy anorak from C&M! The material is a linen and cotton blend so it's a lovely lightweight coat, perfect for casual uni days and especially great for when it rains! The fur collar is detachable which is a nice touch and I love the fact that it's navy (which goes well with almost every colour palette). It's also perfect for when you want to break up or add something different to your all black ensemble. If navy's not your colour, a army/khaki green anorak will never go out of style! 

Viktoria and Woods | Calypso Coat | $479.00 | Available here

Finally, the coat of the season! I've been in love with tan/beige/almond coats and this has to be my new favourite. Not only is it from Viktoria and Woods (this whole post could've been all V&W pieces) which makes it an absolute must have, thanks to the amazing quality, but the cut and style is nothing but timeless. This would be a great wardrobe addition if you were looking for something different, from the classic dark colours, to add to your coat collection.

(All images sourced from Google or the label's respective website)