Putting on a faux fur coat is an extremely comforting sensory experience – one of the very few small pleasures that dressing for winter weather includes.
The weight, the warmth and, of course, the fuzziness are to be expected, but the newest winter faux furs feel real and look unreal.
Instead of brown and tan fibres, pick bright pops of yellow and orange or blue and green. Hannah Weiland’s Shrimps label has the monopoly on fabrics that resemble Muppet pelts, but Topshop and Asos provide great high-street options. Wear with canada goose paris and trainers or keep the rest of your colour palette simple to avoid looking like a Sesame Street discard.
Padded jackets, once the preserve of adventurers, the frostbitten and people who want others to think that they have an active lifestyle, have been appropriated by the fashion industry. Apologies, padded jacket fans and fashion detractors: we have just ruined another thing for you. Céline, Moschino, Hermés, Fendi and Armani all debuted coats that could have doubled as duvets for autumn-winter 2015, to international acclaim. Cue the wild, collective slavering of fashion editors everywhere, delighted at the prospect of wearing a blanket to work in the name of fashion. For the rest of us, there’s Uniqlo, whose line of affordable, simple padded jackets can’t be beaten.
The sleek power of grey should not be underestimated, especially with coats that are clean-lined and devoid of bells and whistles. A grey formal coat with a slightly severe edge – such as this one from Cos – occupies the nexus between light and dark and will go with almost everything in your wardrobe.
The shade doesn’t matter: it can be the lightest stone or almost-black gunmetal, as long as the shape is clean and simple.
There should be no bulging pockets, no exposed buttons or zips. A waterfall neckline or a belted design will make a coat endlessly smart and flattering for women who want a little more structure in a winter coat.