Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Wrapping Up in Style for the New Season ; A Winter Coat Is One of the Most Important Fashion Buys You Will Make All Year. Lisa Haynes Looks at This Season's Trends

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Wrapping Up in Style for the New Season ; A Winter Coat Is One of the Most Important Fashion Buys You Will Make All Year. Lisa Haynes Looks at This Season's Trends

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IT may not be frosty just yet, but you'll be left out in the cold if you don't bag a winter coat sharpish. With the best buys long gone by November it's worth bucking the trend of being fashionably late.

While the primary function of a winter coat is keeping you warm and protected, a good coat is the ultimate style statement too, and has the power to reinvent your entire look.

As something you'll be wearing over and over again, hopefully for years to come, it's worth investing and taking time to choose the right one for you.

Just about every key trend of this season can be tapped into through a stylish cover-up, meaning you don't have to go overboard with a whole new wardrobe.

Choose your favourite look and let your winter coat do all the leg (and arm) work.

RUSSIAN ROMANCE COSTUME film epics like Anna Karenina are a masterclass in dramatic overcoats. Think rich, luxurious fabrics adorned with intricate embroidery and elegant embellishment that scream high society - perfect for the party season.

Faux fur is another way to channel Russian romance. Stick to longer length coat styles in versatile shades of ivory, brown or black.

If you don't want to go for full-on fur, look to faux fur details on statement collars.

STYLING TIP: If you're conscious of the widening effect of a bulky fur coat, try a belt to nip in the waist and add some shape.

COUNTRY CLASSICS LET Downton Abbey and country living be your inspiration this winter.

Tweed coats, heritage checks, wax jackets and quilted cover-ups all feature heavily on the high street.

Work with your own wardrobe to find the country coat to suit your style. Unless you're a clashing whizz, stick to tweeds and neutral coats if you like wearing prints but try statement heritage checks if you veer towards plainer clothes.

STYLING TIP: Be wary of accessories. Going the whole hog with riding boots, flat hat and tweed extras might be countryside overkill. …

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