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5 Best Coats for Winter 2018

Posted on December 13 2018

The Puffer Coat

It’s your one-stop shop to 90’s fashion...the puffer coat. Worn by almost everyone and anyone, from high street to high end. This popular piece has been around for as long as the 1930s and was first invented by Eddie Bauer, however, it mainly rose to fame in the ‘80s, when the streets of Milan were colourfully pathed with young fashionistas wearing bright colourful puffers. The next wave of admiration was in the ‘90s, rap culture bought the jacket back to life, even bigger and better than before and till this day it is still associated with this lifestyle. In more recent times, we associate the puffer with the likes of Balenciaga and Vetements, it’s symbolic of streetwear fashion but can be worn with almost any outfit.

Our fave iconic puffer moments are worn by none other than Drake and Biggie Smalls, two legends in their own rights! The puffer jacket has always been a hood favourite which has, in turn, passed down through to Hip Hop, with many famous artists repping brands such as North Face and Tommy Hilfiger both on and off stage.

The Faux Fur Coat

The faux fur coat should be a staple of anyone's wardrobe, allowing you to instantly turn a drab outfit into something quite spectacular. Faux furs were created just a little over a century ago and offer a wide range of textures and colours which aren’t always available with real fur. Fall 2017 saw Michael Kors pathe the runway with copious amounts of faux fur, from brown to leopard, short to long and basic to extra. The perfect winter warmer, the faux fur can also be worn to any event, as it still upholds an air of importance. Add a silk dress and a pair of Dr Martens for a grunge vibe.

Who better to showcase the faux fur than the sleek Hadid sisters themselves, perfect examples of how it can be both dressed up and down, or go for a longer length or brighter colour for that extra pop.

The Wool Overcoat

This classic wool piece is a tailored coat which is typically knee length or longer, made from a heavy weight cloth. After being invented in the late 18th century this longline coat has had a steadiness of popularity, it is often associated with 1970’s skinhead and suedehead culture- often seen being paired with straight leg Levi’s and a Fred Perry polo neck. Following on through to the ‘80s we see the item being used as a power piece, oversized with shoulder pads giving the jacket a new found edge. This coat today can often be seen skimming the streets of Shoreditch - as a go-to coat for busy young Londoners and anyone channelling some effortless chic style.

The Trench Coat

The trench coat, although best known for its association with Burberry has actually has been around since 1823, the fabric best known for being waterproof was soon plumped into military use. In 1901 Burberry caught onto this trend and as such, they began to supply the UK War Office with all of their raincoats. The item got rolled out onto the fashion world around The Golden Age of Hollywood and would be worn by the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Marlene Dietrich and Audrey Hepburn. The coat remains just as prominent in contemporary fashion today and is seen in almost every fashion house, and of course Burberry.

The Shearling Coat

The shearling jacket can be traced back as far as the Stone Age, during this period it was used for covering oneself as it was light but extremely warm. Throughout time it was adapted and up until the Victorian Age was seen as a sign of wealth. The jacket then took on the form of a classic winter coat and hasn’t lost any popularity since. We often accredit the rise of the dark suede sheepskin to ‘80s Only Fools and Horses star Delboy, whose look is almost as iconic as the character himself. Not one to forget the girls, it was also worn by Penny Lane in Almost Famous, the famed shaggy coat is a staple of any Y2K wardrobe. This jacket has also found itself on the runway and often appears in Saint Laurent shows, offering an indie haven for a lot of 20-something creatives.

Discover more trend inspiration over on our blog and check out our favourite animal print looks.