Autumn/Winter necessities: choosing that perfect coat

Choosing your winter coat is probably one of the hardest decisions you’ll make all year! Not only is it one of your most expensive fashion purchases (if not the most!), but chances are you’ll be wearing it most days, so if you have to really really love it. But I think the main problem in coat shopping, is finding outerwear that both goes with the clothes you already own, but still is on trend for the season.

Previous years I’ve purchased a sheepskin coat due to the fur trend of 2014, and the formal over-sized boyfriend coat from last year. (It’s still all over Topshop this season!) So this season I wanted something a little bit more casual! This coat is from River Island at £100. However I purchased it when RI were doing an online offer, so I managed to get it for £80. I usually tend to purchase my coats from Topshop, however I think River Island have become so much more fashionable as a brand this season. So I was more than happy to make the switch!
When choosing a coat it can be hard buying online, as often coats won’t be true to size! I took a risk and only ordered in my usual size, instead of multiple sizes. This was because I really couldn’t justify that amount of money coming out of my bank account in one go! However, I’d say this coat fits well when wearing thin jumpers, but I will have to opp for a different coat when wearing chunky knits. It’s obviously annoying to do this. But it’s what you usually expect when opting for a fitted coat.
My favourite thing about the coat is, that despite the shearling and the cream suede, the leather detailing makes the coat so much more edgy. The coat is quite versatile too. As it looks good styled both casual with ripped jeans and trainers. And also more dressy with boots and tights.  The coat is fur lined as well, so it’s snug and warm to wear for the winter!
I styled the coat with a monochrome scarf from h&m at £15. I decided to go monochrome with my accessories, just because I struggled to pick a colour that both went well with the coat, but also still allowed the coat to stay the centre of attention.
Have you purchased your winter coat this season yet? What do you think of the coat trends this season? Let me know in the comments.

photo credit: Katy Eyre. The images have been cropped and altered by myself. 

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  1. I enjoyed reading this post! I live in Canada, where the autumn/winter weather is often unpredictable. A coat similar to the one you wore in your photos is a perfect accessory for cool/windy weather!

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