Friday, 9 December 2011
Chic winter coats
Grown-up style is all about developing a look that suits and sticking with it. Not flip-flopping after every fad that hits the high street, like an Emperor penguin on ice. But this doesn't mean a one-way ticket to Frumpsville. Ines de la Fressange looks effortlessly chic in a tailored jacket, jeans and Roger Vivier footwear. A simple formula, updated with the latest accessories or a new trouser shape. Proving, it's what you choose and how you wear it that counts. Here are my three tips for making the most of a winter coat - probably one that you own already.
1. Team a tailored, more masculine overcoat with a polo neck jumper and white trousers a la Ines de la Fressange/Phoebe Philo/Jackie Kennedy. Totally timeless, no?
2. Belt up. Ever since I read Parisian Chic I've been hankering after a wraparound leather belt to wear with jackets and coats.
Like this lovely French femme photographed by The Sartorialist.
Of course, the ultimate belted coat comes with a MaxMara label inside:
3. For those of us who like to look like we haven't tried too hard, there's the looser, more deconstructed style of coat. Worn with trousers tucked into boots.
I found a similar version in a second-hand shop in Brixton.
If it works for Patti Smith...
How will you be wearing your coat this winter?
On the street: The Sartorialist
Ines de la Fressange: Zimbio
Jackie O: Oprah
Maxmara: The Guardian
Patti Smith: www.pattismith.net