Investment Buy: The Best Winter Coats A/W 2011

A new coat for the season is definitely a serious investment buy. You want to keep warm, you want value for money, you want it to look good with most of your wardrobe and be chic at the same time and it should last several years. There are lots of styles out there, like Maxi versions, contrast arms, dropped shoulder, and I am liking the slightly more cocoonier shapes that make a longer coat look modern like the Jaeger and Stella ones. If you want the coat to go with most of your wardrobe opt for classic shades in grey, navy, brown and black. I've got a fantastic grey, below the knee MaxMara wool coat that has kept me warm the last years (before that puffa comes out) and it's still great, despite having been to the dry cleaners. Quality really pays off. If you calculate cost per wear...well, you get it. Don't buy the coat too small, as you want to get a thick wooly underneath and a slouchier fit will look better, than if it's too snug. You want to avoid those sausage arms. Make sure there is a high percentage of wool, ideally 100%, because that is what will keep you warm. There are versions for every budget, whether you want to go designer or high street. I absolutely love them, as nothing changes a look more easily and dramatically than a coat! Have fun picking your favourite!

1. Jaeger The Cambridge Coat http://www.jaeger.co.uk
2. Stella McCartney Astro Navy Wool Twill Edith Coat http://www.stellamccartney.eu
3. ETRO Wool and leather double-breasted coat http://www.net-a-porter.com
4. Miu Miu SLIGHTLY FLARED WOOL COAT http://www.mytheresa.com
5. Étoile Isabel Marant INA WOOL BOUCLE COAT  http://www.mytheresa.com
6. Vivienne Westwood Red Label Oversized wool-blend coat http://www.net-a-porter.com
7. Vivienne Westwood Red Label Double-breasted wool-blend coat http://www.net-a-porter.com
8. D&G Oversized wool-tweed coat http://www.net-a-porter.com
9. 3.1 Phillip Lim http://www.my-wardrobe.com
11. See by Chloe´ Wool Coat with  hoodie and bow http://www.mytheresa.com
12. Alexander McQueen http://www.colette.fr

15. Cheviot Coat ZARA
16. Contrast Leather Sleeves Coat ZARA
18. Belinda Sailor Coat Whistles
19. ASOS Slim Coat In Heritage Check ASOS
20. WOMEN (+J) Wool Cashmere Double-Breasted Coat UNIQLO
21. WOMEN (+J) Wool Dropped Shoulder Coat UNIQLO


Victoria said...

Great post! just what I have been thinking about! For me the best one is 2 the Stella one the style is different but clasic at the same time plus it looks very warm but I think Zara coats are better value and they have nice cut the only thing is that they don't look as warm.

Vani said...

Cool post. I love coat number 3!


the nyanzi report said...

great picks. number two and ten are my favourites.

Fashionistable said...

Great selection. I have a mix of cheaper high street and more expensive birthday present winter coats. Love them all. Must say though I usually feel much better in the swankier coats though. My faves here are 3, 9 & 12. Xxxx

Mónica C. Welton said...

great coats! 12 and 15 my favs


Not Just A Pretty Dress said...

You put together a great selection. My favourites are 1, 7 and 14. I would also like to buy a new coat, but I've just found the most amazing cape and I'm so tempted...


JeanneS said...

your post reminded me that winter is so close... YESSSSSSSSSSSS

The PvdH Journal said...

I think I can die and go to heaven with a Celine coat! Having said that, I won't be buying a new coat this year (perhaps I'll make one if I have the time!).

It-Blogirls said...

Totally love it all!

Ask Erena said...

Love Zara coat! Would you like to follow each other?
Ask Erena

Nadine2point0 said...

Great choices and Like your blog :)

Elisa said...

love n.6 and n.11!



bridechic said...

Just what I needed to see this morning! I love #3 and I know I won't be able to get it out of my mind today . . .Thanks for the wonderful post.