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The Coats of Autumn

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Remember when coats actually covered your knees, when they couldn’t be confused with jackets? Remember when they were warm, manufacturers assuming we would actually be OUT in the cool weather, not walking from garage to car/cab to door? It’s getting more and more difficult to find outerwear that doesn’t look like a parka…and might conceivably be protection from the elements. I suppose one ought to resign oneself and simply buy ski underwear. With some effort to avoid the obviously flimsy, we present the following where at least design compensates when density does not. (Lots of trench coats this year).

Push the Color Envelope

Above Left: The Row Hamilton Wool Crepe Coat- Gorgeous color. You’ll never lose this one in a cloak room or be overlooked entering a board room. Slim silhouette. V-neck, padded shoulders, button fastening cuffs, front slit pockets, fully lined. 100% wool, lined in 100% silk. $2010 net-a-porter.com

Above Right: Burberry Prorsum Coat- Put some zing in your walk with this snazzy lumberjack influenced piece. Casual; original. No traditional (zzzzz) frogs on this topper. Yellow and black plaid wool, buttoned epaulets, button cuffs, side slit pockets, folded overlay detail at back vent. 100% virgin wool, lined in 100% rayon. $3995 net-a-porter.com

Shearling?

Above Left: Karl Donoghue Shearling Biker Coat- Look fabulously rich. Sort of Amelia Earhart as interpreted by Vogue. Envious eyes will follow. Adventure implied. Cream shearling, light gray textured exterior, oversized collar, snap-fastening tabs at cuffs, belt loops/buckle fastening belt, zip fastening front pockets, tonal stitching. Fully lined. Asymmetric zip fastening front. 100% lambskin. $2420 net-a-porter.com

Above Right: Bonded Faux Sheepskin Coat- It’s got the look, all right. Great with jeans or cords. Works at Autumn or inside vehicles-not a source of warmth. Below the knee biscuit colored faux sheepskin bonded coat with shawl collar. Polyurethane. $220 topshop.com

Ladylike Neutrals

Above Left: Vanessa Bruno Athe Pleated Wool Coat- Grade-A old world feminine. Makes a suit out of anything. Clean lines. Wonderful for neck scarves. Tailored coat with gathered shoulders and inverted pleat detail. Round neck with short stand collar. Concealed snap closure at front. Seamed waist. Slit pockets at side seams. Fully lined. 75% wool, 20% polyamide, 5% acrylic. $680 lagarconne.com

Above Center: Leather Fur Panel Officer’s Coat- An absolute make-an-entrance item. Great, original shape, rich fabrication, flattering to the figure. You won’t want to take it off until everyone’s seen it. Double breasted bonded leather. Slip, fitted top with A-line fur skirt panel and cuffs brushed to smooth finish. Epaulettes, belted cuffs, trademark buckles. 100% lamb’s leather; dyed Spanish rabbit fur. $5495 burberry.com

Above Right: Acne Farrah Coat- Makes you look like a drink of cool water. Add a big brooch or hand-woven shawl for panache. This will never go out of style. Visiting the MET anyone? Long, mélange wool coat with concealed zip front and belted cape effect detail. Round neck. Hidden interior pocket at left side; welt pockets with snap tab closure. Self belt laces through side openings and buckles at front. Back vent with hidden snap closure. Relaxed straight fit. Partially lined. 100% virgin wool. $950 lagarconne.com

The Traditional Brown Trench

Above Left: Roberto Cavalli Double Breasted Long Trench- Looks equally as fine with jeans or a tweed suit. Warm, practical, beautifully tailored. Deep chocolate color. Classic and classy. Great length. Large collar, belted shoulders and sleeves.. Decorative accent buttons. Belted waist. 98% wool, 2% silk. $3345 stylebop.com

Above Right: Polo Ralph Lauren Vintage Corduroy Trench Coat- Autumn, not winter- or a car coat. Country casual with urban finish. Pair with denim, leather, or leggings. Dark brown corduroy with all the signature details of a trench coat: double breasted buttons, belted shoulders and sleeves, large flap pockets, stand-up collar with buckle, tab and bar closures, belted waist. Straight cut. $ 620 stylebop.com

Autumn Blues

Above Left: Reiss Belted Raglan Sleeve Coat- The beautiful color and extra big collar make this trench a real style choice. Distinguish yourself from the sea of beige, belted coats and beige characters. In blue sapphire. Double breasted; tie belt in loops, button epaulettes at cuff, broad collar, pleated rear vent; slightly flared skirt. 70% wool, 20% polyamide, 10% acetate $650 reissonline.com

Above Right: Nanette Lepore Leather Trim Long Coat- Leave it to Lapore to allow one to look girly instead of like a brick or tire this time of year. Simply wonderful silhouette, giving you a waist and flare. Leather trimmed, notched shawl collar, double breasted button front, flirty fluted, bias-pleated hem. Side flap pockets. Below calf. Deep blue knit Wool & Nylon $648 bergdorfgoodman.com

The Ever Elegant Gray

Above Left: Jason Wu Gray Wool Coat with Black Lace Trim- Looking cooool. A built-in wink with the sleekest styling. Wear it over a black sweater dress, a suit or, suede. Very other. Stone gray with lace appliqué extending along the sleeves and across the back. Egg-shaped design with menswear styling in contrast to the lace. Deep falling lapels, low one-button closure; fully lined. Above the knee. 100% wool. $2145 stylebop.com

Above Right: Tenoversix Private Label Tommy Coat- Truly unique and extremely a la mode, the detail on this pale gray coat is artistic and architectural. A statement piece. Voluminous, drapy swing coat with self-tie thru scarf. Lightweight wool tweed. $875 tenover6.com

Black with a Difference

Above Left: Versus Corset Coat- Donatella Versace & Christopher Kane- No one will ask who the boss is. Slightly gothic, all confidence. Pair it with something silk and lacey and confuse the hell out of him. Anthracite mid-weight 100% virgin wool. Padded shoulders. Boned and ridged leather waist, flap pockets, back vent; fully lined in acetate. Concealed snap fastenings in front. $2095 net-a-porter.com

Above Right: Duvetica Black Hooded Flannel Coat- Completely unfussy go-with-everything casual coat. Super practical 95% wool, 5% cashmere/down. Large hood, long fit with slim shape – no Michelin tire look here. $925 stylebop.com

Autumnal

Above Left: See by Chloe Soft Camel Double Breasted Wool Coat- Get out all those Ralph Lauren plaids, the classic loafers and turtlenecks. Timeless apparel. From private school to the grocery and committee meetings. Epaulettes, belted cuffs, two front pockets. Fully lined. 100% wool. Calf length. $1158.30 mywardrobe.com

Above Right: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Wool and Cashmere Coat- Beautiful color for brunettes. Distinctive buckle detailing. Stylish but always your own woman. Decisive. Artful. Pumpkin. Collarless, slightly puffed shoulders, side welt pockets; fully lined. Three designer-stamped silver buckle fastenings and concealed button at front. 90% wool, 10% cashmere $765  net-a-porter.com

Unusual Evenings

Above Left: Mary Katrantzou Bow Coat- Rest assured you will be the only one in the social pages of The New York Times wearing this to the opera or a benefit. Clean silhouette, very patrician. Tailored A-line shape secured by concealed fastenings. 65% wool, 34% silk coat with 100% silk lining. $2739 boutique1.com

Above Right: Dolce & Gabbana Evening Topper- Welcome to the Emerald City. Jewel tone color, flattering neckline. Skims the body for those perfect little dresses. Brilliant green acetate, polyamide, elastane coat. Single-breasted, graceful, round neck, round lapel, gold metallic button fastenings, two pockets in front; Rose print lining. $657 on sale net-a-porter.com

And Now for Something Really Special

Above Left: Dries Van Noten Brocade Robbin Coat with Fur Lapel- Definite elegance. Dress up anything with this Russian looking coat. Your jewelry will look finer, your make-up better, your hair coiffed. Black and gold brocade with detachable brown rabbit fur lapel. Two front flap pockets, one slit pocket at the breast. Single button closure at the waist and buttons at cuff. Side vent. Fully lined. $1519 mytheresa.com

Above Right: Etro Multi Color Reversible Fur Coat- Wow. Anna Karenina would love this one. Pair with your most fabulous boots and a fur hat. Put on a little eye liner and deepen your cheek bones with a bit of brown powder. Printed wool and silk paisley pattern with fox fur collar and cuffs. Slim, single-breasted, slightly fitted. 93% wool, 7% silk/fur.  $7,110 www.shopstyle.com

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