Autumn coats: a breath of fresh flair

Alyson Walsh / 09 September 2015

Getting your outerwear sorted for autumn is a breeze. Just team a technicolour coat with a pair of sturdy boots and add bags of attitude.

White coats hit the autumn-winter catwalks like a New York snowstorm, but personally I prefer my outerwear to spend more time outdoors than at the dry cleaners. 

To my relief, it looks like it’s going to be a pop-tastic technicolour autumn anyway...

Tate Modern has an exhibition of global pop art from the Sixties and Seventies (The World Goes Pop, from Sept 17) and I’m still championing the better-than-black, go-anywhere coat.

Hobbs has a lovely fuchsia style with a scarf neckline, or there’s Max Mara Weekend’s eye-popping acid yellow, while LK Bennett’s beautiful red wool and cashmere coat is fit for a princess.

With the Seventies' influence in full swing, belted coats are on the up and a neat way to add instant glamour. Next’s charcoal wrap style is chic, simple and reversible.

Similarly, faux-fur collars and stoles bring a smidgen of star factor. It’s worth investing in a coat that will go from one season to the next, glide all the way from morning coffee to evening cocktails and not look out of place. All right, my life isn’t actually that glamorous, but ‘from lunch to the local pub’ doesn’t have quite the same ring.

When it comes to footwear, you can’t beat a pair of black leather ankle boots. This autumn’s run-around styles have a hint of hardware in the form of buckles, zips and trims.

For easy elegance, the kitten heel is back – hooray! As this is the only heel I can manage these days I’m welcoming it like an old friend.

While mid-calf boots are on the fashion radar, these don’t actually go with anything, so I’d recommend opting for knee high instead. Comfy shoe brand Hotter has revved up its offer with a neat, waxed nubuck leather, biker style and Clarks has several versions of the classic riding boot.

Then all that’s left to do is to grab a new handbag and you’ll have autumn wrapped up.

To see some great examples of coats, boots and bags for Autumn 2015, take a look at Saga Magazine's September issue.

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