As temperatures drop and the first of the winter gales blow in, women’s thoughts turn to buying that essential jacket or coat that will combine style with keeping you warm in the coldest weather. There’s lots of fur on the catwalks this autumn – the good news is that it’s faux fur, providing designers with the chance to be ultra-creative with colours and styles. Patchwork patterns of different textures and dyed faux fur give short jackets originality and fun, and look just as good over jeans as worn with a maxi evening dress. The catch-word on cut and style this season is variety, so jackets are cropped and wasp-waisted, whilst maxi-coats sweep to the floor, or, military-style, are severely tailored with above the knee hemlines.
|G-Star's jacket, available from next, teams comfort with style £190|
The Next collection of A/W women’s coats has an in-look Lipsy faux-fur cropped jacket with irregular stripes and buttoned front. Style with the season’s straight-cut leather trousers, or the latest in geometric pattern printed trousers featured in InStyle Magazine, and a cheeky beret, for an ultra-chic look. For a more feminine style, try on a delicious leopard print faux fur straight cut jacket with a deep collar, ideal for turning up against those chilly breezes.
And because the big fashion story for A/W is embellishment, look out for faux fur on cuffs, hemlines, and lining the hoods of this season’s fashionable parkas. For the ultimate in warmth, Next have a G-star long black padded nylon jacket with fur-lined hood which is both practical and stylish, and looks great worn with the latest in footwear, black strappy bikers boots. Accessories have also picked up the craze, and handbags have gone giant and furry, with animal print faux-fur hold-alls being seen on the high street, or fun and fluffy clutch bags for evening wear reflecting current trends. Faux-fur snoods twisted around your neck look great with a plain wool or leather jacket, and you can add a touch of fun with a pair of patchwork coloured fur mittens.
To take up the full Cossack look seen on some of the Paris fashion catwalks, go for a tailored full-length wool mix coat in a dark grey, deep green or tobacco brown, worn with long leather boots and a faux-fur Cossack hat, cosy enough for striding across the Steppes of Russia!