Man Up: Winter’s Coats

2013 is the year of the coat. Fact.

I know this is somewhat dogmatic statement, however it comes from an informed and considered place.  Never have there been so many, beautiful, chic cover-ups in the high street and designer stores.  This is nothing but good so far as I’m concerned; I hate that point in winter where you’ve worn your favourite coat so much that you feel that you’re wearing the same outfit everyday.  Also in the UK, the weather changes its mind more often than most people change their underwear – so to have few coat choices make a lot of sense.

 

 

One of the most dominating looks this season is oversized, mannish and fiercely contemporary.  Designers from Richard Nicoll, Jil Sander, London-based Korean fashion design Eudon Choi, Stella McCartney and Reed Krakoff pumped up their most most elegant coats with a generous dousing of Y chromosome.

 

 

 

Stella McCartney: A/W13: Photo courtesy of Style.com
Stella McCartney: A/W13: Photo courtesy of Style.com
Richard Nicoll: A/W13: Photo courtesy of Style.com
Richard Nicoll: A/W13: Photo courtesy of Style.com
Christopher Kane: A/W13: Photo courtesy of Style.com
Christopher Kane: A/W13: Photo courtesy of Style.com
Jil Sander: A/W13: Photo courtesy of Style.com
Jil Sander: A/W13: Photo courtesy of Style.com
Reed Krakoff A/W13: Photo courtesy of Style.com
Reed Krakoff A/W13: Photo courtesy of Style.com

At first glance this look could appear frumpy, the feminine form is obscured by swathes of thick fabric.  However, as with many things, it’s all about what lies beneath; sex appeal is created with the contrast of something gossamer light; silk, cashmere, naked skin…  

This look works beautifully with a soft shift dress, a pair of over the knee boots, and a beautiful manly coat draped nonchalantly on the shoulders.  It’s the combination of a masculine outer-layer and a feminine core that creates allure and ultimate desirability.  In the depths of winter everyone needs a coat that’s as warm and protective as a lover’s embrace.

Coat by Vivienne Westwood Anlgomania
Coat by Vivienne Westwood Anlgomania
Coat by ASOS
Coat by ASOS
Coat by Stella McCartney
Coat by Stella McCartney