If I think about my winter wardrobe, it is full of denim, black, navy, a few winter whites shades of grey and one or two colourful jumpers. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing neutrals most of the time, but sometimes the long winter can feel a little ‘dark’ in more ways that one, and that’s when a colourful coat can work wonders to brighten your mood and that of others around you. The other day I was in town and watched a sea of people coming towards me down Oxford Street. Everyone was wearing black or very dark colours apart from one lady in a red coat and it was the pop of colour that I needed to lift my mood.
I bought my red coat from Zara a few years back and I have worn it every season. I always keep the rest of my outfit neutral, but if you are feeling daring, then a red coat can look amazing against pink. You’ll see that I have accessorised with leopard print here, I think red and leopard is a match made in fashion heaven. Note that I didn’t accessorise with a leopard print scarf AND a bag in the same shot. When it comes to leopard print I tend to stick to one item. So if I’m wearing a leopard scarf then I will opt for a black bag. If it’s a leopard print bag, I would lose the scarf altogether or go for black.
Here’s a round up of my favourite red coats.
Starting with this beauty from Miu Miu at Vestiaire Collective. This coat is brand new and still has the £840 tag attached. Selling for £440 but there is currently 15% off all orders with the code MIDSALE. Remember you can also make offers on Vestiaire. So, if you don’t mind pre-loved, Vestiaire Collective is always worth a look for an investment piece.
I really like this style of coat. It’s less formal, cosy and looks just as good done up as it does left undone. I like to call this a dressing gown coat. In fact Charlie asked me why I was wearing my dressing gown to school when I collected him in my new camel coat from Dorothy Perkins the other day. This one is from Phase Eight at John Lewis for £149 (£50 discount) Buy here
Now if you are a size small this coat is an absolute steal from the Outnet. It is DKNY and is £202 down from £505. Thats a saving of 60%. It’s a classic shape and I think it would be a great investment. Buy here
Moving on to the high street, this lovely coat is from Mango and is £139.99. I like the length of the sleeve on this coat, as I think it’s always nice to see whatever you are wearing underneath at the sleeve. Buy here
This beauty is from one of my favourite designers, Maje. It’s from Netaporter and would be an investment coat at £480. I love the longer length and the single fastening button which nips you in at the waist. Buy here
This is absolutely beautiful from Jaeger but again, an investment coat at £399. I think it has a beautiful shape and I love the oversized pockets, not to mention anything that is made from boiled wool!
And finally this one from Zara. Now I have to confess that I have fallen out of love with Zara recently, as not only have I found the quality to be a little disappointing, but when you buy something from Zara you know that you will see everyone and their dog wearing it (okay, maybe not the dog…) and I find that slightly off-putting. I realise that is a slightly ridiculous thing to say if you think about what I am doing on instagram but let’s not dwell too much on that! However, since my coat that I am wearing above is from Zara, perhaps when it comes to an item like this, it doesn’t matter too much, because you will be wearing it for years to come. Zara £99.99
So there we go, my round up of the best red coats out there. Remember, buy less and choose well. Really think about whether you will A) Wear a red coat and B) how it will fit with the rest of your wardrobe and C) whether you will feel confident when you wear it.
Perhaps you already own a bright coat? If so, do you need another? If you know you will wear it for years to come, think about choosing well and investing in a good quality brand. There is not much difference in price between the high street and designer versions I have listed here, so it would be worth opting for the higher quality piece if it’s an investment coat.
Thanks for reading and happy shopping and here are some images via good ol’ Pinterest for ideas of ways to style.