Coat Check: The AW13 Styles You Need Now

It may be August and the sun may be shining (sometimes) outside the window, but believe it or not, now is the ideal time to start thinking about your new season coat. The early season drops have arrived in store and online already and to snap up the best of the bunch, it pays to be quick. We have pulled together some of the key shapes and styles for AW13 for you to enjoy right now…

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Think Pink

This trend is hot off the catwalks and is amazingly easy to incorporate into your wardrobe. It’s simple, just make it pink. Hues of softer pinks such a blush and powder were du jour, but if bright and bold is your thing, magenta or fuchsia will work looks just as chic.

L.K. Bennett Trench Coat Hobbs Gillian Coat Marella Funnel Neck Coat Lands' End Double Breasted Coat

L.K. Bennett Trench CoatHobbs Gillian CoatMarella Funnel Neck CoatLands’ End Double Breasted Coat

Printed Power

A printed coat is guaranteed to make an impression and is a very simple way to turn a simple outfit into a fashion-forward killer look. Opt for a simple shape to let the print do the talking and be careful with what you wear underneath if you are leaving the coat unfastened. This Boutique by Jaeger coat is a great investment as it is pink and printed – two trends in one!

MaxMara Studio Spotted Jacket Ted Baker Floral Coat Boutique by Jaeger A Line Mac Weekend MaxMara Printed Coat

MaxMara Studio Spotted JacketTed Baker Floral CoatBoutique by Jaeger Animal Print MacWeekend MaxMara Printed Coat

Girls Will Be Boys

Androgynous outerwear has present on the catwalks and high streets for multiple seasons now and for AW13 it is more relevant than ever. This trend is all about clean lines and sharp tailoring. Look for slick lapels, minimal detailing and tailored shapes that your boyfriend would envy. Muted shades of black and grey are always a winner but don’t reject unexpected hues such as this blue Hobbs style.

French Connection Wool Coat Hobbs Aragon Coat Pied a Terre Masculine Coat Damsel In a Dress Bergamot Coat

French Connection Wool CoatHobbs Aragon CoatPied a Terre Masculine CoatDamsel In a Dress Bergamot Coat

Pump Up The Volume

Bigger is back and it’s better than ever. Cocoon, oversized or outsize, whatever you call it, if this is your favourite coat trend for AW13 then get ready to add some volume to your look. Not as unflattering as you may think, look for details such as belts or bracelet sleeves the highlight your shape underneath.

Weekend MaxMara Funnel Neck Coat Pied a Terre Cocoon Coat MaxMara Cashmere Coat Marella Funnel Neck Coat

Weekend MaxMara Funnel Neck CoatPied a Terre Cocoon Coat - MaxMara Studio Cashmere CoatMarella Funnel Neck Coat

Kate O'Brien

Hi I'm Kate, in a previous life I was Womenswear Editor but these days you are more likely to find me pouring over a planning calendar than the latest copy of Elle in my role as Online Content Producer. A Northern tourist in London, some of my favourite things in life include red wine, chutney (accompanied by cheese), sequins, grey cashmere and Matt Damon. I am known in the HoF office for owning far too many coats for one person, laughing too loud, and drinking full fat Coke only when hungover. My life's ambition is a simple one; to own a Puggle.

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