As summer ends in the abrupt and devastating way it does every year, and autumn arrives along with the wind and the rain, the only thing that can help us through is the fact that a new season means a new wardrobe, right?! The biggest investments you can make into your autumn wardrobe are coats, as they are both a staple and a statement piece. This season, there are four coats that every wardrobe must have.
THE BOMBER JACKET
Originally attire for pilots and aviators, the bomber jacket has evolved to become a fashion statement no one can ignore. With its gathered cuffs, waist and collar, the bomber has a casual structure that makes it the perfect alternative to a leather jacket or blazer. Silk or cotton, bold or black, the options are endless, and the style is universal. Pair your bomber with your favourite logo tee, skinny jeans and boots for the ultimate autumn look.
THE DENIM JACKET
The denim jacket has been a rotating resident in the fashion world for over 100 years, but this year it is truly essential. Light wash and oversized boyfriend style denim is the trend of the season and the perfect addition to your autumn wardrobe. A denim jacket is the perfect trans-seasonal piece as it isn’t too heavy and can easily be layered as it gets cooler. Throw it over your shoulders or roll up the sleeves to give your jacket a more relaxed look.
Pictured: (left) Melanie wears Assembly Femme Denim Jacket $99.95; Denim Jeans $149.95; Nudelucy Savage Slogan Tee $49.95 and Adidas Mens Stan Smith Sneakers in white $130 - all available from The Glue Store. Right: The Timeless Lux Trench $149.95; Artisan Floral Embroidered Shirt $89.95; The Sydney Jean $89.95 – all from Portmans. Tasha Mule $199.95 from Wittner..
THE STATEMENT COAT
The cooler months tend to encourage deeper, richer tones, as opposed to the light and bright shades of the warmer months. Having a statement coat in your wardrobe allows you to have the best of both worlds and take your outfit to a new level or just add a much-needed pop of colour. Be bold and try a red coat in a classic style or opt for a soft pastel palette. The key to the statement coat is colour, so avoid black, white and nude shades for the most impact.
THE CLASSIC TRENCH
The trench doesn’t require an introduction; it has stood the test of time and proven to be an absolute necessity in every woman’s wardrobe. Versatile and chic, the same coat can take you from Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn to solving the crime with Olivia Benson in Law & Order: SVU. If you aren’t the type for a structured coat, try one in a soft suede to add a little more movement but still maintain the elegance of a classic style.
Pictured: Heartbreaker Coat $199.95; Gravity Skirt $99.95; Flare Sleeve Tee $49 – all available from Sheike. Marlo Ankle Boot $249.95 from Wittner.
Pictured Top: MINKPINK Pathways Bomber Jacket $129; C&M Classic Muscle Tee $89 and J Brand Maria High Rise Super Skinny PhotoreadyVanity Jeans $289 – all available from David Jones (Westfield Kotara).