A winter coat is without doubt the ultimate cold weather purchase for every citizen of the world: it defines a woman’s wardrobe for this season, and beyond. Which breakout Fall 2016 trend will you invest in? Be it a futureproof piece of outerwear that will stand the test of time—like a classic leopard print coat that channels the silver screen sirens—or a supersized puffa coat that draws out your inner urbanite, we’ve covered the definitive seven trends to storm through winter in.
Scroll down to decode the key coat looks from the Fall 2016 runways.
THE MILITARY COAT
As seen at: Prada, Marni, and Burberry Fall 2016.
The look: Epaulettes, acute tailoring, and utilitarian detailing. Note that double-breasted features and lavish frogging at Burberry and Louis Vuitton had such a high impact that the look trickled down to the high street at Mango, H&M, Topshop, and beyond within weeks.
Runway to real life: Military-inspired coats are expertly placed with off-duty denim, and a T-shirt for a zero effort look (think Caroline de Maigret).
THE QUILTED COAT
As seen at: Balenciaga, Marques’ Almeida, and Chanel Fall 2016.
The look: Quilted or puffa style coats in oversized, exaggerated dimensions. Think storm trooper meets action man.
Runway to real life: Go large or go home. Wear with premium althleisure, slick trousers, and confidence.
THE BAROQUE COAT
As seen at: Gucci, Miu Miu, and Prada Fall 2016.
The look: Ornate brocade, bejeweled shoulder detailing, and embroidered longline coats with decorous buttons.
Runway to real life: Alessandro Michele’s Gucci girl is your muse here, so: clash prints, add faux fur accessories, load on the brooches, and slip on a pair of oversized opticals.
THE ANIMAL COAT
As seen at: Christian Dior, Blumarine, and Dennis Basso Fall 2016.
The look: The classic animal print takes on a slick form with soft woolen cloth cuts, smooth cashmere and fur finishes.
Runway to real life: The rules are that there are no rules. Leopard print is the new neutral (according to J.Crew’s Creative Director, Jenna Lyons) so wear your print coat with dresses and trousers suits, 24-7.
THE APRES-SKI COAT
As seen at: Stella McCartney, Emilio Pucci, and Louis Vuitton Fall 2016.
The look: Alpine prints, intricate Peruvian ethnic patterns, velvet deluxe, or boxy quilted parkas geared for the slopes.
Runway to real life: On the streets, wear ski-style coats with slim trousers and chunky biker boots. On the piste, layer over your monochrome salopettes.
THE GIANT AVIATOR
As seen at: Burberry, Marc Jacobs, and Lacoste Fall 2016.
The look: Shearling-lined, golden buckles, chunky zips, and swooping proportions: the Aviator went to the extreme this fall.
Runway to real life: Replace your fall biker jacket with one of these cool numbers.
THE FUN FUR COAT
As seen at: Mary Katrantzou, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Anya Hindmarch Fall 2016.
The look: Unapologetic clashes of color, kitsch motifs (stars, flowers, and leopard print at Katrantzou), and geometric rainbow stripes.
Runway to real life: Dare to wear a statement fur coat over pleated midi skirts, or in contrast with zip-up tops.
Which Fall 2016 coat trends will you go for this season? Let us know on Twitter @VogueArabia.