Disclaimer: I am not trying to maliciously call anyone out – there’s nothing wrong with having a few popular and long-lasting staples in your wardrobe (although the above are overpriced and have flirted with animal cruelty, but I digress). In any case, if you want to spice up your wardrobe, this is the list for you.
The Big Furry
The fur coat, once an unironic statement of wealth and glamor, has now been reappropriated into the more affordable and easy-to-maintain faux fur coat in a variety of styles and colours. These coats are warm and easily customisable to your personal taste. My philosophy with these is that bigger is better – fur, even faux, was always meant to be a bit over-the-top.
The Suede with Fur Trim
This might sound rather similar to a plain (faux) fur coat, but these say “I am a groupie” and “I thrift” much more than the above. These 70s-rock pieces are coming back, most often with a button-front closure and longer, more unkempt “fur” for their trim. The best finds for these will be located in charity shops and on Depop.
See above: Kate Hudson in Almost Famous
The Brightly-Coloured Statement
This is a less unified trend than the other two as it encompasses a range of styles, but I strongly believe in the value of having a few unique, stand-out pieces on hand. A statement coat is an especially convenient way to enhance a more classic or versatile outfit. Life is short. Make people look at you with bewilderment.
The Classic Leather Coat
To be clear, this is not the same thing as a leather jacket. Leather jackets, while chic, are not usually warm enough for the winter, and have all blended into a sea of faux fur-lined motorcycle jackets imitating each other. I’m talking about a straight-up Matrix leather coat. People might think you’re a dominatrix, but striking fear in the hearts of men isn’t a bad thing.
See above: Buffy in one of her signature late 90s/early 2000s long leather coats
See above: A coat I strive to make enough money to purchase from orseundiris.com, although I would probably wear it with a shirt underneath.
That’s all I have for now. You can only have so many coats, anyway – it starts to become impractical. Stay warm!