Elegant and understated, a belted robe coat is a style classic that never dates, it will reliably take you from everyday to a dressed up event seamlessly. A camel belted coat has been style shorthand for chic for decades, while Max Mara is the brand synonymous with this wardrobe icon there are plenty of more affordable options available. Boden’s take on this classic piece comes with a skinny faux leather belt and is currently on sale (£138), or try H&M’s wool blend in earthy brown (£79.99) or & Other Stories’ pale camel (£175). As with all timeless styles checking the sale sections online can yield some great bargains, theoutnet.com has a Michael Kors brick-red style at 50% off (£225) in all sizes. Or rent your dream coat for an event, from £15 per day at mywardrobehq.com.
This winter the colour palette on offer is extensive, everything from camel through creamy beige to pop colours. We love Essentiel Antwerp’s reversible style in contrast colour combos of pink/red, emerald/navy (3, below) and camel/cerulean. It offers two-for-one value that makes a statement on its own or to compliment an outfit. See also Karen Millen’s zingy citrus yellow from the new Coat Studio collection (8, below).
Play with pattern and look for a check style. Massimo Dutti’s grey and orange style (2, below) is elegant, while Stine Goya’s multi-colour bold check (7, below) is a brilliant statement piece that will do all the heavy lifting style wise. Throw it over jeans and a navy jumper with white leather pumps and you’re good to go, it’s a piece you will return to year after year.
A plain wool belted coat is also the perfect shape for a smart event, ideal over a slip or evening dress with a pair of heels. For daywear, dress it down with this winter’s ubiquitous stomping boot and a cosy beanie hat.
1. Beige, £190, cosstores.com
Style your belted coat with this season’s all weather stomper boots.
2. Check, £269, massimodutti.com
Add some interest to a neutral outfit with a subtle check.
3. Reversible, £435, essentiel-antwerp.com
Double your coat options with a reversible style in contrast colours.
4. Belted with hood, £49.99, zara.com
A belted coat looks chic with a slip dress for evening.
5. Taupe, £70, asos.com
A hooded style is the ultimate cover up, dial up the cosy with a chunky scarf.
6. Rust, £185, algine.com
Orange tones are perfect for autumn, style with a print dress and boots.
7. Colourful check, £440, stinegoya.com
A statement coat is an easy way to dress up jeans and a T-shirt.
8. Yellow, £349, karenmillen.com
Cheer up a gloomy day with a sunny hued coat.
9. Brown, £249, whistles.com
Dress this soft brown coat down with knitwear and denim.
10. Pressed wool, £680, Harris Wharf London at matchesfashion.com
Mix neutrals and style with knee high boots for an easy chic look.