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Technicolour Dream Coats

red coat

katherine hooker coat

Coat: Katherine Hooker (old)  Trousers: Stella McCartney (old) Shoes: Kurt Geiger Photos: Lottie Anderson

As the evenings are getting cooler and the season is changing to my favourite one, Autumn, I’m dreaming of coats.  Having lived in London, New York, or Amsterdam for most of my adult working life, I can tell you that BLACK is the colour of winter coats.  I might have bought a dark grey or camel coloured coat here and there, but mostly my coat-quest has been about scouring stores and websites to find the season’s perfect black coat… good quality luxurious fabric, the right weight, excellent stylish lapels, the right length, and most importantly, one that works as well open as closed.

However, a few years ago, I did something crazy.  I bought a Katherine Hooker raspberry-coloured windowpane plaid coat with fuschia satin lining, on a whim.  I went to buy a blue coat, but Katherine herself talked me into buying this one instead. Well.  Friends and strangers gushed about this coat.  Men who never took much note of what I wore to work would always remark on it.  Last year, I bought a (fairly inexpensive) cheery sky blue coat, and a month later, happened to also find a faux fur collar/lapel thingy in the same colour.  Ladies, wearing the two together was life-changing. Friends’ children (little boys, who never notice such things) remember me as “the lady with the glamorous coat”. Shop assistants always ask me where I got it. Women on the street compliment me and are surprised where I got it (Marks and Spencer for the coat, and Topshop for the faux fur trim, for the record).

pale blue coat

fendi multi tote Coat: M&S  Faux fur stole: Topshop (old) Shoes: Kurt Geiger (old) Bag: Fendi (old) Rings: Pomellato Photos: Lottie Anderson

The moral of the story is this: I am done with buying more black coats!  Not only is an actual colour so much flattering next to your skin and hair as you age, but either matching or clashing it with your existing wardrobe also gets you some major Style points.  This Autumn and Winter, the stores are awash with colourful coats, so think about what bright colours you are naturally drawn to, and go get one!  It changes everything.

Here are a few I found that I love:

I am completely crazy about the Moschino one, but unfortunately, my blonde hair looks terrible with yellow, so one of you has to get it so I can live vicariously.

Do you have a bright coat yet?

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  • Reply
    Christina Jordan
    November 10, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    I think color in the winter doldrums is a must! I do wear the NYC uniform of all black, but topping it with a pop of color just takes it to a whole other level! I have red, bright blue, coral, pale pink and a golden yellow (which is definitely better on a non-blonde).

    Though I do admit to owning a black “sleeping bag” coat for those bitter days – I’m not sure a bright puffy sleeping bag is really in anyone’s best interest 😉

  • Reply
    Little Red
    May 5, 2015 at 1:14 AM

    Love brightly colored coats. I bought a bright red Katherine Hooker coat last fall and it is so freaking perfect that I’m planning on getting rid of my other red coat and want to get another in a different style. Mine doesn’t have working pockets. Does yours?

    • Reply
      The Sequinist
      May 5, 2015 at 1:13 PM

      Yeah, the one I have has working pockets. You can’t go wrong with her coats! xx

  • Reply
    January 22, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    This blue coat & indeed the entire outfit is inspired & I love it!!!
    Second ever blog post you say? Crikey it’s a cracker lady!
    Too many exclamation marks? I know, sorry – she exclaimed 😉

    • Reply
      The Sequinist
      January 22, 2016 at 3:06 PM

      I love that blue M&S coat; it has been a real winner. Thank you, Miss Michelle! xx

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