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A Coat

- words by Hannah Slapper, styling by Rebecca Corbin-Murray

How to wear a coat


The world is going insane. Temperatures plummet and snow hits the ground, then warmth bursts into a bizarre springtime bubble for a few days, and after less than a week we're in the midst of a terrifying rainstorm that threatens to flood the entire civilisation. During these unpredictable and, often literally, dark days you need something reliable and trustworthy in your wardrobe that you know can ensure your fashion prowess, whatever the weather.

In many cases, this lifesaver will be a coat. Throwing  a trench over a dress, a fur jacket over a quirky jumpsuit, or a parka over your grunge jeans and jumper look will often provide shelter not only from adverse conditions, but also from a fashion faux pas. You have to choose your partner in crime carefully. Most coats speak for themselves: it's easy to pair them with an outfit. But occasionally you fall in love with something and you find yourself stumped.

This is how we felt about Sophie Hulme's exquisite contrast sleeved wool coat. The deep rich colours are divine, the double-breasted button and long lapels have those deliciously androgynous details that are so sought after these days, and the wool will be warm but also not overwhelming.

However, it's pretty long. That's a midi coat, if ever we've seen one. It's not waisted, so not really perfect for a dress. That long straight cut needs something both specific and yet incredible versatile to justify investment. Luckily our stylist came up with the perfect solution: jeans. A good pair of skinny jeans, such as these high waisted ones from BLK DNM, popped under that coat will give off just the right urban vibe for fashion week, especially when paired with some sexy Acne chelsea boots. Keep things casual and tap into that Spring Summer 2013 grunge vibe with one of the favourite pieces of the season, a Dries Van Noten sheer and checkered shirt. Pop your essentials in a small but perfectly formed Balenciaga handbag and you're ready for whatever the world has in store, in both the sky and the street.

1. Dries Van Noten, Sheer Cotton Checked Shirt; £455,
2. Sophie Hulme, Contrast-sleeved Wool Coat; £675,
3. BLK DNM, High-waisted Denim Jeans; £120,
4. Balenciaga, ‘Tube’ Small Grained Leather Handbag; £910,
5. Acne, ‘Free’ Leather Ankle Boots; £440,

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