New winter coat anyone?

It’s official – winter is here. After a relatively mild November so far, temperatures are set to plummet this weekend, do if you don’t already have your winter coat, than it’s time to hit the shops to get it.

A new winter coat makes the arrival of winter that bit easier to bear, agreed? However, where to start, with all those amazing coats on offer. Do you want yours long, or average length? Fur or not? Brightly coloured, or regular black?

Well, that’s where we come in. We’re not going to buy it for you, that’s taking thing a bit too far, but we will give you an invaluable guide.

Let’s start with fake fur, or faux fur. Cosy and fun, there’s loads to choose from, from black, from long faux fur, almost Chewbacca style, to curly pile, to perhaps just a fur trim?

Winter coat fake furClockwise, from top left: Long beige faux fur, £140, Phase Eight @ Debenhams, fur trimmed funnel neck, £10, JOY, orange fur, £119.99, Studio @ H&M,  black shaggy fur, £120, Warehouse @ Debenhams, short beige faux fur, £95, Oasis @ Debenhams, belted faux fur, £54.99, New Look

Perhaps a long maxi coat or a masculine duster is more your style? They’re brilliant for covering everything on those coldest of days and are a great way of expressing that 1970s trend this season.

winter coat full length coatClockwise, from top left: Charcoal belted, £140, Phase Eight @ Debenhams, stripe hem, £104 (was £130), Oasis @ Debenhams, grey duster, 75, Native Youth @ JOY, rust fur collar maxi, £120, Warehouse @ Debenhams, camel duster, £29.99, New Look

Something simple, subtle and chic might fit your winter coat bill. Grey is a great neutral this winter, or black or navy. It’s all in the cut with this selection.

winter coat understated new

Clockwise, from top left: Waterfall front, £65, BHS, double breasted, £39.99, New Look, black felted coat, £119.99, H&M, navy coat, £120, Oasis @ Debenhams, textured belted coat, £199, Phase Eight @ Debenhams

Maybe something bright and bold is more your winter coat thing. Make a bright statement in a bold colour, or go for texture – pile, boucle, velvet, brushed wool. We feel cosy just looking at them.

winter coat colourClockwise, from top left: Pile, £79.99, H&M, collarless teal boucle, £65, BHS, pink wool , £220, French Connection, velvet, £95, White Stuff, red, £60, BHS, dark green, £120, White Stuff

A fur collared-coat is a great idea, agreed? Even better if they come off. How cosy does that fur feel on your neck? Winter coat win!

winter coat fur collar coatClockwise, from top left: Beige fur collar, £120, Warehouse @ Debenhams, fur collar check, £59, Red Herring @ Debenhams, grey fur collar, £69, Red Herring @ Debenhams, green check coat, £150, JOY, grey cocoon fur trim coat, £72 (was £90), Oasis @ Debenhams, black fur collar coat, £140, Betty Jackson Black @ Debenhams

Finally, make a statement with your winter coat with a bold pattern.

Winter coat patternedClockwise, from top left: Monchrome patterned, £75, Betty Jackson Black @ Debenhams, leopard print faux leather trim, £49.99, New Look, plaid coat, £69.99, H&M, fireside patterned, £250, French Connection

The coat edit!

Coats! Every winter we need them, but this season coats are more than just a necessity, they’re a trend! So, the coat edit we have prepared for you showcases just a few of the HUNDREDS of coats out there this winter.

From boyfriend, to duster, to slouchy, to belted, to pea, to trench – you name it, this year you can buy it. The brands have gone coat mad. So, for this coat edit, we’ve piacked a few of our favourite stores and tried to whittle their massive range of coats down to a handful from each.

Let’s start with French Connection, who have coats to die for this winter. This coat edit was tough, but we plumped for seven we adored. French Connection have a mix of fun and serious, from belted to check and boyfriend shapes. Pink features in most of our stores coat edits. Once again it’s the colour to be seen in. And we couldn’t resist this pink marshmallow fluff coat!

French Connection coat editClockwise, from top left: Blue check coat, £190, pale blue, £225, pink fluffy coat, £195, gold military style coat, £195, dark green boyfriend coat, £170, fur trimmed coat, £145, pink zipped and belted coat, £250, all French Connection

BHS have kept things quite safe and traditional with their coats. Our coat edit picked out a gorgeous red belted number though, that would brighten up any winter day. And we love the oversized check and cosy fake fur.

coat edit 2014 bhsClockwise, from top left: Pink check, £65, fake fur, £70, red belted, £60, Dorothy Perkins blue boyfriend, 65, faux shearling, £80, collarless boucle, £65, all BHS

H&M are winning the coat battle hands down. They have SO many to choose from. Our coat edit was tough, but we plumped for gorgeous belted coats, quirky cocoon shaped quilted, loose fake furs, and a gorgeous classic camel overcoat.coat edit H&MClockwise, from top left: Camel coat, £59.99, red belted, £99.99, cream quilted, £89.99, black belted, £69.99, pink belted, £79.99, fake fur, £69.99, white overcoat, £59.99, navy long belted, £99.99, all H&M

White Stuff offered a simple coat edit, with a few styles – a retro checked double breasted coat was our absolute favourite.


white stuff coat editClockwise,from top left: Textured velvet coat, £110, navy velvet, £95, moleskin coat, £95, check, £120, all White Stuff

JOY have kept their coat selection very vintage and retro this season. We wanted to put so many more in our edit! We love the fur trims, we adore the bold colours.

coat edit 2014 joyClockwise,from top left: Red fur trimmed duffle, £125, pink fur-trimmed, £125, green overcoat, £125, black fur trimmed, £75, mustard overcoat, £125, check fur-trimmed, £125, blue funnel neck, £125, all JOY

Debenhams have plenty of coats to choose from – all shapes, all styles, all colours. From bright striped fake furs, to fluffy fabrics, they have lots of coats in the stylish boyfriend shape that’s a key look this winter.

coat edit debenhamsClockwise, from top left: Red Herring curly fur pale blue, £60, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson pink boyfriend coat, £110, Red herring cream fake fur, £79,Star by Julien Macdonald striped fake fur, £82, Betty Jackson deep green boyfriend coat,  £99, Red herring orange boyfriend coat, £65, RJR.John Rocha overcoat, £150, all Debenhams

And over at New Look they also have plenty of the boyfriend shape, as well as lots of checks, some timeless leopard print and a brilliant long black duster coat.

coat edit 2014 new lookClockwise from top left: Long black duster coat, £34.99, wool blend check coat, £79.99, fake leopard print fur, £44.99 (was £54.99), unlined yellow coat, £34.99, grey long check, £44.99, purple green check boyfriend coat, £64.99, camel fur-trimmed coat, £59.99, black and white checked coat, £64.99, all New Look

We hope our coat edit helps you choose the right coat – or two – for the winter ahead!

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reduction