Forget about buying your loved ones winter woolies this Christmas, why not go for a classy coat instead?
While the primary function of a winter coat is keeping you warm and protected, a good coat is the ultimate style statement too, and has the power to reinvent your entire look.
Just about every key trend of this season can be tapped into through a stylish cover-up, meaning you don’t have to go overboard with a whole new wardrobe.
Choose your favourite look and let your winter coat do all the leg (and arm) work.
* Russian romance
Costume film epics like Anna Karenina are a masterclass in dramatic overcoats. Think rich, luxurious fabrics adorned with intricate embroidery and elegant embellishment that scream high society.
* Country classics
Let Downton Abbey and country living be your inspiration this winter. Tweed coats, heritage checks, wax jackets and quilted cover-ups all feature heavily on the high street.
Work with your own wardrobe to find the country coat to suit your style.
* Gothic glamour
Go back to black this winter. This season the mood is dark and dramatic and a slick black coat is the easy way to work the gothic vibe. Glossy fabrics like leather, patent and PVC effortlessly work dominatrix chic.
* Military mode
It’s no surprise that military-esque features translate so well to cover-ups with the sharp tailoring, strong shoulders and brass button detailing. Stick to longer length coats in dark green, navy or black for extra longevity.