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The Outerwear Directive 2016

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Arguably the biggest sartorial purchase we make on a regular basis, the winter coat is often the cornerstone to our entire look for the season and beyond. Each year designers bring us classic styles, new and refreshed designs, and a wealth of on-trend shapes and fabrics, creating a must-have outerwear list.

This year we have translated the trend into six key styles in our Outerwear Directive – from floral-printed, quilted puffa jackets to classic woollen capes; from tailored cover-ups to shearling and faux, plus we’re also focusing on key shades and fabrics – frosted-tones and touchable textures.

Read on and discover that this season’s trends are more diverse than they’ve ever been. We’ve chosen a few of our favourites from our fantastic collections, to ensure your find the perfect outerwear to keep you warm this winter.

Touchable textures

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From bouclé tartans to loose knits and plush weaves, it’s easy to see and feel the newness with this 2016 outerwear trend. Perfectly suited to both day and evening, these classic pieces will be an asset to your winter looks for years to come.

Key textural looks (above Helene Berman check coat – coming soon)

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Left: Isaac Mizrahi Live textured biker jacket; right: Andrew Yu’s bouclé longline coatigan

Ice cool tones

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This season outerwear takes on an effortlessly elegant air in pretty, icy-tones and silver-grey shades. Browse jackets and coats in luxurious fabrics and a variety of styles to channel some wonderland into your winter wardrobe.

Key frosted looks (above Helene Berman longline coat)

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Left: Dennis Basso quilted funnel-neckline puffa in Ivory ; right: Helene Berman’s textured coat

Winter botanicals 

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Floral prints aren’t just reserved for the warmer months; bring them into the heart of winter in darker tones perfect for outerwear. From achingly on-trend puffa jackets to classic coats, embrace the most feminine prints with this stunning collection.

Key florals (above Rino & Pelle printed lace print jacket)

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Left: Centigrade’s floral print quilted jacket and right, their reversible floral print coat

Cape town

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Still enjoying a huge revival, capes this season will add some kapow to your outerwear repertoire. Count on the cape to transform your autumn/winter looks and showcase your style know-how by being both practical and utterly on-trend.

Key capes (above Helene Berman cape coming soon

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Left: Mr Max metallic jacquard cape; right: Frank Usher’s faux fur-trim cape and the

Minimal forms

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Sleek lines, monotones and the notion that less is more are the key elements in this outerwear trend. Think sleeveless blazers, pared-down silhouettes and fuss-free styling. Simple yet utterly clever, minimalist styling is classic, timeless and eternally chic.

Key lines (above Chelsea Muse by Christopher Fink waistcoat)

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Left: Helene Berman bouclé and metallic-knit longline waistcoat; right: MarlaWynne’ zip jacket

Shearling luxury

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Faux-fur comes in all shapes, shades and textures for autumn/winter 2016, from aviator jackets to long-line gilets and classic coats with faux fur accents. Superbly warm and eternally stylish, shearling is the height of this trend.

Key fauxs (above Rino & Pelle faux suede and fur jacket)

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Left: Centigrade’s faux shearling jacket with faux fur trim in Navy and right the H By Halston faux shearling biker jacket in Silver Sage

Don’t get left outside in the cold – shop the full Outerwear Directive now.

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