Outerwear

Coat Corner: Green military style coat from River Island

The Chief of Police has been searching for months now for a green coat, so it figures that as soon as she gives up the search and buys a blue one instead, River Island would bring out this one. Of course, this is really turquoise rather than green, but that’s small comfort as the colour is gorgeous, and such a refreshing change from all of the dull winter colours we tend to see around at this time of year. It’s £74.99 and available from River Island.

Coat Corner: Leifsdottir Textured Ruffle Coat

The Fashion Police are all for outerwear that stands out from the crowd and we think this ruffled coat by Leifsdottir certainly qualifies on that count. The duck egg blue colour and textured fabric would’ve been enough on their own to attract our attention, but the ruffles to the front and back sealed the deal, adding an interesting little touch to an already pretty little coat. Like it? It’s $498 at Nordstrom.

Coat Corner: muubaa leather cowl neck bomber jacket

A good leather jacket is one of those items that’s always being described as a "wardrobe essential", so it was with some consternation that we realised recently that The Fashion Police coat cupboard is sadly lacking in that department. In order to fill that gap, then, we’ve taken to coveting this leather bomber jacket by Muu Baa. It has one of those oversized, draped collars that are always guaranteed to curry Fashion Police favour, and although we initially thought we’d prefer it in black, on reflection we think the grey would possibly be more versatile, so we’d happily learn to live with it. The price is £160, and it’s available at ASOS.com, if you want to live with it too.

Wanted! River Island’s smart jacket with tails

We all know that a good blazer is one of those “wardrobe staples” fashion mags are always banging on about, and that’s particularly true during the summer, when you can sling one on with a pair of jeans and a tank top and still look pulled together. A smart jacket is also a great buy during the Christmas party season, too, though, because few things look better thrown over a little party dress -just ask Gwyneth Paltrow if you don’t believe us. Sure, this black tail jacket from River Island isn’t going to keep you warm, but if you’re doing a quick “car to bar” hop, or just want something to keep you warm once you’re inside your chosen venue,…

Coat Corner: Pique wool blend coat from Old Navy

It’s super-cute, it’s available in three gorgeous colours (plus basic black), and it’s just been reduced to $69.50. All we can say is that we’re actually pretty glad Old Navy don’t offer international shipping, or all three of the colours shown above would probably be winging their way to Fashion Police HQ right now. Well, we could use them for our winter uniforms, no? If you’re luckier than us and don’t live in the Land That Old Navy Forgot, you can buy one of these here. Good luck deciding which colour to go for…

Coat Corner: ‘Annabelle’ wool coat from Forever 21

Because winter coats tend to be so pricey, most of us tend to stick to one per year at the very most. If the next coat to catch your eye happens to be this ‘Annabelle’ coat from Forever 21, however, you may just be able to persuade yourself to splurge on another, because this is only $39.80. Of course, we can’t tell from the picture just how much quality or warmth you’ll be buying for that price, but we’re loving the white trim on black wool, and, of course, the little bows on the pockets. As Forever 21 say, it’s a very ladylike look, which would look great livened up with a pair of brightly coloured tights. Did we mention…

Dorothy Perkins bow neck coat now available in red

We know we’ve shown you this coat already, in blue, but it sold out instantly in that colour, and we still get lots of emails from people desperate to get their hands on it, so we thought you might like to know that Dorothy Perkins have just re-released the bow neck coat, but in red this time. As beautiful as the blue was, we actually think we prefer this colour because it appeals to our sense of drama, and will be a fantastic way to brighten up those dull winter days. If you like it too, we’d suggest you don’t waste any time in buying it, because it’s likely to sell out just as fast as the other colour. It’s…

Coat Corner:Petite cream textured cape from Dorothy Perkins

It’s been a while now since we poked our heads around the door of the Coat Corner, but when we spotted this cute little cream coloured cape at Dorothy Perkins this week, we knew it was time to take you back there. For some reason, once again this is only available in the Petites section (what is it with retailers doing this recently?), and we know the bracelet-length sleeves will put some of you off, but hey, that’s what long leather gloves are for, and the combination of the two can look very chic. This is also the kind of jacket which makes a perfect transitional piece for Spring and Autumn, so the shorter length and sleeves may not be…

Things that make you go ‘hmmm’: the convertible jacket

Now, we’re not calling this a crime of fashion, exactly – there’s nothing particularly objectionable about it after all, but it does make us scratch our heads a little, and wonder: why would you want a convertible jacket? Or, more to the point: why would you want a jacket that converts in this particular way? Because when you zip off the bottom half (yes, there is a zip securing bottom to top), you’re left with what basically amounts to a shrug-jacket. And a cold belly. This is $135.90 at Nordstrom. Tell us, though: would you buy it? [Source]

Coat Corner: Jil Sander tweed jacket

Given that we so recently slapped Martin Margiela on the wrist for creating outerwear with a collar so huge it would make driving in it dangerous, you’re probably wondering what we’re doing, awarding Jil Sander a place in the Coat Corner for doing almost the same thing. We’re wondering that too, to be honest, although, to be fair, we never said we weren’t fickle, and that’s because … we are. We also have a weakness for the huge, stand-up collar, and while Margiela took it too far (“No! Not Martin Margiela!” we hear you cry. Because he never takes things too far, does he?) we find the cut of this jacket intriguing, and would kinda like to get our sweaty…

Coat Corner: Bow back tail coat from ASOS

As the fashion press keeps on telling us, this is the season of the “statement coat”, and this one by ASOS is certainly making a statement all right. Whether that statement is one you want to endorse or not is up to you, but we love the deep purple colour of this, and that “tail” will certainly help it stand out from all of the other “statement coats” around this season. Because there seems to be an unwritten rule in fashion right now that every single item must come with a bow, this has one on the back. It’s £100 at ASOS and is apparently “in the style” of Sienna Miller, who you can see wearing one just like it…

When funnel neck coats go too far…

We’ve been bigging up oversized collars since the very start of our Coat Corner feature this year, so if you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably already sussed that this is a look The Fashion Police like. A lot. As with all good things, though, you can take it too far, and if your name happens to be Martin Margiela, chances are you will take it too far. And this is what you’ll end up with. Now, we realise the mannequin this piece is being shown on is already headless, but that collar is so mighty we have a feeling that even those of us blessed with a head would look pretty freaky when viewed from behind, in a ‘Headless Horeswoman"…

Coat Corner: Cape Coat from Littlewoods Direct

Like the oversized collar, the cape coat is another style we’ve been seeing a lot of this year in outerwear, and you won’t hear any complaints about that from us. We like the wearable drama of the cape, especially on coats like this one from Littlewoods, which retain the feel of a cape in the wide sleeves, but not so much that you’re going to feel like a character in a costume drama every time you wear it. This one comes in winter white, which would be one of our favourite coat colours, were it not for the huge amount of dry cleaning coats of this shade always seem to require. It’s £85 from Littlewoods Direct, and you may want…

Daylight Robbery: Chloé mongolian lamb coat

Confession: The Fashion Police don’t actually know very much about Mongolian lambs. Perhaps they’re very rare (although, of course, that would make Chloé’s use of them in this coat even more outrageous). Perhaps they’re very valuable. Perhaps their wool is made from gold. Who knows. Not us, anyway, but we’re really hoping that last suggestion was the correct one, because it’s the only reason we can think of why this coat would cost £8,435. In dollars: $14,588. Or thereabouts. Anyone care to explain this one to us?

Coat Corner: Tofu belted wool coat in purple

This winter, we’ve been finding ourselves mostly lusting after coats of many colours. The colours don’t have to all be in the same coat, of course – in fact, we’d rather they weren’t – but give us purple, red, blue, green, and we’ll be happy. Anything but black, in other words. This lovely bright purple coat, then, is by Tofu, and has more or less everything we’re into right now, namely the bright colour plus a slightly unusual design which will help it stand out. We don’t normally like empire waistlines as a rule, but we find them much easier to wear on coats than on dresses, so we could live with this one quite easily. This is £68, and…

Coat Corner: JJ Park Brocade Coat

Sometimes we just need our coats to keep us warm, but sometimes we need them to be relatively smart, too, so for those times when you’re off out for the evening and don’t want to throw on your regular old “day to day” coat over your slinky dress, this brocade coat by JJ Park could be the answer. The brocade fabric and satin trim give this a bit of a luxurious feel, while the wool content will make it fairly warm at the same time. It’ll look good for dressier occasions, but could be equally good over a pair of jeans or whatever you normally wear to work, too. Get it at Oli, where it’s £125.

Fashion Police Poll: Do you buy a new winter coat every year?

As you may have guessed from our regular Coat Corner column, we’re just a little bit obsessed with outerwear – particularly so this year, as the Chief of Police is currently engaged on a never-ending search for a new winter coat, the last one having been forced into retirement after more years on the job than the Chief is prepared to admit to. (Don’t worry, it’ll get a full Police Pension and a nice retirement gift). This search has got us wondering, though: we always advocate spending as much as you can afford on a coat, because you get so much wear out of them, and a good coat will last you for years – literally, in the Chief’s case,…

Coat Corner: ‘Annette’ wool blend coat from Forever 21

We’ve featured a lot of designer and mid-priced coats in the Coat Corner since it started, so here’s the budget option… This ‘Annette’ coat from Forever 21 would perhaps be better described as a “jacket” due to the short length, and that could also make it more suitable for those of you living in kinder climates than us. The three-quarter length sleeves may also seem impractical, but wear this with a pair of elbow-length leather gloves underneath and it’ll give you a very ladylike, Jackie O style look that we think is kinda cool. The best bit? It’s only $39.80, and is also available in black and orange. Get it here.

Coat Corner: Amber Road coat from Modcloth

Our Coat Corner has been on hiatus for the past few days, because although there are still lot of lovely coats out there, none have really made us sit up and take notice, until we stumbled upon this cute little ‘Amber Road’ coat from Modcloth, and knew we had to feature it. The large, off-centre buttons and tie-neck give this lots of retro appeal, and although the site calls it "lightweight", we think it could still see us through a good few Autumn/Early spring days, if not the coldest ones of winter. It’s $84.99 and available to buy here.

Coat Corner: Tie shawl coat from Oli

We’re not quite sure why this model looks so very concerned. We’d be feeling pretty darn pleased if we were wearing this cute little coat from Oli, but then, perhaps she knows something we don’t. Or maybe she’s just had a peek inside the Fashion Police jail while she’s here, who knows… This is another example of the way big collars are taking over the outerwear world this winter. We’re not complaining: the collar, belt and colour of this all help add a shot of glamour to the coat, and the length will make it easy to wear with either jeans/trousers or dresses and skirts. It looks very glam with the pencil skirt shown in this picture, but throw it…