While many parts of the world begin stocking up on their coats by the time September rolls around, in Gibraltar we’re fortunate enough to be able to delay that shopping excursion for another couple of months. But with inevitably cooler times and depleting hours of daylight fast approaching, it’s time to take coats into serious consideration. November is the month where many of us finally begin having a shift in mindset and start to reacquaint ourselves with our autumn and winter wardrobes once again.
But with so many options to choose from – from classic trench coats to trendy puffa jackets and aviators, it’s difficult to know which style to invest in. Shopping for coats has forever been one of my most dreaded outings; aside from the inevitable expense, I’ve always found it hard to be excited by outerwear for some reason. But it’s true that coats, aside from their utilitarian purpose, have a powerful ability to transform and elevate even the most boring of outfits. My disdainful attitude towards them, however, changed a couple of years ago when I purchased my first teddy coat, a cuddly oversized piece from one of my favourite streetwear brands, Weekday, and so cosy that it almost felt like I was still snuggled up in my duvet.
Otherwise known as ‘borg jackets’, teddy coats burst onto the scene in a major way last year, spurred on by the likes of Kim Kardashian and notable street style influencers. This year, they’ve seen yet another huge spike in popularity; you can barely walk down the street without passing several people sporting some sort of variation. Teddy coats are well on their way to becoming a firmly established fashion staple. Aside from the true classics that simply don’t ever go out of style, it’s not often that you come across a coat trend that is able to survive multiple seasons.
Ironically, teddy coats were actually first designed for men, with many 1960s film stars and rock stars leading the trend and sporting styles, many of which were then made of cotton-backed alpaca wool. These days, you’ll see them on an increasing number of designer runways, particularly on Max Mara’s catwalk – a designer renowned for his fabulous collection of coats season after season. Despite their name, there’s really no need to indulge in real fur purchases anymore; faux fur has come a long way in the past few years and it looks and feels just as fabulous as the real thing. Slowly but surely, faux fur iterations are beginning to dominate the high-street as well as the catwalks, as we gradually shift into a space of increased social consciousness and environmental awareness.
If you’re wondering about the price point, you’ll find that many high street options are actually super affordable. Firm favourites like Topshop, Zara, Mango and ASOS have fantastic selections as always, with a huge range of colours, textures and lengths to choose from. M&S, aside from being one of the few long-standing shops for women and men in Gibraltar, definitely deserves a visit, and is fast becoming one of my favourite haunts for winter coats, as they tread the fine line between trendy and timeless so perfectly.
Sure, teddy coats are simple and unfussy, but there’s still something quite high fashion about them. They never fail to inject a sense of glam and fun into any outfit, and have an unmatched ability to pack a sartorial punch, which means that you can keep the rest of your outfit pretty toned down and minimal and let your outerwear do the talking. There’s no specific way to style one, of course, but if the street style crowd are anything to go by, simple knit jumpers and classic straight-leg jeans are the way to go.
The best part about the teddy coat trend is that it can be pulled off by absolutely everyone. They’re wearable and adaptable, no matter the occasion. You can literally throw one over a plain white tee, and team up with a pair of old jeans and Vans, and there you have it, you’ve nailed the effortless-yet-cool styling that many of us strive for. Equally, you can wear one over a slinky slip dress and a pair of lace-up heels for a perfect ‘night out’ look.
Personally, one of my favourite ways to style a teddy coat is by opting for a brighter piece, and pairing it with a sleek all-black ensemble. Or alternatively, go for a classic beige, and team it up with gorgeous caramel and biscuit tones for an elegant and put-together look. No matter what you decide to opt for, one thing’s for sure: a teddy coat is an absolute dream on those chilly mornings when the struggle to get out of your warm bed is all too real. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be taking it off all winter!
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