10 Ways to Make Your Coat Work Even Harder This Autumn

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A really great coat is hard to come by and therefore deserves a great coat-centric outfit to truly let it shine. Once you've gotten over the first hurdle of finally deciding which style to buy—whether it's an on-trend vinyl trench or a classic camel number—it's then a case of styling it up to perfection.

More often than not, the obvious choice when outfit-building around outerwear is to slip on a coat over a chunky knit and jeans, which, don't get me wrong, is a fail-safe look for chilly weekends. Sometimes, though, you just want to feel a little more inspired. That's where we come in. We're all too familiar with the challenges that come with cold-weather dressing, so we've rounded up 10 easy-to-copy coat outfit ideas that our favourite influencers have been nailing recently.

Trust us—these foolproof combinations will provide all the inspiration you need to freshen up your layered looks from now and way into the depths of winter. Keep scrolling to shop now.

1. Statement Collars & Cuffs

Style Notes: An easy way to elevate your coat is to opt for statement details such as look-at-me collars and cuffs. Just add animal-print trousers for Ab Fab vibes. Anna Winck's Charlotte Simone coat is sold out, but you can shop a similar style below.

Shop the look:

Saks Potts Foxy Faux-Fur-Trimmed Leather Coat (£1360)

Thomas Sabo Hoop Earrings (£98)

Sportmax Leopard Trousers (£245)

Prada Cleo Bag (£1700)

2. Slouchy Tailoring

Style Notes: This wool coat ticks all the boxes, and we love that it's a tailored shape that's still slouchy. Layered over smart black jeans and a polo-neck, this is the ultimate autumnal outfit. We're about to copy it instantly.

Shop the look:

Totême Belted Wool Coat (£825)

Marks and Spencer Pure Merino Wool Roll Neck Jumper (£35)

Mango High-Waist Wide-Leg Jeans (£36)

Dune London Troop Mid Block Heel Knee High Boots (£180)

3. Tonal Layers

Style Notes: We couldn't not also include this perfect daytime look from Monikh Dale. She wears the tonal trend extremely well, matching her cream coat to her roll-neck and adding a pair of slouchy trousers to finish off the look.

Shop the look:

Abercrombie & Fitch Wool-Blend Blazer Coat (£190)

Ted Baker Vvera Oversized Fit Cable Knit Jumper (£145)

Arket High Waist Linen Trousers (£69)

FitFlop Pilar Leather Ankle-Boots (£150)

4. High Shine

Style Notes: Florrie Thomas has packed on the shine in this outfit. Why not try the trend out for yourself? Vinyl trenches are everywhere this season, and we can't get enough. Obviously, they work in the day with jeans and knits, but they're also a great style to throw on for date night.

Shop the look:

The Frankie Ship Olympia Faux Leather Blazer (£315)

Ganni Checked Cotton-Blend Seersucker Midi Dress (£123)

Missoma Dome Large Ridge Hoop Earrings (£125)

Oroton Jerome Baguette Bag (£420)

5. Double Leather

Style Notes: Lucy Williams's double-leather look is certainly good. If anyone can pull it off, she can, but it's definitely tempting us to try it out ourselves. The added pop of pink and those strappy sandals from The Row add a soft touch to balance out the tough leather. We love.

Shop the look:

Abercrombie & Fitch Vegan Leather Dad Coat (£170)

Zara Poplin Shirt (£20)

Marks and Spencer Leather Cropped Straight Trousers (£159)

The Row Black Constance Sandals (£925)

6. Clashing Colours & Prints

Style Notes: Nnenna Echems's bold pink coat and zebra-print dress are sure to turn heads in a sea of beiges and browns.

Shop the look:

River Island Pink Belted Double Breasted Coat (£110)

The Couples Zebra Print Dress (£395)

Marks and Spencer Chunky Leather Chelsea Boots (£69)

7. Knitted Textures

Style Notes: Katherine Ormerod's textured look proves you don't actually have to splash the cash to look like you have. Her fuzzy outfit is autumnal perfection, and we want to wear it every day this week. Knitted co-ords are most definitely a thing at the moment, and these trousers are a bargain. Not to mention this borg coat is as cosy as they come.

Shop the look:

Ugg Gertrude Borg Coat (£195)

Zara Oversize Cotton Polo Shirt (£15)

Zara Ribbed Midi Skirt (£15)

Wandler Georgia Ivory Leather Top Handle Bag (£590)

8. Reversible Styles

Style Notes: One way to make your coat work even harder is to invest in a style that, well, works harder, and nothing gives you the same overtime as a reversible coat. While this might sound niche, there are lots of reversible coats on offer this season—take your cues from Abi Omole and tick off another major trend by ensuring yours is quilted.

Shop the look:

Ralph Lauren Reversible Quilted Ripstop Coat (£349)

Monki Pleated Skirt (£25)

H&M Leather Mules (£40)

9. Interesting Accessories

Style Notes: If you’re looking to breathe new life into your outerwear, you can do so with statement accessories. This trick works even better when you take a basic coat and pair it with bold boots, belts, and even gloves to pep it up.

Shop the look:

Karen Millen Leather Investment Notch Neck Coat (£480)

Zara Colourful Sunglasses (£20)

John Lewis & Partners Fleece Lined Leather Gloves in Red (£20)

Sam Edelman Samantha Tiger Print Boots (£72)

10. Loose Fits

Style Notes: Unless the weather requires otherwise, try leaving your coat undone and loose to allow your outfit underneath to shine through. Follow Marianne Smyth’s lead by wearing yours with a dress of a similar length, and it’ll look even chicer.

Shop the look:

Zara Faux Suede Twill Coat (£30)

12 Storeez Side Slit Ribbed Wool-Cashmere Dress (£166)

& Other Stories Chunky Sole Leather Chelsea Boots (£165)

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