Although I’d like to believe that spring is just around the corner, it seems we still have a few more months of coat-wearing weather ahead of us. Whether you’re a fan of puffers, trenches or oversize teddy coats, there’s no way to deny that the wardrobe staple – gynaikeia royxa – is an absolute necessity at this time of year.
Seeing as we’ve been wearing coats daily since around late November, we wouldn’t blame you for feeling tired of the item or even a little impatient each time you have to layer one over your existing outfit in the morning. Thankfully, the street style at Copenhagen Fashion Week managed to prove that coats don’t have to be an afterthought, as editors and influencers attended the shows in Denmark wearing a whole host of interesting outerwear.
As to be expected, we saw several standout trends emerge, as the style set was dressed in various iterations of checked coats, brightly coloured trenches, quilted coats and sunshine yellow shades. With style inspiration straight from one of fashion’s coolest cities, we can only imagine these coat trends will be just as popular at the runway shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks too. Keep scrolling for the coat trends that are already dominating street style pictures this year.
1. Quilted Coats
Fashionable and practical, warm quilted coats were seen all over the streets of Copenhagen. Often spotted in either khaki green or a faded yellow, it’s safe to say the trend is a frontrunner for fashion week.
The duvet coat (also known as quilted, padded or puffer) is essentially the sartorial equivalent to a duvet day. These babies can be chucked over any outfit and you’ll instantly feel toasty warm, which is great news for those of us that hate having to lug around a million layers during the coldest months of the year.
While in previous decades this trend has had a more youth-focused aesthetic, from last year it’s all about elegant, grown-up creations (undoubtedly thanks to the chic styling of Bottega Veneta). Of course, there are still plenty of classic, sporty iterations to go around, but I’m loving the more unusual designs that are breaking the puffer-coat mould, such as Arket’s trench coat/puffer look or Totême’s quilted interpretation, which has plenty of old-school housecoat vibes.
2. Yellow Coats
Sunshine yellow is having a moment. It’s predicted to be one of spring’s most popular shades, and show goers at Copenhagen Fashion Week proved you don’t need to wait for warmer weather to wear this bright hue. In a sea of drab outwear, yellow coats were everywhere back in 2014: Nadya of Montreal wore a translucent yellow raincoat. In Ukraine, Myroslava opted for a fuzzy jacket that wasn’t too Big Bird–like at all. Now you can wear it again!
3. Checked Coats
While a checked coat might be considered a timeless wardrobe staple, the attendees at Copenhagen fashion week proved the item can also look contemporary. Opting for a checked coat in a bright colour or contrasting hue will be sure to make your look that much more modern. Layering with a checked coat. They’re stylish, surprisingly flattering and are great for jazzing up a simple jeans and tee ensemble or adding over a patterned blouse for a clashing print outfit. Get ahead of the trend as the sales start to dwindle and inject a bit of new season energy into your end of summer wardrobe. Wear a big checked trench over a fabulous new season jeans shape or wide leg trousers. Or choose a boxy checked blazer and style it with a nod to the 70s trend.
Whatever style you choose, just make sure it’s check, mate.
4. Statement Trenches
The humble trench coat was given an update this year when designers began swapping its traditionally beige colour palette for a range of rainbow brights. Evidently, the fashion set has embraced the update, as colourful trench coats were seen all over Copenhagen.
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