A wardrobe staple and the all-time classic, the maxi coat is a must. It has everything you are looking for in a perfect coat: it is classy, sophisticated, comfortable, very warm and it makes you look cool.
Whether you choose to mix it into an outfit as a way to complement it or simply cover everything up, my advice is, go for a classic colour – beige (greige, camel), black or for a pied-de-coq, plaid version. Classic colours, or non-colours for that matter, are easy to dress up or down, while the textures might require a bolder approach. It all depends on your taste and personality, of course.
Take for example my two maxi coats – the greige one featuring a cosy teddy texture, and the oversized one in houndstooth print. I love them equally, but I find the greige (a colour between grey and beige) one to be more versatile at this particular point in time – I wore it with everything from pointy knee-high boots to Stan Smiths, from leather dresses to sequinned trousers. Its neutral colour seems to be complementing every single piece in my wardrobe! And I believe it will do the same for you.
In the meantime, with the pied-de-coq coat, I feel the need to go for brighter colour schemes. I love the way it looks when mixed with leather pieces, it gives the classical houndstooth texture a modern feel and fresh vibe. I prefer to wear it with sneakers or casual footwear as I simply adore the contrast between what appears to be old and the new. Because let’s face it, many will regard the various types of plaid as having a vintage vibe to them, am I right? So be careful how you wear these, you don’t want to look like a bored grandma I assume. The vintage-looking/vintage – modern balance is super important and please remember this when creating outfits.
There’s a thin line between looking cool, fresh and stylish and having too much vintage stuff going on, making you look passé and giving your image a very “tired” vibe.
When it comes to the fabric of choice for your new maxi coat, go for natural fibres if the budget allows you: wool always looks good, so does cashmere. They both age gracefully!
But no need to despair, as the fabrics industry has some great alternatives for us, especially in the last years – polyester or acrylic that has both the look and feel of wool or cashmere, at a fraction of the price. All you need is a good eye, and don’t hesitate to go a size up. An oversized maxi coat will always look a thousand times better than a fitted one!