The most beautiful winter coats to look for this season

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Cosy nights in by the fire, warming hearty meals with friends and the excitement of the run up to Christmas, are just some of the reasons to love winter. But let’s not forget another tradition that keeps us going through the chilly months: the joys of winter coats and finding the perfect one for your wardrobe.

It’s the garment that swiftly takes you from home to office to drinks, in warmth and style, on show for all to see; so choosing the right one (or two, or three) is vital. Here’s what the catwalks dictated for 2014.

The cape

Demonstrating effortless chic, the cape made a regular appearance at the fashion shows this year. From the hooded plaid woollen Saint Laurent number to Burberry Prorsum’s asymmetrical colour block design, the cape is undergoing a bit of a reinvention. Pair with slim trousers and heeled ankle boots for a razor sharp silhouette.

Shearling

Practical, perennial and pretty to look at, this is the shearling trend. It appears in the BCBG Max Azria collection, with a standout cream leather patchwork coat accented with tonal shearling. Isabel Marant gives a contemporary twist on the look by giving the cream gilet a cinched leather belt and smooth shearling sleeves. Even just a trim collar will give you serious style credentials.

Blue

Source: Twin factory

Source: Twin factory

The powder and pastel palettes of last year paved the way for a stand-out hue: blue. It returns in many shades, shapes and sizes this time round, such as the aqua brushed wool pieces at Richard Nicoll and black and blue checked knitwear over at Sonia By Sonia Rykiel. Choose the right blue to match your closet’s colours.

Wrap around

Stay wrapped up with a wrap around coat. Mark Fast delivers a fun take on the trend with a bright orange option, but you can look to Altuzarra for more wearable inspiration, such as the subtle navy trench. Layer up with a thin polo neck to absolutely nail it.

They are the statement pieces of any outfit this season, so get excited about wrapping up in designer outerwear at its best.