If there’s one thing we have a lot of in the North-East, it’s weather! Howling gales, snow, hail and horizontal rain mean that a jacket or coat that combines warmth and style is an essential wardrobe buy.
This season, there’s lot’s to choose from, but quality, practicality and style all vary enormously. Look for longer lengths in padded jackets, ideally with waterproof high-tech fabrics and feather light down or hi-loft fillings. Most ski and outdoor stores carry the main brands in a range of muted tones that work equally well in the city or halfway up the Cairngorms. If you’re bulky, go for narrow channel insulation and avoid red or you may inadvertently remind people of an insulated hot water tank!
If you need a more formal option, look for a double or single breasted overcoat in a wool and cashmere mix or a waterproof trench coat. The single breasted option is more streamlined, but double breasted designs can be warmer. Pair it with a cashmere or wool scarf in a bright stripe to lift the mood and some classic leather gloves. Stand out from the usual sea of greys and blacks in a herringbone or houndstooth check, or try a classic camel or a muted burgundy shade. Details such as colourful linings and soft velvet collars are on trend. A proper fit makes all the difference. You should be able to move your shoulders comfortably and sleeves should cover your shirt cuffs and suit sleeves.
Lastly, consider the Borg jacket, named after the Swedish tennis maestro, rather than the Star Trek alien collective. Its shorter length combines a shearling or faux-fleece collar, in a bomber or denim jacket style, making it the perfect option paired with jeans and a t-shirt for milder days.