Why not make a statement?

Jon Richardson 'Old Man'. Picture by Andy Hollingworth

REVIEW: Jon Richardson at The Kings Theatre, Southsea

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Coats are more important than ever going into autumn and winter.

The catwalk shows brought plenty of choice with oversized, mannish, tailored, fit and flare, plaid, print and the prettiest pink styles.

In the winter most of your wardrobe will be covered by your coat, so why not make a statement?

Stylish women should aim for a classic coat with a life span that will see them through more than one winter season.

Be sure to avoid a trend like tartan as it will date you quickly when it comes to next year’s style.

Forget the notion that a coat should be basic because you wear it every day. For that reason alone, your coat should be a personal and special investment.

It is the first and last thing other people will see, so choose wisely.

A coat should carry you through the multiple functions of a wardrobe, whether that be your casual, work or evening looks.

Look for superior quality fabric that will last more than five minutes and will hold up to the elements of the British weather.

As a coat is your outer layer, the shape can make or break your look. Although oversized is very on trend at the moment, treat with caution if you don’t want to appear bigger than you really are.

Mannish tailoring is on trend, which is great for straight, boyish figures. You will find this trends works with neat, slim cuts. Use shoes, bags and scarves to add a feminine touch.

On the other hand, hourglass figures should always highlight their waists with feminine nipped in fifties looks or the use of a belt to cinch the waist in.

The longer the length, the more formal the coat, so select a shorter piece on the knee or above for a more practical daytime look.

The big colour for coats this winter is pink. If you are going to go for it, choose a shade that works with your skin tone like a cool dusty rose or a warmer candy floss.

Earlier in the year, the fashion press spotted a Marks and Spencer pink coat. It has been eagerly awaited ever since and has now finally hit the shelves.

With shades of Raf Simons’ last collection for Jil Sander, and at just £85, this coat gives you an air of on-trend catwalk chic at a fraction of the price.

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