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A/W Outfit: Khaki Peacoat, White Jeans & Navy Pointed-Toe Flats

working from home outfit with khaki coat and everlane flats
Wearing Reiss coat (sold out, similar here), Everlane knit, jeans* and flats*, Gucci belt, Celine bag, Ray Ban sunglasses

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While our boys have been back at school and in day care for the past few weeks, my husband and I are still working from home. Schools have re-opened but social distancing restrictions remain here in Sydney and workers still encouraged to work from home if they’re able. (I’m glad I don’t have to think about catching public transport into the city or sharing a lift for at least a few more weeks.) And while I was on struggle street a few months ago working from home with the kids at home with us, it has been a different story working from home without the kids around – my husband and I are really enjoying it!

When our workloads permit, we take advantage and go on walks during our lunch breaks. For the past few months we haven’t really ventured far past the streets around our place so on this particular day (which was a couple of weeks ago when he took these photos for me), we hopped in the car and drove to nearby Glebe and went for a lunch time walk along Blackwattle Bay. Taking a stroll along the water was such a treat.

working from home outfit with khaki coat and everlane flats
Wearing Reiss coat (sold out, similar here), Everlane knit, jeans* and flats*, Gucci belt, Celine bag, Ray Ban sunglasses

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I’m sporting my much-loved pea coat from Reiss (purchased a few years ago but here’s a very similar one) with a navy cashmere knit, white jeans from Everlane (shared in a dedicated blog post here) and the new Everlane 40 Hour Flats in ReKnit. I’m such a fan of the original version of the flats (see my comprehensive review here) that I had to give the ReKnit version a go. The ReKnit flats were released a couple of weeks ago and I was lucky enough to receive this navy pair a couple of weeks before their release. I’m hoping to share a review of them on my blog soon.

working from home outfit with khaki coat and everlane flats
Wearing Reiss coat (sold out, similar here), Everlane knit, jeans* and flats*, Gucci belt, Celine bag, Ray Ban sunglasses

And finally my bag – it has been my go-to bag for the past few months. I share a comprehensive review of my Celine Trio here – my bag is over 5 years old but still on high rotation.

I hope you’re all having a great week so far.

P.S. My entire coat collection and five A/W wardrobe essentials.

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The Best of Sarah Lloyd’s Collection (+ An Exclusive Discount!)

Sarah Lloyd blazer*, Acne Studios tee, H&M skirt (sold out – similar here), Vince Camuto heels (sold out, similar here), Celine bag

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When it comes to workwear, there are so many options.  While I’ll turn to the high street to fill in any gaps in my wardrobe basics, I always look to invest when it comes to my workwear staples. As I see it, the staples are the major workhorses in your wardrobe, the pieces that pull together an outfit and boost self-esteem and confidence when worn.  I’m talking blazers, suits and power dresses.  

Cue Sarah Lloyd – an Australian designer carving out her niche in dressing the professional working woman. Sarah is Sydney-based and wholly committed to producing accessible designer pieces (both RTW and custom-made). Her key focus is producing classic pieces built to last – and they’re all designed and made in Australia. I’ve featured Sarah Lloyd on my Instagram feed a few times now, but I wanted to publish a dedicated blog post highlighting my picks from her collection given her approach to fashion aligns with my style goals.  

As lockdown restrictions continue to ease here in Australia, many of us are preparing to return to the office and getting our workwear into order once again. If you’re preparing to make a comeback to the office and looking to add high quality workwear to your rotation of outfits, look no further than Sarah Lloyd for your classic staples. 

Her jackets are particular standouts to me because of her signature cut and the silhouette she creates – the shoulders are more structured and waists are more tapered than what you would find on the high street. These tweaks make her jackets unbelievably flattering and in my opinion, definitely worth the investment. 

And in exciting news, you can take advantage of my exclusive discount code – WVW150 – and take $150 off any jacket from her RTW collection. My exclusive discount code is only valid for a limited time until 20 June 2020 so now’s as good a time as any to bite the bullet if you’ve been on the hunt for key workwear pieces. 

So let’s get right into it.  

#1 – On Parade Jacket

Sarah Lloyd blazer*, Acne Studios tee, H&M skirt (sold out – similar here), Vince Camuto heels (sold out, similar here), Celine bag
Sarah Lloyd blazer*, Scanlan Theodore silk tank (sold out), Gucci belt, H&M trousers (sold out, similar here), Tony Bianco mules (sold out, similar here), Chanel bag

I thought I’d kick things off with a jacket that I own and love. It’s a jacket I’ve worn countless times to the office and has served me well in meetings and in court. And as an added bonus, if you travel a fair bit for work, this is ideal as I’ve personally found the fabric to be very easygoing – it doesn’t crease, packs easily and travels well.

It’s hard to go past a classic black jacket and the ‘On Parade’ jacket is cut in her signature tailored fit with structured shoulders and a tapered waist. I have the size 8 and I can vouch for the fact that it’s true to size. And as you all know, a good blazer isn’t just going to serve you for work, a blazer thrown over pretty much any look will finish things off perfectly.

#2 – Royal Wrap Riding Jacket in Herringbone

sarah lloyd herringbone jacket
sarah lloyd herringbone jacket

One of the latest additions to Sarah’s collection of jackets is this wrap belted jacket in herringbone. Herringbone and power suiting are a match made in heaven while at the same time being completely classic and ladylike. The bold herringbone print on this jacket is timeless and perfect for both corporate and business-casual looks.

You can shop the jacket here.

#3 – Royal Wrap Jacket in Tweed

sarah lloyd jacket

For a muted version of the herringbone jacket above, this charcoal tweed version is a great option, while still making a statement with its structured shoulders and tapered waist. The go-with-anything grey makes it a perfect addition to your corporate wardrobe.

You can shop the jacket here.

#4 & #5 – Duchess of Cambridge Jacket in Navy and Ivory

It’s hard for me to go past navy for workwear and this double-breasted linen jacket is a great relaxed option. Personally, I think long-line double breasted blazers are such versatile pieces – they look great buttoned up, worn open and belted with a thin waist belt.

You can shop the navy jacket here and the ivory version below here.

sarah lloyd jacket

My exclusive discount code (WVW150) is only valid until 20 June 2020 so be quick! The code is valid across all of Sarah’s RTW jackets and excludes her custom-made styles.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. An updated review of my Gucci belt (after 24 months of wear) and five A/W wardrobe essentials.

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Updated Gucci Belt Review & Guide – 24+ Months Wear & Tear

Gucci belt styled with H&M coat (sold out, similar here and here), Reiss knit, Nobody Denim jeans, Tony Bianco mules (sold out – similar here), Celine bag, RayBan sunglasses
L: Gucci belt styled with H&M coat (sold out, similar here and here), Reiss knit, Nobody Denim jeans, Tony Bianco mules (sold out – similar here), Celine bag, RayBan sunglasses R: Everlane flats* styled with Uniqlo trench (sold out, similar here, here, and here), Everlane knit, Everlane jeans*, Gucci belt, Celine bag, RayBan sunglasses

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If I had to pick one of the most worn items in my wardrobe, it’d have to be my Gucci belt. This belt has been styled in countless corporate looks, business casual outfits and it’s the accessory I rely upon when I feel like my outfit is looking a little meh.

It has the ability to instantly elevate an outfit and is the ultimate pick-me-up. So considering I’ve had this belt now for over two years, I thought I’d share an update on whether it was really worth the hype.

updated gucci belt review and guide - comparison of width
Gucci belt worn with Reiss dress (worn as top), Scanlan Theodore skirt, Tony Bianco mules (sold out, similar here) and Celine bag

Sizing and width

I have the Double G belt in Chocolate Brown with Antique Brass Hardware in the 3cm (1″) width in size 85. Curiously, this belt is from the mens line and the link to the exact belt I own is here.

Sizing and width are, without a doubt, the most frequently asked questions I receive. The belt comes with 5 holes and is offered in a broad size range: 65cm to 120cm. I’m a true size AU 8 (UK 8 / US 0-2) and I typically wear 26″ waist jeans. I went with the 85 but if I had my time again, I would have definitely sized down to the 80 or even the 75. If you read my initial guide on the belt, I ended up getting 3 holes punched in by a cobbler and I’ve since been able to wear it as both a hip and waist belt. I should also note that I did try to get this done in the Gucci boutique but the associates told me that wasn’t a service that they offered.

As to the width, I initially got the 4cm (1.5″) width but it overwhelmed my petite frame (I’m 5’2″ / 158cm). The narrower width of the 3cm (1″) belt made a world of difference. I believe it is now referred to as the ‘medium’ but it’s best that you go by measurements just to be sure.

Deciding on which width to go for ultimately comes down to personal preference. The 4cm (1.5″) belt is what I would consider a more statement piece while the 2cm (0.75″) belt sends a subtle message. I love that the 3cm (1″) width is a balance of both and allows the belt to be worn on both the hip and the waist.

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updated gucci belt review and guide - comparison of width
L: Reiss coat (sold out, similar here), Everlane knit, Everlane jeans*, Everlane flats*, Gucci belt, Celine bag, RayBan sunglasses R: H&M coat (sold out, similar option here and here), H&M knit, Scanlan Theodore skirt, Gucci belt, Vince Camuto heels (sold out, similar here) and Celine bag

Design and quality

The design of the belt is very simple. The buckle featuring the signature marmont logo is the most *extra* thing about it. I chose the smooth chocolate brown leather with antique brass hardware which is a lovely muted gold. I should also note that the mens line also includes a textured leather option, which is heat-stamped and looks similar to saffiano leather.

Personally I think the smooth leather has a much softer look to it and after two-and-a-half years of wearing the belt, it has shown very few signs of wear. Considering its price tag, the quality is exactly what I would expect of a luxury item.

Wear and tear

This belt mainly features in outfits I wear to the office, either to lift my corporate looks or business-casual looks on Fridays. I keep things pretty casual on the weekends so it doesn’t get as much use when I’m out and about with the kids.

In an average working week, I’ll wear this belt at least twice. So I’d hazard a guess that I’ve worn the belt at least 200 times since I got it. At the time I received it, the belt retailed at $535 AUD (it’s now $570 AUD) which puts the cost-per-wear at roughly $2.68. I’ll continue to chip away at the CPW as I wear it more.

After two-and-a-half years of use, the belt has shown little sign of wear – amazing considering how often it has been worn. When I’m not wearing it, I store it neatly coiled up in one of my handbags, away from direct sunlight.

updated gucci belt review and guide - comparison of width
Gucci belt styled with H&M coat (sold out, similar here and here), Reiss knit, Nobody Denim jeans, Tony Bianco mules (sold out – similar here), Celine bag, RayBan sunglasses

Is the belt too trendy?

It’s been years since the peak of its popularity and the hype has well and truly died down.

I consider my belt to be a classic piece and I put it down to the fact that I chose a thinner width as opposed to the popular 4cm (1.5″) version designed to make a bit more of a statement. I’ve known of a few people who loved and wore the 4cm version but have recently parted ways with it as they consider it past its heyday. I can’t say I feel the same about mine – I’m still very content with it.

I’m now in my mid-30s and I’m making more of a conscious effort to stay away from trends and curate a considered wardrobe of classic pieces. At the time I got this belt, I intended for it to be with me for the long run and I’m so happy with how it is served me so far. Given how much wear I’ve managed to get out of it and the fact that I’ll continue to wear it in the future, I don’t consider this to be a trend piece. If you are looking to invest in this as a forever belt, I would strongly recommend you consider the thinner widths so as to avoid potentially feeling like it’s a statement piece in the future.

L: Gucci belt styled with Reiss dress (worn as top), Scanlan Theodore skirt, Tony Bianco mules (sold out, similar here) and Celine bag R: Gucci belt styled with COS top, H&M pants, Chanel slingbacks (affordable dupe here and here), Everlane coat* and Tory Burch tote

Belts are a great way to enjoy luxury products without spending too much of your hard earned coin. Many designer houses have their own versions of monogram belts, such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Hermes to name a few – though all those belts retail for almost double the cost of a Gucci belt!

And that’s a wrap from me! I hope you found my updated Gucci belt review & guide to be useful. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below. If you found this helpful, I’ve also written a number of reviews of my handbags and fashion bits and bobs which you can read here.

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P.S. A review of my Celine belt bag and my entire coat collection (prices and all!).

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The *NEW* Everlane Curvy Cheeky Straight Jean

Wearing Everlane Curvy jeans*, Marks & Spencer top* (sold out – similar here and here), Gucci belt, Tony Bianco mules (similar here) and Celine bag

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White jeans are bit of a risky proposition. But I’m an advocate of wearing them – no matter the season. Despite my love of coffee and red wine (and I’m also going to just throw in that I’ve got grubby young children which weirdly hasn’t deterred me from white denim), I’ve been reaching for these bad boys as the weather continues to cool here in Sydney.

And while white jeans are surprisingly versatile to style, you’ve got to be picky in choosing the right denim. Too thin and you risk your jeans being see-through and too thick and you risk having a pair of cardboard jeans that are too uncomfortable to wear.

everlane curvy cheeky straight jean
Wearing Everlane Curvy jeans*, Marks & Spencer top* (sold out – similar here and here), Gucci belt, Tony Bianco mules (similar here) and Celine bag

I’m sporting the new Everlane Curvy Cheeky Straight Jean in Bone. The curvy version of their traditional high-rise straight leg jean is specifically designed for hourglass shapes. Since giving birth, my sons gifted me hips and a bigger bum. And while I’ve since come to terms with the fact that their gift couldn’t be returned (thanks kids), the biggest blow was that my pre-kids denim collection sadly became unflattering on my new body shape, particularly around my mid-section. With this in mind, I’m honing in on the silhouettes better suited to my new body shape.

The curvy version of Everlane’s classic straight leg style has adjusted the hip-to-waist ratio so there’s less bulge up top. But the highlight for me is the back pockets on the curvy version of the jeans that sit a little higher than their regular fit – a hugely flattering design feature that makes my bum look more lifted (see below!).

Bend and snap!

In terms of wearability, from the get-go they’ve been comfortable to wear with a touch of stretch thanks to the 2% elastane in the fabric. As to the denim itself, it passes the fabric test with flying colours – it’s not too thin or thick. All in all – these have been a real winner for me. And for $120 AUD / $78 USD a pair, they’re hard to pass up.

When it comes to sizing, I’m a true size AU 8 and I typically wear a size 26 in jeans. I’ve got this pair in the size 26 in the ankle length and they fit perfectly. In terms of working out whether you should go for the regular fit or the curvy fit, if you’re pear-shaped like me, I would recommend going for the curvy version. The tweaks that they’ve made are so flattering.

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everlane curvy cheeky straight jean
Wearing Everlane Curvy jeans*, Marks & Spencer top* (sold out – similar here and here), Gucci belt, Tony Bianco mules (similar here) and Celine bag

It’s been a busy week for me on the work front but I’m looking forward to relaxing with the family over the weekend.

Thanks again for stopping by. Hope you’re all staying safe x

P.S. My five A/W wardrobe essentials, my entire coat collection and my WFH favourites.

Please note that while these jeans were sent to me as PR product by Everlane, I was under no obligation to write this post or share these with you. All thoughts are my own.

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Five A/W Wardrobe Essentials

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With the turn of every season, a crop of new trends pop up, and we’re inundated with temptations to get on board. While it can be hard to resist, I set myself some style goals earlier this year and those goals included taking a more considered approach in my purchases and staying away from trends. The pieces that are still going strong in my wardrobe are the classics that were purchased after much research and consideration and I’m all about getting more bang for buck out of my closet.

Now that it’s properly chilly here in Sydney, I’m sharing with you a curated list of classic A/W essentials for your wardrobe. My list is made up of classic pieces that are both versatile and have serious staying power. And while they may be more ‘sensible’ styling choices, they certainly don’t compromise on style.

So let’s get into it.

Behold, my top 5 autumn/winter wardrobe essentials:

#1 – A luxe and cosy scarf

Wearing Acne Studios scarf, H&M coat (sold out, similar here and here), Tony Bianco mules (similar here), Ray Ban sunnies

I can’t imagine stepping foot out the door without a scarf these days. And these days, it’s my Acne Studios Canada scarf that has been getting a lot of love.

I finally bit the bullet earlier this year and bought the scarf after wanting it for so long. It is one of those wardrobe essentials that never seems to get old. And while it’s a lot of money to spend on a scarf, I really think everyone should get one. The quality is exactly what you’d expect for the price – it’s soft, cozy and a great size to style. I can see myself wearing this for many years to come and I’m toying with the idea of adding another colour to my wardrobe – perhaps a navy or a camel one.

#2 – An extra-fine knit for layering

Wearing Uniqlo knit, Uniqlo skirt, Tony Bianco mules (similar here), H&M coat (sold out, similar here and here), Celine bag

Knits are obviously winter wardrobe essentials but I’m specifically highlighting the extra fine merino knits that are fitted, can be worn as tops, look great under blazers and jackets but still keep you nice and toasty.

Uniqlo’s Merino Wool Knits are the business – thin, fitted and extremely warm. I heavily rely on these for my A/W work wardrobe as they layer so well under blazers and suits. I want all the colours.

For a more premium offering, it’s hard to look past Reiss’ offering of fitted knits. The semi-sheer options below layered with camis are so chic for the office.

#3 – Ankle boots

Wearing The Curated Coat* (AU link / International link) (similar here and affordable dupe here), Nobody Denim Jeans, Acne Studios Scarf, Everlane boots, Celine bag, Ray Ban sunnies

One of those no-brainer basics, but I couldn’t resist including these in my top five. I like my boots to be classic, stylish, and comfortable, as they’re often my shoe of choice for walking around on chillier days (with a block heel being non-negotiable). One of my favourite pairs are these ones from Everlane, and I also like these ones from Tony Bianco, which will last for years because of their classic style.

#4 – A chic neutral coat

Wearing H&M coat (sold out, similar here and here), Gucci belt, Scanlan Theodore skirt, Tony Bianco mules (similar here), Celine bag, Ray Ban sunnies

My collection of coats (recently shared in this long post here) is made up of predominantly neutral tones. I’ve found that keeping a minimal colour palette has opened up a world of styling options. This particular coat is from H&M and was a steal compared to the many investment options out there but it just goes to show that you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money to build up a wardrobe of classic pieces.

#5 – A high-neck knit

Wearing Marks & Spencer top* (sold out – similar here and here), Scanlan Theodore skirt, Tony Bianco mules (similar here), Celine bag

And last, but certainly not least, is a high neck knit. I love both the extra fine and chunky knit variety. I mainly style my finely woven knits in corporate looks for the office and reserve my chunkier knits to keep my cozy when off-duty.

And that rounds up my top five autumn/winter wardrobe essentials. Thanks for reading!

P.S. The four outfits for any type of WFH day, my edit of knitwear to elevate your WFH looks and my *entire* coat collection.

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My Entire Coat Collection 2020

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For someone who lives in a subtropical region, I have a pretty solid coat collection. Sydney’s climate is temperate and we enjoy sunny days for most of the year. During our mild winters, temperatures rarely drop below 7 °C (45 °F) during the day so heavy duty layering isn’t always required.

Despite having about 4 1/2 months of the year of A/W dressing, my wardrobe is much more geared to the colder climate – and coats are by far my favourite item of clothing. In my opinion, coats are like shoes – they can make or break an outfit (and you can never have too many!). And while they can be a bit of an investment purchase, I have predominantly looked to the high street for my outerwear fix. When styled with my designer bags and shoes, they can look just as luxe.

You might notice some common themes when browsing through my coat collection – double-breasted styles, belted coats and predominantly neutral tones. I have a few functional coats that I take with me when travelling, such as puffy jackets, but I haven’t included these in this list as they serve more a functional rather than sartorial purpose.

So here they are, in no particular order, my coat collection as at 2020 – prices and all. Where still available, I’ve linked the actual coat otherwise I’ve worked hard at finding a great dupe.

#1 – Brown Melange Wool Coat

Brand – H&M Conscious

Amount paid: $139.00 in February 2020 | Alterations? Yes – sleeves taken up for $60.00 | Total cost: $199.00

Wearing H&M coat (sold out, similar here and here), Reiss dress, Vince Camuto heels (sold out – shop the real deal here), Celine bag
Wearing H&M coat (sold out, similar here and here), Everlane Cashmere knit*, H&M pants, Nike sneakers, Celine bag and RayBan sunglasses

I first saw this coat on Emma Hill’s YouTube channel and it was one of her favourite Autumn purchases. Australian stores always seem to receive pieces 3 – 4 months after their Northern Hemisphere counterparts so you can imagine the excitement when I spotted the coat in H&M after an unplanned browse during my lunch break earlier this year. The colour is a perfect muted brown and I love the oversized cut – one of my most stylish winter coats.

The coat is unfortunately sold out but I’ve found some great options here and here.

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#2 – Light Khaki Collarless Duster Coat

Brand – The Curated

Amount paid: PR product (RRP $625.00 AUD / $375.00 USD) | Alterations – None

Wearing The Curated Coat* (AU link / International link) (similar here and affordable dupe here), Nobody Denim Jeans, Acne Studios Scarf, Everlane boots, Celine bag (see my review here), Ray Ban sunnies
stylish winter coats - lighter neutral
Wearing The Curated coat*, Uniqlo knit, Scanlan Theodore skirt, Tony Bianco mules (similar here), Celine bag

This coat is the latest addition to my collection and no stranger to my Instagram feed. I get the most DMs about this coat and so I’ve written a comprehensive review with my thoughts here where I talk about sizing, quality and how I’ve been getting on with it. It’s my only cashmere coat and it is the softest and most luxurious feeling coat in my entire collection.

You can shop the coat here and I’ve found a similar style here (and an affordable option here).

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#3 – Camel Coat

Brand – H&M

Amount paid: $169.00 in April 2018 | Alterations? Yes – sleeves taken up for $60.00 | Total cost: $229.00

stylish winter coats - casual style
Wearing H&M coat (sold out, similar options below), Scanlan Theodore shirt (old season), Nobody Denim jeans, Tony Bianco mules (sold out, similar here), Chanel bag (shop preloved here)
stylish winter coats - camel wrap style and gucci belt
Wearing H&M coat (sold out, options linked below), H&M knit, Scanlan Theodore skirt, Gucci belt, Vince Camuto heels (sold out – shop the real deal here) and Celine bag

There’s nothing quite like a great camel coat. You know the kind – that perfect shade of brown that fits just right and magically goes with everything… it’s the outerwear staple that does it all. For years, I’ve had a MaxMara coat on my wishlist. And while I’m yet to justify the price tag (and don’t really see that happening any time soon!), my H&M coat continues to serve me well after years of wear.

This coat is from a couple of years ago so no longer available but I’ve found a great affordable option here from ASOS, a great quality one from Country Road for my AU/NZ-based friends here and an upper high street option from Reiss.

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#4 – Checked Double-Breasted Coat

Brand – Vero Moda (via ASOS)

Amount paid: $168.00 in December 2016 | Alterations? Yes – sleeves taken up for $60.00 | Total cost: $228.00

stylish coats for winter
Wearing Vero Moda coat (sold out, similar here and here), H&M dress (similar here and here), Christian Louboutin heels, Chanel bag (shop preloved here)

I don’t wear much print but when I do – I’m mad for plaid. The only print coat in my collection, the monochrome makes it easy to wear with… well, pretty much anything.

I purchased this coat during the height of summer here in Australia and while 32 weeks pregnant. A completely frivolous purchase (fuelled by my hormones, I’m sure!), it formed part of the pile of “things-I’m-buying-for-no-good-reason-but-fingers-crossed-they’ll-suit-me-once-I’ve-popped“. Thank goodness it did! (Because there were lots of things that didn’t…)

Here’s a great affordable dupe, here’s an option from Reiss that looks amazing, here’s another option from Reiss (because I’ve got a thing for Reiss at the moment if you couldn’t tell already?!) and here’s one by Isabel Marant that is simply divine.

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#5 – Trench Coat

Brand – Uniqlo

Amount paid – $109.95 (RRP $129.95 – purchased during a promotion in January 2020) | Alterations? None

stylish winter coats trench coat
Wearing Uniqlo trench coat (sold out, similar options below), Marks & Spencer mock neck navy knit* (similar here and here), Ana Pena London Tweed Pencil Skirt*, Vince Camuto heels (sold out – shop the real deal here) and Celine Bag (see my review here)
Wearing Uniqlo trench coat (sold out – similar options below), Nobody Denim Jeans, Marks & Spencer top* (sold out – similar here and here), Everlane flats*, Celine bag (see my review here)

Cue the quintessential A/W staple – the trench coat. While the classic Burberry trench coat has been on my wishlist for the longest time, there are so many great high street options to steal the look for a lot less.

I managed to get mine from Uniqlo during a promotion – it’s a nod to the traditional trench with some modern updates. While it’s now sold out, here’s a great affordable option here from ASOS, a great version from Country Road here, and a designer option here.

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#6 – Khaki Pea Coat

BrandReiss

Amount paid: $780 in November 2016 | Alterations? Yes – sleeves taken up for $60.00 | Total cost: $840

Wearing Reiss coat (sold out – similar here), COS top, Nobody Denim jeans, Everlane boots, Chanel bag (shop preloved here)

And here we have yet another hormone-fuelled purchase made during the third trimester of my pregnancy. I splurged on this coat with absolutely no idea as to whether it would fit me or suit me by the time I gave birth. I can’t be sure but I think I had to pay the import tax on it too? Ouch! But thank goodness I was frivolous! It is one of my favourite coats and it is top quality – as are all Reiss pieces. It’s this lush khaki-grey colour and it’s a tone that goes with everything. I’m not letting go of this piece… ever!

I’ve found a similar style here that you might like to check out.

#7 – Navy Pea Coat

BrandSportscraft

Amount paid: $185.00 in May 2017 (RRP $399 – purchased on sale) | Alterations? Yes – sleeves taken up for $60.00 | Total cost: $245.00

Sportscraft Coat (new season version here), Everlane Knit*, Nobody Denim Jeans, Boots by DuoBoots (similar here)*, Celine Bag (see my review here)

As far as stylish winter coats go, the peacoat reigns supreme. The double-breasted winter staple has stood the test of time and has the ability to make any casual outfit look prim and polished. There are so many options and out there and finding the right one can take a bit of trial and error.

Personally, I think navy peacoats look great on guys. My husband actually got his first. And after seeing him look so effortlessly stylish in his, I had to hunt one down for myself.

For my AU friends, you can shop the new season version of my coat here (on sale too!) and I’ve found an affordable option here.

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As for other stylish winter coats I’m looking to add to my collection, I’m not really looking to add more at this stage as I recently did a big wardrobe purge and cleared out a few coats in the process (you can read more about the rules I applied here). But if, by chance, I were to stumble upon the perfect charcoal or light grey coat, I would find it difficult to say no!

I hope my coat collection has sparked some inspiration for potential stylish winter coats options to add to your wardrobe.

P.S. The five A/W workwear pieces you need, embracing lighter coloured stylish winter coats and my current favourites from Reiss.

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