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The Statement Coat

A statement coat is one that packs a punch – a show-stopper. It can elevate your look from every-day to street-style status. It’s the kind of coat that’s all “I-wanna-touch-it” textures, asymmetrical hems, explosions of colour, structural silhouettes, unexpected colour combos, and strategically placed buckles, belts and straps.

As autumn/winter collections start to drop in stores from now on, have a think now about what you want to say with your statement coat come autumn.

Here are my top tips on how to choose and style the statement coat.

Colour and Print

Go for bold colours and prints. Checks, stripes and animal prints are all classic patterns that, in most cases, won’t date. Avoid trends when it comes to colours and patterns. A classic print and colour will be relevant for years to come, making your statement coat an investment piece.

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(Faux) fur, leather, feathers, shearling and patent leather all come out to play in a statement coat, often in unexpected combinations. Worn with confidence and attitude, you’ll pull it off in style.


Abstract or dramatic silhouettes make the statement. Look for well-cut designs such as a cocoon coat or duster, but make sure it suits your body type (longer if you’re tall, shorter and tailored if you’re not so tall).

What’s Underneath

Keep your outfit simple underneath your statement coat. It’s all in the title: the statement coat does all the talking, so you need to keep your outfit underneath simple, either monochrome or tonal.

If you’re going for an over-size statement coat, then wear something form-fitting underneath to show your shape and avoid being swamped by the coat.

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How to wear it

  • I love to play with proportions to create an interesting and flattering silhouette. A long coat looks fabulous over a sleek, short skirt and bare legs – weather permitting! Culottes (pictured) can also mix up the look in an unexpected way.
  • Drape your coat over your shoulders to add structure and elegance.
  • Roll up the sleeves for a fresh take on a more traditionally-shaped coat.
  • Belt at the waist with a contrasting colour or textile for a flattering shape.

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The statement coat is a fabulous way to keep the colour and energy of summer alive, well into autumn and winter.

2 thoughts on “The Statement Coat

  1. Hey Suzanne! Where are your culottes from? My search is drawing a blank for the perfect black culottes! Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Sarah! The culottes are from Theory. They have some great styles this coming season. Otherwise, I’d try By Malene Birger. If all else fails, Zara always do a solid line in these type of culottes too.

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