Get ready for autumn and winter with our range of womens coats. Here is a brief lowdown on eight different types of jackets and coats; whether you need a parka for venturing out in the snow, or a raincoat for braving a storm.
Anoraks are waterproof jackets that usually have hoods and are available in a wide range of lengths and colours. They can be lined with fur or faux fur to give added protection against cold weather conditions. Added pockets, often fastened with zips, make anoraks a robust choice of coat, ideal for braving the elements.
Raincoats or Macintoshes
As the name suggests, raincoats are waterproof coats that will keep you dry whatever the weather. Normally made out of a lightweight fabric, they were once made out of a rubberised cotton. Every woman needs a raincoat or two; these days they are available in pretty floral prints and bright colours.
Parkas are coats that are designed to be windproof and to keep the worst of the winter chills at bay. Parkas have become fashion items in recent years, often worn by pop stars and celebrities with bikini tops and denim shorts at festivals such as Glastonbury. Parkas usually have a fur or faux fur trimmed hood and the main body of the coat, which is mid-thigh length, is fastened with a single zip. A cagoule is the name given to a parka made out of a light weight summery fabric, without a substantial lining.
Trench coats once formed part of an officer's uniform in the Second World War. Since then, they have been frequently associated with glamour and intrigue, being worn by famous actors such as Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau, and Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. In the Noughties, the trench coat saw a resurgence in interest with the Burberry version gaining near iconic status in popular culture.
A duffle coat is the name given to a hooded overcoat made out of a thick and robust woollen material, and fastened at the front with the distinctive toggles or duffle fasteners that give the coat its name. Duffle coats are popular with all ages and genders and can be found in many slightly varying styles and colours. Interesting fact; the coat is named after the Belgian town of Duffel, where the cloth was made.
Chesterfield coats are named after the Earl of Chesterfield , who first popularised the garment in the early years of the twentieth century. Nowadays, Chesterfield coats are worn by women and men, and are very flattering, particularly in dark colours. Chesterfield coats are tailored smart coats, and are quite long, normally falling to just above the knee. They can be double or single breasted and sometimes have collars made out of velvet or fur. They can be made out of a variety of fabrics, camel hair is common.
Cape coats are coats that combine the appearance of a cape with the warmth and protection of a coat. Some cape coats have concealed sleeves, others are completely sleeveless. They are often loose in style, but by no means without style, with features such as layers around the shoulders and bow fastening across the front. Many cape coats are also a very slimming choice, with the fabric skimming over tummy and hips. Some cape coats have many unusual style features, such as a tie fastening at the back. Cape coats are smart and elegant, and ideal for formal and in formal occasions.
Biker jackets are short leather jackets, fastened at the front with a zip, and often featuring studs and other embellishments, such as leather tassels and embroidered images. Biker jackets have strong associations with the counter culture of the fifties and sixties, and were a key item of clothing worn by Rockers. Today, biker jackets are worn by ladies of all ages who are keen to achieve an 'edgier' look.