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Grab your coat; FROM RAVISHING RED TO FLUFFY FABRICS, THESE ARE THE COATS TO COVET NOW, SAYS katie wright.

Byline: katie wright

WHILE there are many depressing things about winter (the cold, the darkness) there's plenty to get excited about too, namely Christmas, comfort food, and the fashion equivalent of the Pumpkin Spice Latte: Coats.

And it just so happens that this season's outerwear trends are without exception the cosiest and coolest we've seen in years. We're talking bright colours, loads of fluff and snuggly fabrics that will keep you toastywarm all winter long.

But you'll have to be quick if you want to get your arms into one of the trendiest coats, as they're liable to sell out long before the mercury drops and you actually have to put one on.

Here are our top five autumn/ winter coat trends to shop now and wear later.

1Red Hobbs Tilda coat, PS299, hobbs.co.uk COATS RED is the undisputed colour of AW17, and it lends itself amazingly to outerwear, because what's more mood-enhancing than a lipstick red wool coat? Dorothy Perkins red double breasted coat PS65; red slash neck jumper PS24; black coated skinny jeans PS18.20 (currently reduced from PS26); black This season, the silhouette borrows from the boys - whether single or double-breasted, it should be oversized, in a rounded tulip shape (rather than belted), and in a weighty wool fabric. Wear yours open and with the collar up velvet heels PS25 for extra attitude.

2 HERITAGE FABRIC COATS AFTER Balenciaga, Vetements, Stella McCartney and many other designers showed heritage checks on their AW17 catwalks, the high street followed suit (literally) and Pinterest saw a 75% rise in pins for check coats in September.

With blazers and trenches this cool, it's not hard to see why.

Traditional tartans and tweeds have been given a mannish spin this season - layer with other checks and fuzzy knits for cosy-cool vibes.

JACKETS ONCE the preserve of skiers and 3Puffer River Island RI Studio check piercing trim coat PS160; white slingback heels PS50 Alpine hikers, the puffer jacket has had a high-fashion makeover in recent years, and we couldn't be more happy, because these duvet-esque coats are insanely warm AND they look super stylish.

Pretty LittleThing yellow longline puffer PS55,littlething.

But be warned, this trend is not for shrinking violets - your sleeping bag jacket should be as big, bright and shiny as possible.

4 SHEARLING COATS SHEARLING is another trend that takes a traditional textile and gives it a digital-age update.

Ivy Park pewter bonded puffer jacket PS120, Topshop A faux shearling biker or flight jacket strikes the right balance - look for edgy leather and metal detailing, or plump for an usual colour choice, like pink or purple.

White jacket PSLasso jumper Smart trousers White Stuff.

New Look cream borg buckle trim flight jacket PS59.99, New Look 5 FUZZY COATS YOUR unlikely style icon for AW17? That'll be the Cookie Monster, because fluffy coats in technicolour hues are where it's at.

A short faux fur jacket is ideal for throwing on (or 'shoulder robing') for a night out, and outerwear this extravagant needs little by way of accessories.

Cath Kidston faux fur coat PS160, Cath Kidston For double the trend points? It's got to be a red fuzzy coat.

Daredevils PS278.94,

CAPTION(S):

Hobbs Tilda coat, PS299, hobbs.co.uk

Dorothy Perkins red double breasted coat PS65; red slash neck jumper PS24; black coated skinny jeans PS18.20 (currently reduced from PS26); black velvet heels PS25

River Island RI Studio check piercing trim coat PS160; white slingback heels PS50

Ivy Park pewter bonded puffer jacket PS120, Topshop

New Look cream borg buckle trim flight jacket PS59.99, New Look

Cath Kidston faux fur coat PS160, Cath Kidston

White Stuff nene jacket PS120; Lasso tie-front jumper PS55, Smart City trousers PS49.95, whitestuff.com

Pretty LittleThing yellow longline puffer jacket PS55,pretty littlething.com

Daredevils run jacket PS278.94, revolve.com

East wool check coat PS299; Merino striped dress PS139 (tights and boots, stylists own), east.co.uk
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 10, 2017
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