Today, as a write about the must-have piece for autumn, it is, coincidentally, the first day of autumn.
Summer has come and gone, bringing on Autumn in full-force. It comes time to welcome the season where the leaves turn brown and begin to fall; the season that transforms the flora into a vibrancy of yellow, orange and red. The fact that red is a natural colour of autumn, it comes to no surprise, that red is the autumn season’s dominant colour trend. Red was seen everywhere on the fashion week catwalk – from Topshop to Fendi – cementing its status as ‘on-trend.’
While the shade is present in various pieces of clothing, it only took me a stroll on the high-street to recognise that it was most dominant in the form of a coat. The first red coat that I saw was from Primark. Admittedly, I sometimes have the same stereotypes about Primark that others do – unfashionable, cheap, bad quality, wear-once and falls apart – however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that these clothes were fashionable, (in fact, Primark’s new collection has since been praised in Glamour as well as Vogue) still cheap but surprisingly amazing quality. This is not to say that I do not like Primark. I may be guilty of stereotyping, however, I have always used Primark for basics, which are as the word suggests essentials. You can see why it came as such a surprise for me to not just need something from Primark – like my basics – but to actually want something from Primark. As the post suggests, that thing that I wanted was a red coat.
After buying this amazing coat and quite frankly, being astounded by how nice it was, I quickly noticed that this piece – the red coat – was on the mannequins in all shops. I figured quickly that this was definitely the must-have piece for this season. Why was it the must-have piece? Simply, because it was and is everywhere.
Personally, I am ecstatic that this is the ‘must-have’ piece this season. Why you may ask? Well…
- A coat is an outfit or can make an outfit… Essentially, you could wear your pyjamas underneath the coat and no one would know! If you have a nice coat, you do not have to stress too much about whats underneath it. At the same time, a coat is diverse as you can wear it from day to night.
- Its warm… There is nothing worse than a trend that is impractical. A coat is one of the most practical things you can own as it protects you from the elements and you can look great without trying too hard.
- Red is the colour of love… It is also the colour of power, prestige and fire. It is a colour that carries a multitude of meanings but most importantly, it is a colour that commands attention. If you want to command attention and make a statement then there is no better piece than a red coat.
- Red suits nearly everyone… I say nearly because I am certain that there are still individuals that would oppose my statement. I personally am yet to meet someone who does not suit red. So, why not play it safe with a colour that looks good on everyone!
- It does not cost a fortune… The Primark coat only costs 25 pounds. If you have ever bought a coat before you will know that they do not come cheap – mostly, this is because of the large amount of material that is used. It is extremely refreshing that the must-have piece is a one-time investment. It is not a ‘fad’ or something that you will not use again after this season. A coat never goes out of style, so why not go for a coat in a beautiful hue of red?
The question that some may ask is how to style the red coat. As mentioned earlier, a coat is a worthwhile purchase because it can be worn with so much or conversely, so little. A red coat would look fabulous with a simple outfit: a plain tee, black jeans and boots – an outfit that takes no time to put on but looks like effort was made. It is also important to note that you can swap boots or sneakers for heels with the aforementioned outfit to transform it into a night look.
On the other hand – perhaps for more fashion savvy individuals – you could wear the red coat with a dress. I chose a patterned dress from Zara. The dress in itself does not contain red but this is a testament to how easy it is to wear a red coat and make it look good. Also notice I wore matching red boots (also from Primark) with the coat to draw the outfit together.
If you are unsure on what colours to wear with red then think of complimentary colours (red and green) or conversely stick to black, brown and white as they match nearly every everything.
Below, including the Primark coat that I am wearing, are a few other red coats that I adore and would suggest purchasing.
(Primark only available in-store) Primark – Red Coat (£25) Primark – Red Boots (£14)
Evidently, the cheapest red coat is still Primark. However, retailers such as New Look offer a competitive alternative. Above illustrates some of the alternative red coats available depending on your price range or where you prefer to shop. Do keep in mind, however, that these are just a few of the many available on the high-street and online.
I hope you all have a happy autumn and I look forward to see you strutting around in a red coat!