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STYLING

HOW TO WEAR: LONG COATS FOR FW17

Choosing your winter coat is one of the more high pressure sartorial decisions you’ll make all year. Do you go for a classic cut that’ll see you right cold season after cold season (your fail-safe parkas, bombers and puffas)? Or something a bit more on-trend, that’ll have you turning city pavements into chilly concrete catwalks? If it’s the latter route you take, consider an ankle-scraping, extra-long overcoat — last seen sweeping its way through FW17 shows from the likes of Balenciaga, Dries van Noten and Martine Rose. Here are three ways to style one...
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Traditional patterns like tweed and Prince of Wales check have had the dust shaken off them this season and have been refreshed via some unlikely sartorial mash-ups. From Louis Vuitton to Gosha Rubchinskiy, designers have been dressing down old-school outerwear with modern sportswear styles — think hoodies, slogan sweats and full tracksuit get-ups.
 
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Contrast a retro check overcoat with futuristic neon via this graphic hoodie. Navy joggers with a side-stripe and crisp white Stan Smiths are a low-key accompaniment that will help the style-clash up top really pop.
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Print-clash cool

Sweeping around in a floor-grazing dark wool coat can get a bit gothic, especially now the nights have drawn in. Adding a couple of competing prints to the mix, along with a judicious splash of pastel color, will lighten the mood nicely, while maintaining the overall '80s art student vibe.
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Windowpane checks offer a subtler bit of surface detail, especially picked out in white on navy wool. Pair these with pin-stripes in the same palette down below for a laid-back print clash and add a pale pink graphic tee for a fresh accent. Finish with hi-top old-school basketball kicks and a cheeky turtleneck.
 
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Normcore nights

The camel trench coat is a cult classic for good reason. Worn as a lighter-weight transitional layer in recent years, this year’s take on the trench is a bulkier affair, more reminiscent of the style worn by movie private eyes and hitmen, like Alain Delon’s ice-cold Le Samouraï.

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Leave the fedora at home for FW17, and belt your trench over some ultra-casual straight-leg jeans and dad sneakers for a normcore version of the classic cover-up. Keep things cozy with forest-green knit underneath and add a white half-zip for an extra level of layering.

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