Code Red: The Best Coats at Paris Fashion Week

 

Code Red: The Best Coats at Paris Fashion Week

by Claire Stemen

santillo-mainMaybe I have a lot in common with your average bull, but my eyes caught a lot of red at Paris Fashion Week.

A fantastic choice of color for a coat, not only for its commanding presence, but also for its longevity. I don’t know of a time where the red coat was ever “out.” While the a classic shape for the striking outerwear is an economically smart decision, should you feel the need to be extra eye-catching, this season’s take on the classic hue can inspire:

Andrew Gn

Andrew Gn

Regis Colin Berthelier / NOWFASHION

Not only is this coat the perfect pair to my earlier “running of the bulls” metaphor with its matador-esqe detail, it builds onto a classic shape. Not necessarily the most daring option out there, the detail is what distinguishes it — piping, double-breasted buttons, and the fur collar for instance — and elevates your winter wear from the thousands of other black, beige, and brown coats on the street.

 
Balenciaga

Balenciaga

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Somebody saw “Hotline Bling.” I have nothing against the classic puffy coat; in fact, I think it’s the most reasonable option, especially with biting wind and low temperatures. It doesn’t have to be a lazy piece reminiscent of eighties and nineties skiwear, as the styling here proves. Though, tossing it off of one’s shoulders requires a warm sweater, lest the whole raison d’être of such a garment be disregarded.

 
Saint-Laurent

Saint Laurent

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For those who dare to make unconventional style choices, this Saint-Laurent coat is here to jumpstart your creative juices. Reminiscent of a fluffy heart, the raised shoulders and fur material are sure to keep cruel winter winds far from your vitals. That, and you’d certainly stand out in a crowd. This is the running vest for fashionistas; you can bet drivers and bikes will see you. Safety first.

 
Barbara Bui

Barbara Bui

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Dogtooth is a classic pattern, especially for coats. It’s safe, almost neutral in black and white, and usually smaller than the pattern on this Bui coat. Which is precisely what makes this one so appealing; it’s a fun play on a classic with the added bonus of warmth via the woolen lining and its material. And for those who enjoy mixing patterns; its Scottish and nearly punkish vibes are prime ingredients for an interesting fusion.

 
Wanda Nylon

Wanda Nylon

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This one’s a bit of a wildcard, seeing as it’s a raincoat. Not every cold day is snowy or mere wind, but occasionally rainy. Rather than looking like a drowned rat in one’s trusty, but likely less stylish, raincoat, this option is a total win for when the sky is dumping buckets of water on you. And, if the wet-hair look remains, that’s a double win, should you forget your umbrella.

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With love,

FWO

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