Wishlist: the best modern & repro vintage style outerwear from AW15 so far

I felt like last year was a let-down for outerwear – I spent months searching the new ranges and ended up buying a Hell Bunny design that had been out for a long while (you can see it here). It appeared to me that every fashion designer in the world was going out of their way to create coats I didn’t like or really wouldn’t suit me… which I’m sure was exactly what was happening.
The high street still doesn’t seem able to shake off the 70s, which quite frankly I was over before it even began, but I do feel like there are a few more coats I like the look of this time around from both modern shops and, of course, my favourite repro brands. Enough to create a whole wishlist, in fact.
Most of these, of course, won’t fit me as I am so small that every shoulder, sleeve and hem has to be taken in and by the time you’ve done that you may as well have commissioned a bespoke coat, it’s so expensive. But I can dream…
1950s style fit and flare coats with fur collars autumn winter 2015
Starting with my favourite, the fit and flare, 50s-style shaped coat. There is a bit of an imposter in here as number 2 clearly isn’t the proper 50s length, but I love the big fur collar and the belt so much it made it in. I wish all of these coats had belts, actually – they’re so useful for making you look neat when you’re bulked up with 102 layers underneath. Obviously, from my above choices, I strongly feel a coat is much improved with (faux) fur… but it’s even better if it’s got a built-in cape! That Collectif coat is straight from my fantasies. There’s no way on earth it’d fit me and would be expensive to alter with all the fur trim, but if they ever did a petite version I’d buy it quicker than you can blink.
1960s style shift coats from autumn winter 2015
Ever since I found my 60s-inspired coat in a sale last year, I’ve become quite fond of them. They often come in pretty colours and look like stylish mini-dresses when worn with some thick tights and knee boots. The high necks keep you warm too. There’s some cute newcomers on the scene this year and my favourite has to be the Lulu coat – that shade of pink is beautiful and it comes in a lovely teal and minky colour too. The only thing it lacks is a fur collar, but if I got really desperate there’s always add-ons…
Vintage inspired jackets from autumn winter 2015
2. King Louie ‘Loretta Coat Soho’ (£103) – there’s also a £30 Missguided version
I always think jackets are much harder to find cute vintage designs in new styles. For some reason, they often seem to be overlooked. I would love a selection of cropped jackets that are warm and I can wear with my big skirts. Often, leather jackets are a good compromise because they do tend to be quite short in the body, hence there’s two in my picks here. That mint green jacket is such a great colour, I think it could easily be styled ‘vintage’ as it doesn’t look much like the traditional biker type. And the black one has fur. I think we’re all getting by this point that if something has a fur collar I want it. Special mention for the more mod style Topshop jacket though – I haven’t seen one like this in a high street shop before. Pink suede is probably the stuff of cleaning nightmares, but oh, so pretty. And as for that leopard jacket, it’s the quality version of the Missguided one I’ve linked to which has just snuck onto my coatrack…
Anyone else got their eye on an amazing coat?


  1. October 4, 2015 / 9:24 am

    Your totally right about a fur collar, can't get enough of them. I love the pastel shades too, not sure I'm neat enough to go for it though, hot chocolate seems to leap out of my Starbucks cup on to lighter shades quicker than I blink!

    • October 4, 2015 / 9:38 am

      Maybe carry around a protective dark scarf you can drape stylishly across at such times… ok, it's basically acting as a bib, but I use this trick a lot and it works a dream 😉

  2. October 4, 2015 / 11:29 am

    I did a coat wishlist last year before I settled on the Hell Bunny one we both share. I'd love a winter cape but money is so tight this year.

    • October 4, 2015 / 6:32 pm

      I got really lucky with a cape in the Collectif sale at the start of the year! I almost included capes here, but there weren't enough I liked the looks of…

  3. October 4, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    I adore all your picks! I like a coat that at least skims my hips. Helps keep the cold out but that last black jacket with the fur collar reminds me of a forties bomber jacket, which has been on my wish list for a couple of years.
    The scarf trick with a light coat… Good tip!!!

    • October 4, 2015 / 6:34 pm

      You're quite right, that jacket is a bit 40s bomber! I thought there was something about it… I'd really quite like it! Ha, I have many tricks that allow me to get away with dropping stuff down myself 😉

  4. October 4, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    I want all of the flare coats! I got a beautiful vintage red with fur collar shift coat the other day for like $30 the other day. I "need" a black and a navy flare coats though. 🙂

    • October 4, 2015 / 6:35 pm

      I've got a navy flare coat that I've basically worn to death. It needs some extensive patching up now in fact as most of the buttons have pinged off (awful ASOS quality). But it is testament to how useful I find it – it goes with so much!

  5. October 4, 2015 / 6:08 pm

    I love those fit and flare styles, very cute! I think #4 is probably my favorite – very simple and classic, but I can picture it classing up just about any outfit.
    I might keep an eye out for a good coat, but I've already go three pretty good ones to keep me warm. I would like to find a princess style coat with a belt, though, if I can get one for a decent price.

    • October 4, 2015 / 6:36 pm

      I'm in complete agreement – 4 is my favourite too! It would be so easy to wear with almost anything – I love grey for that. I've amassed a bit of a coat collection recently – but then, I spend most of the year wearing one and in some buildings in this country it's too cold to take it off, so it figures I should have as many as dresses, right?! Shame they're so expensive…

  6. October 5, 2015 / 8:39 am

    Oh man there are not enough months in a year that allow me to wear a coat :'( I look forward to seeing what coats you end up wearing this season!

    • October 5, 2015 / 12:41 pm

      If there was any way to swap with you, I'd do it in a heartbeat! After 29 years of wearing coats for 80% of the year, I am SO over them!!

  7. October 5, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    There's a bit of a coat obsession in our household!! We keep buying them, mainly second-hand of course, but every now and then I'll splurge on a gorgeous vintage style like that Collectif cape style, and end up having to send it back because the arms are too short…

    This summer I bought a blue Monsoon boucle coat, a pink more '60s style one for Spring, a white shearling jacket (up in an few weeks in an outfit post), a red trench and probably a few more I've forgotten about and will find when I next go up the attic!

    You know the F&F belted coat you have in like a beige and I have in black, they've reissued it this year in the most gorgeous Autumn green.

    I think we just have to embrace coats in this country, and so it's a good thing to have lots of them so you don't get bored with them!!


    • October 7, 2015 / 12:21 pm

      I think I'm single-handedly buying all the coats my household could ever need – if B starts doing it too we're going to be in real trouble! I wish I could give you some of the length on the coat sleeves I ALWAYS have to shorten…

      Your coat buys sound very exciting! I can't wait to see them all. I did know that re F&F – at least, it's quite similar but the collar looks a bit wider? Fortunately for my coat rack they're not making any petite sizes of seemingly anything this year, so it's not an option for me… I find F&F comes up giant even IN petite. Hope for you though 😉


  8. October 6, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    So true!!! I too feel that way about the overwhelming majority of modern coats. From Sept to (at least) Feb we see them filling page after page after page of most fashion magazines, yet few ever speak to me, even if I was pretending that money was no option. Since my teen years the vast majority of my coats have been vintage, most princess coats, as they're the most flattering style for my body. I'd like to give a repro one a go some time though, if only to compare the two. Hell Bunny and Banded's offerings would be contender here for me on that front. I'm not shopping for a coat this winter, but perhaps if a good end of the season sale comes along… 🙂

    Thanks for this delightful, really well put together post, sweet dear. Hard to believe we're practically into heavy coat weather season again!

    ♥ Jessica

    • October 7, 2015 / 12:23 pm

      I really don't like this 'oversize' trend that's been around the last few years. When you're petite, a giant coat that looks like you're wearing something of your dad's isn't the best look.

      I feel like we're going to be in coat season very quickly over here – our brief sunny spell seems to have come to an end now! x

    • October 7, 2015 / 12:24 pm

      I'm glad there's some love for the 60s ones too 🙂 I feel like they can be so fun and such great colours! x

  9. October 15, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    I just bookmarked that Collectif coat (60's shift coat #3) the other day! I wish it came in a true blue though! I've been dreaming of a true blue a-line 60's coat lately! <3

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