If you're looking to invest in an elegant, classic coat that you will wear for decades, then you can't beat a beige coat. The camel coat has long been a wardrobe hero, however, for a more expensive-looking, luxurious option, try taking it a few shades lighter. Many of the most beautiful coats of the season come in soft shades of buttermilk, oatmeal and stone.
The most aspirational options are wool structured iterations by Max Mara and Joseph, though we also love Loewe's lighter cashmere jacket and Chloé's buttery leather blazer-style coat. On the high street, John Lewis's stone-coloured double-breasted crombie coat is a no-brainer. Admittedly, this isn't an every day, wear-in-the-rain coat (it won't look so chic with puddle stains splashes and unexplained stains), but for a smarter option, this is an option that is resistant to fleeting trends.
It’s hard for me to pinpoint the exact moment I began to covet the downy softness of a nubby faux shearling sweaters. But sometime within the last year my aesthetic preferences have begun to shift from “gothic grandma” towards “overgrown, li