As often happens in fashion, the least practical items are usually the most appealing. Thankfully with high street prices you can forgive yourself the indulgence, especially with pieces as irresistably retro as this Rebecca Box Coat from Monsoon.
If you are chasing a classic look without paying out big cash, this Uniqlo double-breasted trench coat could be for you.
Available in three colours and with one eye on the autumnal weather, this trench has all the details you would expect, including double-breasted fastening, epaulettes, belted cuffs and a belted waist. Looks to be a quilted lining in there too, which you might appreciate when it gets a little chilly.
£109.90 is the asking price online.
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Frustratingly, some of the best winter coats (for men at least) are also the most expensice. As this Crombie British Army Green Authentic Great Coat demonstrates. But all might not be lost.
It certainly is a stunning item, an authentic recreation of a World War II military coat from the Crombie archive, originally supplied to the War Office for officers of the armed forces.
This slim-fitting coat is packed full of detail, including handcrafted chalk-filled brass buttons that feature the Crombie crest and raw wool cloth discovered in a mill in Yorkshire which is 'faithfully replicated in military hues'. £795 is the price right now, but Crombie is known for generous sales, so one to keep an eye on over the coming days.
Find out more at the Crombie website
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Military influence in fashion has been rehashed from season to season of late, with each new incarnation bringing more outlandish fodder. Among the hyper-modern, however, remains some military pieces which rely on a more classic approach, like this Piped Military Coat from Dorothy Perkins.
The coat is available in a range of four classic shades from khaki to camel, in a wool blend fabric that is both rich and affordable. The funnel neck design adds a feminine sixties look, while brass-look buttons on double breasted detailing retains the uniform inspiration. Adding flap pockets at the hips cleverly creates feminine shape from era-fitting detail.
It's now available, exclusively online, from Dorothy Perkins for £99.
A lot of pea coats on the market right now, but this Farhi by Nicole Farhi Prince of Wales check double-breasted overcoat offers something just a little more substantial.
It's a classic overcoat in an equally classic charcoal Prince of Wales check wool mix, with that double breasted button front fastening, a notch collar and two front pockets, along with three-button cuffs and a single rear vent. It's also fully lined with two interior pockets.
Available online, it sells for £349.
Whether you call it a pea coat or a reefer coat, this Gloverall four-pocket naval reefer coat (as it's officially titled) is a nice example, standing out amongst the glut of such coats on the market right now.
It's a classic, a slightly more substantial variation on the theme from the famed clothing brand, featuring a notch lapel, two front slip pockets, two front flap pockets and a double breasted anchor button front fastening. The coat also has a single rear vent, one interior slip pocket and is fully lined.
All of that retails online for £225.
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