Jumping right on the AW12 designer trend of ‘blockbuster’ coats, high street retailers are now offering similar intriguing, eye-catching pieces at much more budget-friendly prices. Zara, the Spanish fashion giant, present their own muted, sleek version of the statement overcoat.
The dark navy coat features a boxy, knee-length shape and is worn sans-belt, thus accentuating your height and creating a stronger silhouette for those with a smaller frame. With its clean lines, the coat perfectly sets off any smart, refined outfit. The modern twist on this overcoat comes from the buttons on the front, which run down slightly diagonally, creating an interesting asymmetrical look. This playful asymmetry is complimented by a small zipper on the right side of the front.
Other details include an asymmetric shawl collar, lined with a more vibrant shade of navy, and a collar underlined with faux leather. This small detail at the back of the collar is perfect for the colder winter days, when you can pop it up to protect your neck from the elements – and at the same time, brings another interesting focal point to your attire.
The coat is made of 35% wool and 41% cotton, making it the perfect transitional piece from fall to winter, and even spring. The back features a split-yoke, a center vent and “princess” seams, carefully following the contour of your back, ensuring a proper fit. It is also fully lined.
The Zara Coat with Faux Leather Collar is versatile enough to be worn at both casual and formal events, but just keep in mind that immediately smartens up your whole appearance, so you have to keep the rest of your outfit on point.
The dark, classic color ensures the overcoat’s appeal for many years to come, and retailing at just £149, it is definitely an affordable option for those looking to make a statement with their outerwear.