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Saturday, 18 November 2017

In Praise Of The Plain Wool Coat

Zara tweed dress with pleated hem
So, you're walking along and spot a floral tapestry jacket in a shop window.  It's designed with a gorgeous print, gold thread, cropped fit and... will let you freeze to death.  Then there's the drop dead gorgeous, brightly coloured coats that we 'invest' in and then dread wearing too often in fear of outfit-repeating.  Guilty.  With this in mind, it's so great to see so many trends now working in our wardrobes' favour; teddy bear coats that actually keep you warm, shearling biker jackets that bring all the style while withstanding winter weather, and even faux furs in more neutral/wearable shades.  But what about wool coats?  They're everywhere, but tend not to catch our eye while shopping. You know the type; longer length, wool mix, no fuss, no frills.  And yet after purchasing, we end up wearing. every. damn. day.  Now that's an investment piece...
UK Fashion blogger photoshoot with cute cat
Zara Black Faux Fur 3 in 1 City Bag
Fashion blog styling a khaki wool coat in winter



Coat - Zara

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Adorable curled up black and white cat
Fashion Blogger styling head to toe Zara outfit
Okay, so I'm biased.  I love khaki.  But other brilliant neutral options to consider when picking a 'plain' wool coat include black, camel, brown and grey.  The type to contribute a lot to a look, without detracting from whatever else is going on with the outfit.  I've lost count of how many times I've reached for my plain wool coats, particularly the khaki Zara beauty featured in this post, as well as this timeless camel coat shared back at the beginning of Autumn.  Yeah, I'm definitely praising plain wool coats right now to whoever will listen!  They're the unsung heroes of our winter wardrobes, right?!  Thankfully, there are tons of gorgeous options around.  Short, midi, maxi.  Wool, wool-mix,  wool cashmere.  Double-breasted, belted, funnel neck, wraparound collar...

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Fashion blogger styling khaki wool coat in winter
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Zara tweed and pleated hem affordable short dress
Fashion blogger styling perfect khaki wool coat
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on wool coats in the comments below.  Do you have a favourite plain wool coat and if so, where did you pick it up from?  Let me know!

Have a fabulous weekend!  

With love,

Gabrielle x

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55 comments

  1. What a lovely coat! I couldn't agree more, the wool coats are always saving us from cold. To be honest I really like the teddy bear coats but I did not bought myself one because I think they will be soon out of style like next year for example, something else will come along. But wool coats are always on trend and they will always be. So far I have a dark navy coat similar as yours from Zara and a camel wool coat from Other stories. You look great and the little cat does too :) Have a lovely weekend beauty !

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  2. That coat is so classic and gorgeous and I really like how you paired it with the dress, I saw it in Zara the other day! Great pictures too!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  3. I don't own a wool coat yet but I can see myself investing in one in the future.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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  4. I just bought one and I agree so much! Wearing it every day.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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  5. Nothing like finding the perfect wool coat!!! I have bought one this year from Stradivarius and I wore it every single day as you said haha :P

    Hope you are having a great weekend!!!

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

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  6. Love this look, especially your coat and cute bag !
    Have a wonderful weekend! :D
    Olivia <3
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  7. The top and the skirt look great; very elegant yet fashionable.

    ANOUK

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  8. Oh that bag is such a beaut! I totally agree, I have a grey wool coat that I wear over and over it's such a staple! It's often the more understated things in my wardrobe that I turn to the most!
    Amy xx
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  9. You are so right, woolen coats really an investment! For example I have a black woolen dufflecoat since years - and still wear it with pleasure! And other coats like my Iceberg coat with the blue and orange fur reminds me on what you described above :) I like your woolen coat and what you wear under the coat, too! Lovely cat btw!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  10. I'm sorry but I got completely distracted by the dress! I love the tweed detailing, I've saved it to my favourites :) I love the coat too, I won't be able to pull it off as nicely as you, but I'll definitely keep an eye out for something similar as it's such a classy piece xx

    Velvet Blush

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  11. nice! love how the dress seems to be two pieces!
    have a lovely day!
    S

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  12. This is a great post for me right now Gabrielle as I'm currently on the hunt for my winter coat! I'm definitely guilty of opting for chic stylish jackets but this year I'm determined to go for an investment piece and the humble wool coat may just be the one!

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  13. That does look like such a warm coat, and it will go with so much! :)

    I agree - there are a lot of pretty but impractical pieces out there! I have a trench coat in camel and I've had it years, it's my go-to winter coat. Not cold enough here to need anything with wool for winter!

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend :) Cold and wet here, a bit unexpected after our warm week!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  14. I can say that I love everything for this outfit! Even the cat :D
    Dasynka
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  15. iom go gomkekfleqnlkejrk
    omg omg omg a CAT!!!!!
    I LOVE CATS

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  16. That bag is gorgeous!! Although I'm a little addicted to anything with faux fur at the moment x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

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  17. Perfect wool coat! I used to own one I got from my sister when I lived in Chicago but left in behind when I moved back to Southern California =o)

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  18. Definitely agree with your introduction, I like the fact that this year, the A/W trends also happen to be quite practical and warm! Love this wool coat (and I'm always happy to see a cat)!

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  19. I love a wool coat! While my faux fur ones are a bit more exciting, it's my wool camel coat that goes with everything and gets worn pretty much every day. Loving the khaki on you. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  20. I love your coat, it's lovely and it really suits you! The green looks great on you and it looks warm too! Such an adorable cat!!

    Much love,
    Marianne x https://mariannesophia.com/

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  21. As much as I love trendy coats hitting the shops, I know that nothing will beat a classic wool one. I have a camel one which has been serving me well for the past few years. It is a true investment piece.

    Her Style Hive

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  22. Wow, you look lovely xxx
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  23. This is so cute and perfect!
    Amazing outfit!
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  24. Sometimes simple styles are better, I love that wool coat!

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  25. It's so cold and I don't know why I still haven't bought myself a wool coat. This one is so nice!

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  26. I love teddy bear coats. I brought a pink one for winter a few months but ended up returning it because I didn't think I would get much use out of it (mostly because of the colour). That would have to be my biggest fashion regret of the year. Having returned that piece. Sigh.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  27. The colour is so pretty, dear! xoxo

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  28. Fantastic styling babe!
    Love all the details.

    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

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  29. Such a nice coat but I love love love the dress! So gorgeous!

    Have a great start to your week

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  30. That thing you said at the beginning about being drawn to 'statement' coats that you then dont wear too often for fear of outfit-repeating...that is exactly me! I am awful for it, not just with coats but with everything. Thank god I bought a long grey coat in a similar style to this last year, it's been a lifesaver. LOVE that bag too! xx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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  31. I have a khaki wool coat from Burberry that's similar to this and I love it. I agree that a wool coat is a must for Winter!

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  32. I'm so in love with your coat! It is gorgeous! :)


    X Merel
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  33. Totally love this outfit! I love the coat but I love the top too!

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  34. Plain wool coats are definitely a staple in my autumn/winter wardrobe.
    Love your outfit!

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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  35. The cat photo is so adorable !
    I love your top so much, perfect for the season !
    xx,
    Margot
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  36. I love all the elements in this outfit! The coat is genius but so are the boots and that bag is magical. Love how you styled the outfit and embraced a fierce fall vibe too. Have a lovely week Gabrielle! Xx

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  37. Plain wool is just so wearable and so classic. Too cute on you girl!

    xo,

    H

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  38. It's an excellent investment piece Gabrielle. Love the style and color. I have several. Mainly from Talbots. I don't get to wear them much, because it stays warm here. LOL
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  39. Your outfit is so cute! You look amazing :) xx

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  40. well. I think that all those trends are nice, cool and fun to try, but a good wool coat is forever!!! The others are just shopping for fun (maybe with a bit of guilty sometimes), but a classic tailored coat is really an investiment!
    I have the same of you from Zara in olive green, but since now I still didn't had the chace to wear, since it still pretty warm here! Can't wait to show it off too! :D
    You look beautiful, girl!
    XO
    S
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  41. this is such a classy look! I love the fur detail!

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  42. Can't beat a great quality wool coat. It's one of the best investments xx

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  43. I do love a good statement coat, but I have to agree with you here. Basic wool coats are a must! I admittedly haven't had one in years, and I've definitely run into the outfit repeating issue. I need a basic coat. Thanks for the reminder lol. Have a lovely week Gabrielle!

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  44. Oh I agree.. I have a black one and I love the way it looks

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  45. I love finding a classic wool coat, and I'm loving this one...the style is absolutely beautiful!

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  46. Super cute outfit,I love your boots
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  47. Great look!

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  48. I love your coat. It's very lovely and it really suits you! Such a classy look. You just look beautiful overall hun! xo

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  49. I struggle to find anything that I like in Zara these days, so it's nice to see beautiful pieces from there in a pretty, timeless outfit! You could never stress enough the fact that plain coats are a real investment. Picking the right quality and the right design can get you a statement coat for years!

    Julia x
    www.juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  50. Looking so beautiful, Gab! Your hair is amazing!!!!
    Have a wonderful thanksgiving!
    Much love, Len
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    XO

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  51. Love the look dear. That wool coat is simply elegant, love how you paired it with the pitch black over-the-knee boots too, really brings out the texture and color of other pieces in your outfit.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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