Buying the right coat this spring might just be one of the most important things you’ll do all year. Get it right, and you’ll tackle the tricky seasonal shift with ease. And – depending on your styling skills and the weather – you can wear a spring coat from now, right through to September or October. Did someone say investment purchase? From high street to high end, here’s our pick of the spring coats to buy right now..

Pastel Coats

 

best pastel coats spring 2014 Sugar pink, powder blue and primrose yellow: nothing says spring quite like soft pastel shades. Think of your pastel coat as an instant pick-me-up for your wardrobe. It’s key to steer clear of detailing when choosing your coat; trims or embellishment tend to make things look fussy rather than finished. Keep it sleek and go for oversized, minimal or retro-inspired styles.

 

 

The Biker

 

best biker jackets spring 2014A classic cover-up, this season the biker jacket has been given a new lease of life with new fabrics, textures and colours. Throw it on over a floral frock to add instant edge, or pair with tailored separates to dress down workwear ensembles.

 

The Statement Coat

 

best patterned spring coats 2014

Patterns, prints, lace and unusual knits: wear a coat with detail to make a statement this season. It might seem a little counter-intuitive to make the coat the star of the show, but it also makes getting dressed a breeze. Keep your outfit super simple and go with basics – the coat’s the main event. Genius.

 

The Sports Jacket

best bomber jackets spring 2014Over the past few seasons, the bomber jacket has cemented its place as a bonafide style staple, rivalling the blazer and biker in terms of versality. The luxe sportswear trend seems like it’s here to stay… Choose pastels, brights or patterns to add interest to the simple zip-up shape.

 

The Modern Trench

 

trench coats spring 2014

The trench: so far, so traditional. This season though, the trench takes on a more modern, laidback feel, leaving its elegant Parisienne roots behind. The new deconstructed trench is loose, effortless and made to be worn everywhere, with everything. Boyfriend jeans, office attire or an evening gown, this coat just looks so…. now.