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KAREN MATIC, POLWARTH DESIGN

The indicator of a well-balanced wardrobe is always a fabulous coat. Timeless and quintessential, it’s the one ‘no fuss’ garment that completes any outfit, with standout results every time. Nonchalantly tossed on minutes before leaving the house, topped with a ‘wow’ scarf and deadly ankle boots, you and ‘this old thing’ can effortlessly give the impression that you’ve just stepped out of Vogue.

In balmy Northland, warmer winter temperatures scream light weight cardigans and jackets, rather than coats. So for committed coat wearers it’s a waiting game. Just like the frantic time line of a May Fly, you wait in anticipation of those few glorious southerly blasts, that send you racing to the wardrobe to ‘coat up’. A small window away from our regular weather patterns, yes, but gloriously vicious for all coat enthusiasts.

In the long run of winter, choosing a coat in Northland, unlike our colder counterparts, can be a little trickier, although Jack Frost does visit, we don’t have the long term dependency on them for warmth. Therefore we can focus on style. Funky, cheeky, edgy little numbers that ping colour, are lighter weight and fun to wear, or the timeless classic creations in cashmere, merino or gabardine, grazing the ankle or knee length, double breasted or belted, that just keep on keeping on.

Sabatini historically tops the bill for coats. Famous for their ‘collector piece’ creations, they tick the ‘classic’ box this year with their tailored merino ankle length coat, with revere collar, deep pockets and a tie belt. The return of their leather bomber jacket has highlighted the return of leather to our fashion plate.

Go to coats don’t have to cost a fortune. Siren’s fabulous 100% merino hooded, calf length coat, with back tie and pockets in red, chartreuse, current and black is my ‘throw over everything’ number this year and at under $200 it’s an absolute steal. The ‘I Say’ knitted coat in blocks of cinnamon, black and cream defy the stripes going round theory, giving the wearer an edgy option.

Enjoy the choices that the cold snaps give you this winter to challenge your style decisions. Coats can be such fun and need to be aired, so you can step out of Vogue.

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