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The six transitional coats from Selfridges that will still look fresh in winter, guaranteed

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From lightweight trench coats to warm and fuzzy faux furs, these are transitional coats that go the distance

Much like when you pull on your tights for the first time in the year (saying goodbye to your bare legs for the next six months in the process), buying an autumn or winter coat can too often feel like a final admission of defeat. It’s a sartorial acceptance that the sun’s days are numbered, to be replaced with ruddy cheeks, frizzy hair and temperatures that have you hugging your own arms in an act of self defence. But this year, there's a change in the air – an optimism if you will. For this season, women’s transitional coats aren’t just signalling the end of the previous season but are instead motioning in an exciting new time for outerwear. Women's coats sections are no longer a sea of brown and black (though there’s plenty of investment pieces to be had here too) but are awash with cheer-inducing colour, huggable textures and curious shapes that have us welcoming winter with open arms. And coat sections don’t come much better than Selfridges, who have curated the very best high street to high end offerings in order to help us find a transitional coat that will navigate us through autumn, and well into winter too. Classic lightweight women’s trenches will serve you just as well as trending retro teddy coats – it’s all about picking styles that look current without feeling too flash-in-the-pan. Here’s our pick of the transitional women’s coats from Selfridges to buy now, wear now and all next year as well. 
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1. Check out the competition

Boxy, big-shouldered blazers in bold check prints were integral to the new season collections, which is all well and good until the temperatures plummet and you’re left out in the cold. That’s why we’re rating this Claudie Pierlot check coat – it has all the indicators of this season’s best blazers, with added bulk and length so you can absolutely wear it all through winter. Line this up with your white cowboy boots when overcast days hit. 

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2. Keep it under wraps

Defy the winter bulk and reclaim your waistline with a wrap coat that cinches at the crucial midpoint for maximum figure flattery. This season’s best varieties will put some colour in your cheeks for good measure – think shocking shades of orange, pink or magenta, as seen on this Harris Wharf wrap trench coat. Made in Italy from pure wool, this longline winter coat comes with all the expected details of a trench but reimagined in a vibrant colourway for a modern edge.

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3. Give a ted talk

Cosy collared and irresistible to the touch, this season’s most talked about teddy coats are the closest thing in your wardrobe to a hug. Make use of the extra snug throughout autumn with bare legs and boots, before making the switch to all over comfort with corduroy trousers and high neck knitwear.

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4. Cool up your camel coat

The ultimate in buy now, wear forever, the camel coat is a core component of the modern female wardrobe. But sometimes, playing it safe can get a bit stale which is why this season we’re giving the definitive grown-up coat some added cool factor with a strong shouldered silhouette. Max Mara are the word when it comes to camel coats, so you’re know you’re in safe hands with the Arona. In virgin wool, it’s timeless and plush whilst that drop shoulder adds slouch to a tailored classic which feels irreverent and cool.

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5. Go with the faux

Perennially at the top of our wish list is a chic, faux fur coat from Shrimps. And whilst leopard or traditional brown mink-esque styles are our usual forte, we can’t resist the unadulterated magic of the Aidan. It’s like wearing a fairytale. The label interpreted the theme of love for ‘The Romance Collection’, which included this faux fur number. There’s a heart charm and red roses alongside a frog, banana or the occasional seal. Yes, it’s unusual but we defy you not to feel exhilarated when wearing it.

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6. Add a slick of gloss

High shine leather! PVC! Vinyl! Patent trenches and the like are still going strong for the season, from classic bin bag black to trending snake print finishes. This one from Balmain is one of our favourites – it completely transforms your morning dog-walking parka into a bonafide fashion week piece. You can still wear it on your dog walk if you feel like upgrading it to catwalk status, but it works just as well with a blazer and jeans for the office too. 

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