Layering has never been this cool before.
If you’ve been keeping a tab on those trend charts, from the fashion week that just went by, to the latest influencer-propelled trends of the year, it’s common knowledge that anything outerwear is SO hot right now. From bombers to fur coats, seems like there’s no piece of outer clothing really that you can go wrong with this year.
We combed through the most popular outerwear trends from the Fall 2016 & ‘17 runways – there’s everything from puffers to patent leather jackets and artful furs coming up – and we lined up our fave celebs flaunting them for some instant style inspo. Remember – when the temperatures start to drop, coat up in these fuzzy toppers!
The Long Parka
What do Rihanna, Kate Moss, Olivia Palermo, Anna Dello Russo, Cara Delevingne have in common? Aside from being amazingly gorgeous women, they’re also currently big parka fans – especially of the latest edition of outerwear from cult parka label Mr & Mrs Italy (Chiara Ferragni wears one here). The easy mix of an ultra-casual, throw-it-on U.S. Army silhouette along with a fuzzy lining of soft fur to keep you snuggly and stylish at the same time.
All kinds of parkas are showing up on sidewalks everywhere – clearly, it’s a great functionality + style combo to reckon with.
The Puffer Coat
It really is the time for outdoorsy people to shine, isn’t it? For example, we bet you can whip up an outfit du jour from a few pieces off a skier’s wardrobe. And since we’re speaking of skiers’ wardrobes, we’re delighted to say the good old puffer is going to be soaking up whatever little sun we’re going to be having soon. They’re finally cool!
But besides down feathers and high-tech insulation, this season's styles go from sleek like Hailey Baldwin’s black puffer to Cara’s shoulder-topper and Rihanna’s almost zorb-sized monster.
The Camel Coat
Debatably the sartorial gift of the Kardashians – especially nude-loving Kim K who adopted the sophisticated silhouette in the classic hue a while ago during her post-Kanye style makeover – women seem to refuse to leave the camel coat behind along with ghosts of trends past.
Instead, this classic piece has secured a place in the closets of every elegant fashionista today – from Ciara to Gigi, threading through the wardrobes of women with the most diverse styles.
The Satin Duster
We all have those days when we need something to top off the look with, but nothing too heavy that will get in the way of comfort. The most elegant solution? A satin duster coat. Light and airy, yet with the ability dress up any look, your fancy bathrobes just got a style upgrade.
Best way to wear it? With monotones beneath. Whether all nude like Chrissy wears here, or all black underneath like Rosie, it makes sense to keep the outfit below as casual as jeans and a tee, to the max. But of course, you do you.
Another offshoot of the lingerie/pajama trend, the kimono is the probably the first thing that comes to mind when you say super roomy yet super glam. Whether it’s a pink silk dream in a floral print featuring birds and fauna right off of a Japanese artwork, or a slouchy, embellished and tassel-y cover up, the style gives room to explore and display colours, textures, patterns and embellishment like no other canvas.
Kim K tops off her full sheer nude high neck bodycon outfit with a cream printed kimono, Vanessa Hudgens looks Coachella-ready in that tasselled dream and Queen Bey couldn’t care less to put on anything more than jeans and a tee, but the kimono still elevated the outfit to pap-worthy standards.
The Denim Jacket
Denim has been a perennial favourite in pretty much anybody’s wardrobe, from celeb to pleb, but this year, the denim craze has reached new levels. Scroll through the Instagram of any stylista worth her salt today, and you’ll probably be able to create a denim look book for each one of them. Oversized denim jackets, dad jeans, denim bombers with patches, denim with fur, denim sandals, head-to-toe denim, denim nails (!) – denim is in an exciting place right now.
A few denim trend to try: Vintage-inspired jeans, wide-leg and boot-cut hems, and white, ivory and sand-colour Jeans instead of the good ol’ blue.
The Oversized Hoodie
With brands like Vetements, Yeezy, Tommy Hilfiger and Supreme really feeling the whole sweatshirt vibe on the runway, it’s no surprise that our favourite go-to style is currently headlining fashion news. We also have young Hollywood to thank for it – everyone from Kylie Jenner to Taylor Hill basically live in these, making them going-out clothes as good as any dress.
Kylie even has a line of full-of-attitude sweatshirts with her signature photograph, fire print ad ‘think!’ sweat suit, only to rival Kanye’s Season 5 collection full of velvet and velour sweats style. The Tommy X Gigi collection was full of statement-making logo emblazoned stuff, and the Thrasher merch only gets more popular every day.
The Longline Overcoat
Since we are unapologetically obsessed with the camel coat, thanks to its ability of easily matching denim, evening wear, and everything in between, there’s a whole world of long coats that are receiving their due attention currently.
Although less furry than the New York Fashion Week creations, long and relatively loose coats were popular at the London shows of ready-to-wear designers. DAKS, Eudon Choi, Huishan Zhang and Pringle of Scotland all featured coats of the kind, often finished in tartan, or monochrome or graphic prints.
The great thing about a coat is not only its long payoff, but also the possibility of playing with the looks – a classic muted one like Olivia Palermo’s or fun prints like Blake Lively’s.
The Patent Leather Trench Coat
For unseasonably warm winter days (too cold for a jacket, too hot for a wool coat), take a note from Isabel Marant circa the Spring/Summer show last year. A patent trench will offer you more warmth than its lightweight counterpart, without breaking you out into a sweat, and plus, it’s a sure fire way to nail the strong, sexy look.
Anna Dello Russo looks like a red hot fashion trend waiting to blow up, and Kris Jenner looks cooler than Batman, so that’s saying something.
The Faux Fur Coat
When the weather is dull and drab out, there’s nothing like faux fur to make a fun statement. And since this is 2017, dressed down your faux fur, probably with some mom jeans and sneakers, is the general direction to take.
Fur was everywhere for Fall—from Gucci’s Pepto-pink fox chubby to Dries Van Noten’s faux leopard capes, the list goes on and on. This year, they got the statement-making treatment, with color-blocked squares, playful intersecting lines, and bold windowpane grids. Fur stoles too are making their way back in style thanks to designers like Monse.
Some ways to wear fur: Drape fur capes on the diagonal or attach it to your lapel as a cozy faux collar, layer a leather jacket underneath a shag coat for a doubled-up look, or wear a teddy bear coat like Kendall’s here to liven up a casual outfit.
The Classic Trench Coat
This classic style has been around for decades, and its effortless elegance never seems to go out of style. But if you have long eschewed the piece in favour of just about anything else, this season’s iterations will definitely excite you to a second thought – an off the shoulder version courtesy Opening Ceremony, the trench dress at Joseph, and a splashed with graphic details, like a Red Valentino number on the runway.
But are there any news ways to wear this wardrobe stable than it has been worn before? Take a cue from these celebs – off shouldered, worn as a trench dress, or just slouched on the shoulder – the trench is now more about attitude than utility.
The Military/Camo Jacket
Oh look, it’s the good old camo back to get its due in the limelight. The military print has been popping up everywhere – in street style, on celebrities, and throughout every retailer's stock of new arrivals. Probably because military and '90s grunge are significant fall/winter trends, or probably because the style makes it a point to make a strong comeback every couple of years.
The surprise this time, though? Apparently, camo isn’t only great for outerwear or your regular jacket, it also shines through when incorporated into pieces of your existing wardrobe, say, a camo tee, or worn inside like Sofia Riche has here.
The Bomber Jacket
The bomber jacket might’ve been a comparatively new entry to the trend scene, but last year, it took over, and how. The interest in the staple was unparalleled – Google searches for the jacket surged by over 500%, and every fashion publication/blog that you can think of covered the trend. Celebs, young and old, also seem to love wearing the smart, comfortable style all the time.
From feminine satin embroidered ones to quilted leather bombers with badges and patches, the jacket covers the gamut and is a bonafide winner when I comes to cool, casual dressing right now.
The Pant Suit
Perhaps the chicest outfit a girl can own, a sleek pantsuit is all that and more right at this moment. The suit worn sans blouson is going nowhere – everyone from Amber Rose to Octavia Spencer has worn the style on the red carpet of late – but there is an update!
Take a leaf off Eva Longoria’s style and try a dress version of the suit, or wear it androgynously open like Victoria Beckham.
The Shearling Coat
From Rebecca Taylor and BCBG Max Azria to Coach, the fluffy material continues to blanket outerwear for fall 2016. The style go from sweeping coats to shorter jackets, but the shearling is star.
Sample the fuzzy fabric in these different styles here – lining Olivia Palermo’s long jacket like a layer of a comforting blanket under the clothes, or completely solo like Kim’s long coat.
Brocade, an embossed woven-silk material shot through with metallic threads, has been worn for centuries in different parts of the world like Byzantium, China, and Italy, to aptly display high social status, but now that everyone from Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, and Simone Rocha, to H&M is using the rich fabric in their clothes, it’s no longer something you’ll have to think about wearing twice.
People who live in colder part of the world can attest to the ubiquity of the double-breasted, structured-shoulder staple of winter wear that is the naval-style peacoat, but the classic peacoat has come a long way since its days at sea.
Feminine versions like Ariana’s, a longer length like Gigi’s with military details, or Taylor’s boxy cropped jacket – take your pick.
The Faux Fur Vest
Faux-fur vests have been winter-wardrobe mainstays for as long as we can remember – as demonstrated by Mary-Kate, all the way to Kendall Jenner – the trend shows no sign of abating. Why? Perhaps it’s the perfect canvas to infuse a casual staple with glamourous fur, or just the guaranteed warmth of that one thick layer when you need to keep hands-free.
Whatever it is, it definitely is high in the style charts today. Take some layering inspo from Kendall and Olivia.
The Trench Cape
What’s better than a trench coat and a cape? Both of them together in one piece! While the cape shape is ideal for the in-between seasons, the trench is a champion of the winters, and together, they make one stylish, practical outfit choice.
Whether a light one like Amal Clooney’s topper here, a heavy duty one like Olivia’s or a hand grazing long version to cover those problem areas, this style is vast, versatile, and also makes you feel like a superhero, so bonus points to that.
The Motorcycle Jacket
Sure, you have a leather jacket, but the moto jacket is a style on its own. With significant details like heavy hardware and a wide notch collar, this outerwear essential is so great because it takes literally everyone from drab to fab. Just top your tee with one and see how the entire style situation changes.
Try Taylor’s oversized style or Miranda’s failsafe quilted version.