Coatigans – what you need to know

One fashion word that seems to have slipped almost unnoticed into our vocabularies in the last few years is the ubiquitous coatigan and with top fashion publications embracing the term, it looks set to stay. Rather unsurprising a coatigan is that magical blend between a long and thick cardigan and a stylish winter coat making it both practical and stylish and meaning that we have been quick to embrace the trend. This season the coatigan is having a pretty big moment, so read on to find out if this trend is for you.

The coatigan is a particularly handy trend as the days begin to get shorter and cooler and yet it’s not yet that cold. Offering the perfect cover-up, this form of knitted, lightweight and unstructured coat is ideal to throw on when you still don’t need the protection of your winter coat. Long cardigans have always been a chic style staple, so this trend just takes it one step further to provide that versatile piece of clothing that quickly becomes a necessity during the autumn months. Think of it as an item that bridges those awkward gaps between seasons when it is too cold for a light summer jacket yet too warm to be completely wrapped up.

And the great thing with a coatigan is that it can add simple elegance and style to any outfit even if you’re just throwing it on over your gym gear post workout. We’ve known for years that the long lines of waterfall cardigans can elongate the body, add definition to shoulders and skim over our hips so the coatigan is the natural progression from this since it creates a really flattering look with minimal effort.

Styling your coatigan is really easy since there are pretty much no limits as to what it will look good with. For a weekend look that doesn’t seem too dressed up, wear your favourite pair of skinny jeans with some trainers and ankle boots teamed with a country-style plaid shirt. The coatigan isn’t just confined to the sphere of casual dresses though, since it is also a great piece to wear to work especially if you work in an office. Throw it on over a shirt and pencil skirt or black dress to make your commute that little bit cosier. And if you find that your office thermostat is constantly set to what you consider are sub-zero temperatures, you can still get away with wearing it indoors without having it look too bulky.

Coatigans are everywhere this season from the high street to top end, but we have to admit that this gorgeous number from Mango has to be one of our favourites. With two-tone faux-fur embellishments to both the collar and cuffs (faux-fur is another huge trend this season) to the subtle oatmeal fleck of the cardigan, this is one coatigan with a touch more glamour than most and that looks far more haute couture than its label suggests. Use it to stay cosy this autumn when you’re out about.

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