A FEW weeks ago, I ogled the new autumn/winter collections. It was fun to look around – there’s some gorgeous stuff out there – but, hey, before we hurl ourselves headfirst into heavy knits and hefty overcoats, there’s plenty of summertime left. Between now and freeeeezing, there’s a whole world/wardrobe of trans-seasonal dressing to do.
This time of year is horribly unpredictable, veering somewhere between heavy showers and heatwaves and, hence, frothy summer frocks and weighty winter jumpers, so I’m loving anything that will work whatever the weather. Maybe it’s no surprise, then, that the item filling up the fashion spreads right now is the duster coat.
Resurrected from cowboy times, believe it or not, the duster coat is also eerily reminiscent of the dreaded housecoat, a drab old cover-up with housecleaning connotations (shudder). But this new duster coat – Version 2, if you like – has been restyled for the modern dame, with bright, zesty colours and a cool, slouchy vibe.
Not sure how to wear it? Here’s your recipe for surefire success – take one pair of masculine-cut trousers, or a midi skirt, if you’re feeling really adventurous; add a simple top and finish off with the prerequisite ugly sandals or a pair of trainers. There’s plenty of room for manoeuvre, though; these lovely ladies should give you a better idea what I’m talking about…
I love this whole look – so simple, so clean, no frills or fiddly bits. Plus, it really works as a transitional style – the coat is the ideal weight for autumn and, once you take it off, you’re ready for some impromptu sun-taking, should the opportunity occur.
Here are some of my current looks for this awkward phase, before we’re quite ready to bid adieu to summer (click on the images for more details)…