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Investment Piece: The Wool/Cashmere Winter Coat

Every autumn, as the shorter days and colder nights draw in, we start thinking about this year’s staple winter coat. An important decision, and an investment, that shapes your look for the coming season and (if you get it right) for years to come too.

For those quite rightly treating this coat as an investment for years to come, we always recommend a wool or cashmere fabric, or a blend of the two. Wool is the best fabric to keep you warm and cashmere is the best fabric for a luxurious finish.

So whether you're looking for warmth, luxury or a bit of both, take some inspiration from our favourite wool & cashmere styles for this Autumn/Winter 2016.

DOUBLE FACED

MaxMara Autumn/Winter '16
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We love this look - using a double sided fabric is fun, showing how the inside of your coat is just as important as the outside. No lining required!

Pink/Beige Cashmere/Wool Coating, £119.90 per metre
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Boss used double sided fabric in a different way - to create block colour panels.

Boss Autumn/Winter '16
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Bordeaux/Camel Cashmere/Wool Coating, £119.90 per metre
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BLOCK COLOUR

The most obvious choice of all is a block colour cashmere/wool coat. Make sure to choose a colour that you love and feel comfortable wearing. Blacks, greys, beiges & camels are a no-brainer that you are guaranteed to be able to wear for seasons to come.

Valentino Autumn/Winter '16
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Black Pure Cashmere Coating, £198.90 per metre
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Miu Miu Autumn/Winter '16
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Boss Autumn/Winter '16
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Camel Doeskin Wool Coating, £119.90 per metre
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PATTERNED

Choosing a classic investment coat doesn't always mean you have to choose a plain fabric. Calvin Klein Collection & Victoria Beckham demonstrated how choosing a classic check design is just as useful as a plain coat that can be worn year after year.

Calvin Klein Collection Autumn/Winter '16

Victoria Beckham Autumn/Winter '16
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Grey/Red/Cream Pure Wool Tartan Coating, £48.90 per metre
Brown/Beige Pure Cashmere Coating, £149.90 per metre
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Stay warm & stay fabulous!

Please note all photographs used are for illustrative purposes only. All catwalk photographs from vogue.co.uk.

To see all our coating fabrics click here.

To see our favourite coat trends from Autumn/Winter 2015 click here.