Autumn Essentials: The Coat

11/10/2012 18:37 BST | Updated 11/12/2012 10:12 GMT

Your winter new coat purchase is of extreme importance. What kind of person do you want be this season? Your coat is indicative of the choice you make. Even with my existing range of excellent winter coats, I am mentally heading to Celine for an pared-back oversized piece that I'll pair with skinny trousers and heels. It's all very exciting, so regard your shortlist made for you with these beauties.


Whistles rarely disappoints, and this subtle animal print absolutely fulfils all its promises. Warm, a little bit different and with big style kudos, you definitely can't go wrong. It's all kinds of fabulous. (£295 at Whistles)


I spotted this Jigsaw coat a month or so ago and fell immediately in love. A little reminder of Raf Simons for Jil Sander's last collection, and in a feminine pastel pink makes for a perfect addition to your capsule wardrobe. Totally lovely. (£249 / 020 8392 5603) (£249 at Jigsaw)


Go for classic simplicity with Jaeger's dogtooth print triple button coat. It's the perfect Swinging Sixties addition to your wardrobe, just a little bit of colour but a whole load of style. (£260 at Jaeger)


Winter doesn't just have to be about dark colours, so work a little blonde magic with Topshop's wrap up warm cocoon coat. With a cosy jersey lining and a real slouchy feel, you can work this for an on or off duty look. (£85 at Topshop)


With a proud reputation for upholding an enviable effortless style, Paul & Joe Sister have pulled it out of the bag again with this double-breasted coat. Pair this navy blazer with a LBD for a sophisticated mash-up. (£355 at Net-a-Porter)


Ultra cool Swedish brand Monki are doing an amazing selection of oxblood pieces for AW12 so bag yourself a bargain with this minimalist button up coat. It's genuinely a delight to wear, and not at all hard on the purse. (£80 at Monki)


Inject a dash of ladylike leather into your wardrobe with Mango's black and navy number. It's got that edge in all the right places, and will smoothly convert from day to night. (£129.99 at Mango)


Rich, royal colours are the mode of the season so take a hint from COS in this exquisite green coat. It's the perfect length, a gorgeous fit and is easily styled up and down at your leisure. Absolute love on a hanger. (£150 at COS)


Be a little warmer in Urban Outfitters' oversized jacket, with its soft furry collar, there's no need for layers of knits. Sometimes its the simple things in style, and this is one of them. (£150 at Urban Outfitters)


If you really want to splash out this autumn, try BOY by Band of Outsiders' camel offering, complete with extra cosy wrist warmers. You'll be totally ticking the oversized trend with this lovely one. (£980 at