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Women’s Outerwear - Autumn 15

No matter if it turns out nice again or the snow falls, be prepared for next winter with an array of light jackets and heavier coat shapes that we forecast will win over female shoppers.

Padded sell

Padded jackets have become increasingly popular over the last few seasons and are now an essential part of any outerwear offering. Opt for technical fabrics and sleek silhouettes that feed into fashion’s current love affair with all things sporty. Puffa, polyester, £46

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Simply sleeveless

With winters seemingly getting warmer, it’s always good to offer a lighter alternative. The gilet is a perfect layering piece that can be worn over knitwear on milder days or under a coat when the temperature drops. Gerry Weber, polyester, viscose and nylon, £POA

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Chasing waterfalls

Spotted in many womenswear ranges this season, the waterfall collar is a subtle way of injecting interest into simple outerwear layers. Brands have used it on everything from light jackets and coatigans, through to heavier coats. This elegant, unlined wool version by Luisa Cerano should have wide appeal.Luisa Cerano, wool, £275

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Print works

Patterned and printed designs have plenty of hanger appeal and will stand out in store. This monochrome ombré wool style by Ronen Chen is bold without being loud and will suit the customer who is looking for something a little different. Buyers should also look out for new season twists on traditional houndstooth and check prints.Ronen Chen, wool, £99

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The furrier the better

While autumn’s focus on all things fur might not appeal to everyone, you can buy into the look with fuzzy textures and furry finishes. For instance, this mohair and wool-blend coat has enough fuzz to nod to the trend.Hauber, £225

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Short and sweet

If the unpredictable weather or mild temperatures mean buyers don’t want to back chunky coats or longline outerwear, opt for cropped variations on winter styles. Pea coats and duffles are just two examples of classic designs cut on or above the waist to offer a more transitional look.Barbour for Land Rover, wool, £129.30

 

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Great lengths

The ankle-sweeping coat is one of next season’s more directional outerwear trends, but it is surprisingly wearable and practical. Made from fine wool, this unstructured version from Laurèl is light yet warm - a great transitional piece. Laurèl, wool, £189

 

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Cosy parka

Sure to appeal to a wide demographic, the parka is as much a functional item as it is on-trend. Khaki colourways are key for the younger market seeking the grungy look, while fur-trimmed hoods and cosy linings give added warmth, in both real and fake fur options.
Marc Cain, cotton and polyester, £POA

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Dig the trench

The double-breasted button closures, storm flaps and epaulets of a classic trench coat make for a perennial lightweight winner as a versatile layering piece that will carry shoppers through the season. Coated or waxed waterproof options lend a functional element.
Aigle, cotton and polyamide, £88

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Bright sparks

From the sunniest September day to the darkest depths of December, a colourful coat will appeal to customers who are looking to brighten up their winter. Cobalt blue, candy pink and canary yellow are among the shades of the season.Bitte Kai Rand, wool, £118

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