A Stylist's Guide to Outerwear
Puffer, parka, blouson, trench or down? There’s more than one way to stay warm when it comes to outerwear in autumn. Fashion houses are increasingly investing in more technologically advanced fabrics, engineering them to impress you with their weather-protecting abilities. However, we don’t expect you to be carrying out any in-depth homework to buy your outerwear: we’ve done it for you. Our resident stylist, Alex, has delivered a round-up of highlights to find you the perfect piece for autumn-winter 2019.
MONCLER GARY JACKET: For cold, dry days. The playful, two-tone Gary Jacket by Moncler in blue and green is made from lightweight, water-resistant nylon laqué and filled with goose down. Moncler's jackets always guarantee to keep you warm.
STONE ISLAND REFLECTIVE WEAVE RIPSTOP-TC JACKET: For a rainy forecast. Stone Island is synonymous with outerwear, investing in unique processes and fabric development, it goes without saying that the Reflective Weave Ripstop-TC Jacket is another innovative piece. The jacket is made of a durable ripstop, with a reflective taping woven throughout the fabric. The reflectiveness is achieved by soaking the tape in a resin bath that has been combined with glass fibre. The material is then dyed and a special agent is included in the process to create an anti-drip finish. The jacket has a detachable lining which is made of recycled wool and nylon, inspired by military blankets.
VALENTINO VVV PRINTED PADDED COAT: for the coldest winter weather. Valentino's take on the down jacket: this time by the Italian brand Valentino, who has partnered up with Japanese fashion legend Jun Takahashi and his brand Undercover. The jacket is comprised of a silk outer shell (an unconventional fabric choice) with a print inspired by time travel, and filled with goose down.
DSQUARED2 PADDED DENIM JACKET: For when you don't want to wear a coat. For something a little less conventional I've chosen the Padded Denim Jacket from DSquared2. The jacket is a perfect marriage of denim and down featuring not-so-subtle DSquared2 branding emblazoned across the back. The goose down fill runs through the whole jacket (not just the visible padded sections) allowing for maximum warmth on winter days.
MONCLER LOIRE JACKET: For cold, dry days. Moncler is a brand founded on outerwear and this piece is a standout of their FW19 collections. Unlike the bright colours featured in the men’s Moncler jacket, I’ve chosen something a little more subdued opting instead for a unique fabrication on the outer shell: ivory micro-corduroy. Not a piece to be worn during a heavy downpour, however, the down fill provides the perfect protection from the most bitter winter cold.
MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN HYBRID PUFFER COAT: For when you need to be flexible. Another hybrid style jacket, but this time for women. The jacket features lightweight nylon, a slightly oversized construction and an interesting variation of quilting and padding. The coat features a down fill and removable kimono style sleeves that enable you to change up your aesthetic depending on the weather, or your outfit.
ISABEL MARANT KRISTEN JACKET: For when you want to stand out. The Kristen Jacket from Isabel Marant is a statement piece with a shiny metallic bronze finish. The outer fabric of the jacket is made from recycled plastic bottles. The jacket features an oversized silhouette with synthetic fill and slightly contrasting matte khaki fastenings.
MSGM PUFFER JACKET: For when the perfect pairing with jeans. Lastly, a statement piece by Italian label MSGM who are known for their use of bright colours and interesting styles and shapes. The outer shell is made from light pink nylon with horizontal goose down quilting. The jacket features an oversized hood with large MSGM branding across it and a slightly cropped length; something that would look good with a high waisted jean.