A casual coat is the backbone of modern English attire. Putting a duffle coat on and running out of the door into drizzly cold weather is a stereotype that is around for a reason. But it's not so glum, we share the same image with such characters as Paddington Bear, a delightful forever-traveling teddy bear, a lovable character from a Wes Anderson film with a penchant for storms, and sailors from the far North who live in lighthouses. What would be of our beloved Burberry Brit, without a cold climate? The Swedish aren’t shy of casual coats either, that minimal style we try to emulate, polished yet relaxed, marled greys with those classic Nordic pops of colour. Simply put, Acne Studios. They may be a few kilometres south, but the Italians also know how to do a casual coat. Mr Valentino can show you a thing or two, they’ll both be in camouflage but that's not going to slow you down from purchasing two of them. You’d best speak to the Canadians about real cold. For serious minus moments you’ve got to commit to a hooded coat in feather down, which can be supplied by no other than Canada Goose. The Americans will argue that Woolrich is a sound choice for a similar arctic degree, but we aren’t complaining here in Europe, we need both Woolrich and Canada Goose. Of course you can’t forget the French, hello Isabel Marant Casual and Marant go together like cheese and wine, so it's no surprise that the casual coat category is overseen by the French designer. Australasia hasn’t much to say on the topic, but we can invite them back into the conversation when it's bikini weather.
Let's get into the basics
Duffle coats, feather down-filled coats and a lightweight throw-on for in between. That’s your essentials. These spend more timing hanging on coat racks in lobbies than in wardrobes, and see the dry cleaners more than the closet. In other words, they’re the basics because casual coats are worn a good majority of the year, for a large majority of the week. If you need to wear something so often, you should delight in it as much as possible. Moncler is a great label to have handy for almost anything, if you have one of their classics, you can travel anywhere and look good. We love what Mr & Mrs Italy have done for the humble Parka, and our weekends. The re-emergence of waist-tied robe style coats is doing exciting things for wide-leg pants and unreliable weather patterns. Trimmings of fur or faux fur can really lift an outfit, especially if you want to wear something easy like skinny jeans and flat ankle boots.
Embellishments or patches are nice for a new season addition to a necessity. Check out our brooches or jewelled belts to add a little something to your snuggly woollen coat.
For good days and bad
It's not all practicality and English sailors in duffle coats. High fashion sees plenty of coats that could be put into the category of casual, it depends a lot on how and where you wear them and it can go in both directions. Supermodel Mica Arganaraz makes a floor length Fendi fur coat look casual on the runway, she is just that cool. Most of the time though we are trying to dress up our winter warriors, heeled boots, elegant jewellery, hair serum that repels bad hair days. A sharp pair of trousers, a good pair of loafers, your Isabel Marant coat and a resilient attitude is all you need for the hustle and bustle of urban life. If this fails you, a weekend away with a Burberry Poncho, cashmere leggings, a fire, a Scottish landscape and a very good-looking companion will melt those troubles away. If you’ve made it to mytheresa.com we can assume you’ve got style, which is why we try each autumn/winter to select the very best from the world over, including casual coats. So if you're having a great day, or a terrible one, if it's raining horizontally or it's in the minus what it should be in the positive, you’ll at least have a coat that keeps you looking fabulous.