Fashion has to be forward-looking, which is how we found ourselves watching the Autumn/Winter 2015 runways. It didn’t us take long to spot a trend, and we suggest that you put maxi coats on your shopping list without further ado.
Paris saw the return of John Galliano, and his first collection for Maison Margiela, with long coats in leather and suede. Over in New York, Francisco Costa went maxi for Calvin Klein, and Max Mara’s signature camel coats lengthened. Meanwhile, Milan broke out in floor-length outerwear in all manner of colours and patterns, with Francesco Scognamiglio showcasing long chiffon gowns and a satin maxi with rose embellishment.
In London, Sophie Dahl swished in full-length black velvet for Alice Temperley, and Burberry’s title of Patchwork, Pattern and Prints said it all. With a strong Bohemian influence, coats reached for the floor, watched by the likes of Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, and fringes swung from shoulder to mid-calf.
Get this look as a trench, and add trousers and t-shirt in the same pale colour. Team a wrap-around with sneakers, and top with a fedora. Match pink or blue with grey, or snuggle into a wool blend enhanced by an oversized scarf. Take this one step further in a blanket coat, a natural with boyfriend jeans. Add skinnies, tee and heels to a camel shift, or keep them subdued under neon shades.
Contrast a tartan mini skirt under a dark maxi coat, and accentuate with ankle boots, or opt for shorts instead. Conversely, reach for elegance in a chiffon maxi dress and a topper that’s slightly shorter. Seek warmth under a quilted version, or throw a black version over ripped denim and graphic top, and add sunglasses.
Slouchy coverings don’t tolerate timidity, so match with a roomy tote, or a large bucket bag. More tailored models call for cutbacks in size, so substitute a mini-bag or a clutch. Wrap a plaid scarf around a double-breasted version, or pull on a beanie. Find room under a blanket coat for a bomber or loose sweater, and grab your favourite trainers.
This may have rocked the A/W 2015/16 shows, but make no mistake, it will be hitting a street near you any day now (if it hasn’t already). You can work this for summer too, so we advise you to make a space in your wardrobe for this long, lean trend.
Long Coat/Maxi Coat Trend: The featured photo is of Sendi Skopljak wearing a black shawl long coat from Sheinside
Nada Adelle wears a silky beige maxi coat with black cigarette trousers, a black turtleneck, and a pair of matching beige flats. Wear this look with shades to steal Nada’s sophisticated style.
Coat: Lavish Alice, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Shoes: Topshop.
Maxi coats are making a definite return to fashion this fall! Jill Lansky is wearing a stylish black coat with jeans and booties, making for an elegant yet casual style.
Sweater/Jeans: Express, Boots: Acne.
Nothing shouts sophisticated chic so much as a black maxi coat! Wearing this look with chunky ankle boots will afford you a striking and elegant overall style; why not give it a try? Via Figtny
Peony Lim wears the maxi coat trend with leather leggings and a gorgeously simplistic white top to create an elegant and smart overall look. Worn with heels, this look is also ultra glamorous.
Coat: Celine, Top: Pinko, Trousers: J. Brand, Shoes: Gianvito Rossi, Bag: Charles and Keith.
Josefin Dahlberg looks chic and stylish in this elegant faux fur maxi coat, paired with Chelsea boots and flared jeans. Throw in a skinny scarf to add edge and an extra kick to your outfit!
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This bulky grey maxi coat goes perfectly with Benedichte’s sleek and stylish monochrome outfit. In a shirt dress and patent brogues, she is rocking a more androgynous style!
Jacket/Shirt Dress: Vagabond, Shoes: Zalando.
Jana Wind is wearing the maxi coat trend paired with super stylish white strappy heels and a matching leather bag. This look is edgy and authentic, we love it!
Coat: Rachel Knors, Pullover: Escada, Dress: Otto D’Ame Dora via Shopbop, Bag: Burberry via Monnier Frères, Shoes: Missguided.
Laura Dittrich wears the long coat trend in camel, one of this season’s hottest colours! Paired with grey slacks and fresh white sneakers, this look is utterly chic.
Coat: COS, Turtleneck: Zara, Sneakers: Acne.
Kaitlyn Ham is rocking the oversized maxi coat trend, generating a uniquely androgynous style by wearing this broad coat with simple white sneakers.
Coat/Dress: Raey, Sneakers: Isabel Marant.
Pale maxi coats will always go a treat with cropped denim jeans and a plain white tee. Federica L. rocks this simple yet effective style, looking ready for any eventuality!
Coat: Sheinside, Tee: Zara, Jeans: & Other Stories.
Wear the long coat trend with distressed denim and knitwear to steal Janni Deler’s awesome style. Rocking sneakers and a cute grey beanie, Janni has epitomised the cute winter coat aesthetic!
Coat/Jeans: Gina Tricot, Sweater: Niy Trend by Janni, Bag: Phillip Lim, Shoes: Senso.
A faux fur floor length maxi coat like this one will add instant glamour to your outfit. Aida Domenech wears this dark fur with strappy black heeled sandals; an edgy and individual style.
Nicoletta Reggio wears a khaki army-style maxi coat with black culottes and ankle boots, creating a cool and casual look suitable for every day wear.
Coat: Asos, T-shirt: Zara, Trousers: Balenciaga, Bag: Chloe, Shoes: Sarenza.
Camille Callen débuts an awesome casual style here, combining stylish baggy trousers with a simple V neck while tying the look together with a gorgeous marl grey maxi coat from Sheinside. An authentic pair of Adidas Stan Smiths will also make the perfect finish to any maxi coat outfit.
Top: Zara, Trousers: Mango, Coat: Sheinside, Sneakers: Adidas.
Dare to go all out in a floor length maxi coat this winter! Charlotte Groeneveld rocks this gorgeous black coat, wearing it over casual knitwear and a pair of flared denim jeans; a stylish and feminine look.
Coat: Karen Millen, Knit: &Other Stories, Jeans: True Religion.
A grey maxi coat such as this will always add a touch of sophistication and glamour to your every day outfit. Nika Huk wears this Zara piece over rolled jeans and a pair of Adidas Stan Smiths.
Coat: Zara, Sweater/Jeans: H&M, Shoes: Adidas, Bag: Saint Laurent.
Wear a maxi coat over a classic graphic tee and jeans outfit to get Zoé Alalouch’s cool and casual style. A pair of vintage sneakers will also add to the authenticity of the look and add a touch of retro!
Coat: Missguided, T-shirt: Tutu & Lälä, Jeans: Meltin Pot, Shoes: Golden Goose, Bag: Gucci.
Combine two massive trends and wear a camel maxi coat like this one worn by Beatrice Gutu! Try pairing a similar piece with jeans, sneakers and an oversized scarf to recreate this look.
Coat: Missguided, Knitwear: Mango, Jeans: Asos, Scarf: H&M, Bag: Zara, Sneakers: Stan Smith.
This stylish military style maxi coat is an absolute winner when worn with chunky platform sandals and skinny denim jeans. Silvia Garcia rocks this fabulous winter look!
Coat: Zara, Shirt: À Bicyclette, Jeans: Levi’s, Boots: Balenciaga, Bag: Céline, Sunglasses: Miu Miu.
Pale coloured maxi coats are always a good idea because of their versatility. Elsa Ekman wears this pale grey coat with a classic plaid shirt and jeans; adding class and sophistication to an otherwise casual outfit.
Coat Topshop, Shirt Vintage, Jeans Cheap Monday, Shoes Topshop, Beanie Balmuir.
Maxi coats come in all shapes and sizes! Kenza Zouiten is rocking this long purple coat, wearing it with an oversized knit turtleneck and skinny denim jeans. Coloured coats will add variety and style to any outfit.
Coat: Asos, Sweater: Acne Studios, Trousers: Ginatricot, Bag: Balenciaga, Shoes: Jennie-Ellen, Sunglasses: Prada.
A maxi coat will go a treat with an oversized knit sweater and skinny jeans. Isabel Sellés wears the look with pale grey Chelsea boots and a matching vintage style beret; making the style perfect for winter.
Maxi Sweater: New Look, Jeans: Topshop, Coat/Bag/Boots: Zara.
A black maxi coat is a must have for a classy winter style. Christine R. wears this oversized coat with cigarette trousers and sneakers; a casual and easy christmas look.
Coat/Tee/Trousers: COS, Sweater: Ganni, Sneakers: Adidas, Bag: Céline.
Wearing classic loafers with your maxi coat can make for an ultra chic, retro style. Beatrice Gutu wears this Shoeshibar pair with ripped black denim jeans and a striped shirt, accessorised with a funky choker and shades.
Coat: Missguided, Shirt: Chace, Jeans: Asos, Shoes: Shoeshibar.
This oversized grey maxi coat looks ultra cool worn with a simple pair of white sneakers. A minimalistic approach, as seen here, can often transcend elaborate style in it’s overall success. Via Figtny.
Dress/Coat/Scarf: Aritzia, Sneakers: Adidas.
Dare to wear the mustard yellow this season! Perfect for autumn and winter hues, this mustard maxi coat is cosy, warm and effortlessly stylish. Via Sheryl Luke.
Coat: C/Meo Collective, Top/ Jeans: L’Agence, Shoes: Aldo, Vest: Zara, Bag: YSL.
A cashmere scarf is the ultimate accessory to a maxi coat. Try paler colours on yours when wearing a beige coat, like the one seen here worn by Juley Le.
Coat: Forever 21, Scarf: Autumn Cashmere.
Fuzzy maxi coats are the perfect solution for cold winter days. Camille Callen wears this grey coat with ripped denim jeans and a dark scarf and hat combination.
Jeans: Primark, Jacket/Scarf: Sheinside, Sneakers: Asos, Hat: Diesel.
Funda Christophersen demonstrates exactly how a maxi camel coat should be worn in this super cute dungarees and leather boots combo.
An army style maxi coat will look great worn with a classic white shirt and denim jeans. Via Vanja Milicevic.
Jeans/Shoes/Coat: Zara, Shirt: Mango, Bag: Gucci.
Wear a grey maxi coat with jeans and sneakers to recreate Hanna Owl’s casual but striking winter look.
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The business style maxi coat is a winning trend this fall. We love Alexandra Guerain’s choice to accessorise with a YSL flat purse.
Coat: ASOS, Shoes: Shoes Schutz, Bag: Saint Laurent.
Wear the maxi coat trend like Christine R with a pair of cute sneakers, cigarette trousers, and a tartan scarf to accessorise.
Coat: Designed by Christine, Trousers/Bag: COS, Sneakers: Nike.
Lucy Williams wears a gorgeous black maxi coat with cropped denim jeans and a cute knitted pullover.
Coat: Maje, Jumper: Demylee, Jeans: Topshop, Boots: Acne.
Kaitlyn Ham styles her maxi coat with a pair of faux snakeskin loafers and black flares.
Outfit: Raey at Matchesfashion.com.
This black maxi coat looks simple but effective when paired with distressed denim jeans and black sneakers. Via
Coat: Ikrush, Knit: Kappahl, Sneakers: Puma.
Natasha Ndlovu looks effortlessly cool as she pairs her long cream coat with skinny cigarette trousers and a black peaked cap.
Coat: J.Lindeberg, Turtleneck: ASOS.
Wear your black maxi coat with a black crew neck jumper and a grey skirt Via Blair Eadie
Skirt/Top: Club Monaco, Coat: Co., Shoes: ASOS. Bag: Chanel. Sunglasses: Prada
Maxi Coat Outfit & Ideas: Ellen Claesson is wearing a black Gina Tricot maxi mac coat
How To Wear A Long Coat: Kaitlyn Ham is wearing an ash grey Modern maxi coat
Maxi Coat Trend: Evangelie Smyrniotaki is wearing a long Raey navy coat
Maja Wyh is wearing a navy blue Calvin Klein maxi coat
Alex is wearing a grey long coat from Naked Vice
Camille Charriere is wearing a black maxi coat from Ganni
Stella Wants To Die is showing off the maxi coat trend with this ash grey Zara coat
Alexandra Guerain is wearing a long coat from Asos
Tatyana from Tini Tani is wearing a maxi coat from Martin Margiela