Autumn Has Arrived… So Has The Robe Coat Trend

How does a girl cope when the weather gets downright hostile, and the wind, no respecter of persons, makes you feel as though you’re wearing a bikini rather than a perfectly serviceable bomber (that’s assuming you’re not doing skimpy, of course)? We’ll tell you how – the robe coat is trending right now, so say hello to your comfort blanket for autumn 2014. Wrap it around you, snuggle into it, and just ignore the outside world.

You may think that it superficially resembles the gown that you bundle on when you stumble out of bed in the morning, or the garment that you take to the shower, but we’d like to respectfully point out that you’re mistaken. Take a second look – its long silhouette makes it way more elegant than that, and as for style, you’ll have no trouble in finding your perfect partner for winter days. Just look to the runways for inspiration.

Altazurra’s brightly coloured grids combined with the belt to define shape, while Louis Vuitton leaned towards retro with a floral print, with Céline, Chloe, Richard Chai Love among other designers who ran with the robe coat. Cashmere looks – and feels – just great for this fashion. It’s cosy, soft, but always oh-so-chic. So naturally, it put in several appearances, from Fendi’s two-tone felted take, to Bottega Veneta’s oversized kind.

Dries van Noten banished draughts with a quilted and zipped version, and to cheer us on dark days, magicked an optic wave stripe in pink and grey. In fact, you’ll be spoilt for choice between plaid, houndstooth, tweed, and Vivenne Westwood’s woven wrap. Maybe you should pass them all, and opt instead for head-to-toe red in coat and boots, à la Donna Karan.

Keep it pulled tight over a pencil slim skirt and fitted knit, a tailored dress and over the knee boots. Alternatively, open up the front to jeans or slim pants, and a turtle neck. Retreat inside a roomy hood for the ultimate in warmth. This easy-to-wear item is a shamelesss flatterer too, with its belt pulling in the coat, and giving you the kind of waist that made Victorian ladies prone to swooning.

Collars come in dual shades, sheepskin edged, or in the case of Altazurra, outsize and in danger of becoming secondary robes themselves. Wear your robe coat as a jacket or a maxi, but don’t take it off until spring.

The featured photo is of Helena Glazer wearing a dark grey robe coat from Vince

Wear the robe coat trend with skinny cropped jeans and ankle boots to steal Kenza Zouiten’s classy and sophisticated style, and throw on a pair of cool shades to get that extra edge! Jeans: Zara, Coat: Designers Remix, Shoes: Jennie-Ellen, Bag: Givenchy.

Wear the robe coat trend with skinny cropped jeans and ankle boots to steal Kenza Zouiten’s classy and sophisticated style, and throw on a pair of cool shades to get that extra edge!

Jeans: Zara, Coat: Designers Remix, Shoes: Jennie-Ellen, Bag: Givenchy.

A grey robe coat like this one will look great for either a smart or casual look. Beatrice Gutu pairs the coat with super skinny jeans and a sleek burgundy satchel. Coat: Missguided, Jeans: Asos, Boots/Bag: Zara.

A grey robe coat like this one will look great for either a smart or casual look. Beatrice Gutu pairs the coat with super skinny jeans and a sleek burgundy satchel.

Coat: Missguided, Jeans: Asos, Boots/Bag: Zara.

Janni Deler rocks this camel waist tie robe coat by wearing it with classic gladiator sandals and a sand coloured bag. Sticking to a general colour scheme can be very effective, as demonstrated here. Coat: Lookbook Store, Dress: Nly Trend by Janni Delér, Bag: Céline, Shoes: Public Desire.

Janni Deler rocks this camel waist tie robe coat by wearing it with classic gladiator sandals and a sand coloured bag. Sticking to a general colour scheme can be very effective, as demonstrated here.

Coat: Lookbook Store, Dress: Nly Trend by Janni Delér, Bag: Céline, Shoes: Public Desire.

The robe coat trend looks best worn in bold colours. This deep red number looks wintery and festive - so we love it. Via Larisa Costea. Coat: Chic Diva.

The robe coat trend looks best worn in bold colours. This deep red number looks wintery and festive; we love it! Via Larisa Costea.

Coat: Chic Diva.

Sendi Skopljak wears the robe coat trend with simple black leggings and a pair of Adidas superstars. Coat: Zara, Jeans: Dr denim, Bag: Jcosstudios, Shoes: Adidas.

Sendi Skopljak wears the robe coat trend with simple black leggings and a pair of Adidas superstars.

Coat: Zara, Jeans: Dr denim, Bag: Jcosstudios, Shoes: Adidas.

Emilie Tommerberg rocks the robe coat trend in this gorgeous black number from Lexington. Coat: Lexington, Shades: Ray Ban.

Emilie Tommerberg rocks the robe coat trend in this gorgeous black number from Lexington.

Coat: Lexington, Shades: Ray Ban.

This sophisticated wrap around robe is perfect for smart or casual wear. Via Yakovleva Darya. Coat/ Heels: We Love Republic.

This sophisticated wrap around robe is perfect for smart or casual wear. Via Yakovleva Darya.

Coat/ Heels: We Love Republic.

Robe Coat Trend: Xochitl is wearing a camel robe coat

Robe Coat Trend: Xochitl is wearing a camel robe coat

Anna Belle Clarenburg is wearing a dark blue robe coat from Elise

Anna Belle Clarenburg is wearing a dark blue robe coat from Elise

Silvia Postolatiev is wearing a white robe coat from Marks & Spencer

Silvia Postolatiev is wearing a white robe coat from Marks & Spencer

Roos-Anne van Dorsten is wearing a camel belt coat from Baukjen

Roos-Anne van Dorsten is wearing a camel belt coat from Baukjen

Maddie is wearing a vintage camel belted coat and a matching scarf from Cos

Maddie is wearing a vintage camel belted coat and a matching scarf from Cos

Pavlína Jágrová is wearing a belted wool coat from Lukas Machacek

Pavlína Jágrová is wearing a belted wool coat from Lukas Machacek

Belted Coat Trend: Negin Mirsalehi is wearing a cream belted coat from Envy

Belted Coat Trend: Negin Mirsalehi is wearing a cream belted coat from Envy

Kayla Seah is wearing a grey belted wool coat from Hallhuber

Kayla Seah is wearing a grey belted wool coat from Hallhuber

Alexandra Pereira is wearing a robe coat from Oxygene

Alexandra Pereira is wearing a robe coat from Oxygene

Robe Coat Outfit: Zina Charkoplia is wearing a robe coat from Zara

Robe Coat Outfit: Zina Charkoplia is wearing a robe coat from Zara

Natasha Ndlovu is wearing a black wool blend robe coat from Chicwish

Natasha Ndlovu is wearing a black wool blend robe coat from Chicwish

Robe Coat Trend: Laura Dittrich is wearing a an oversized camel coat

Robe Coat Trend: Laura Dittrich is wearing a an oversized camel coat

Mary Josephine is wearing a camel coat robe from Mango

Mary Josephine is wearing a camel coat robe from Mango

Vanja Milicevic is wearing a black robe coat from Max Mara

Vanja Milicevic is wearing a black robe coat from Max Mara

Robe Coat Fashion Trend: Kayla Seah is wearing a black robe coat from All Saints

Robe Coat Fashion Trend: Kayla Seah is wearing a black robe coat from All Saints

Anouk Yve is wearing a coat with robe from Forever 21

Anouk Yve is wearing a coat with robe from Forever 21

Robe Coat Trend: Annette Haga is wearing a robe coat from Notion 1.3

Robe Coat Trend: Annette Haga is wearing a robe coat from Notion 1.3

Camel Robe Coat: Sara Escudero is wearing a robe coat from Zara

Camel Robe Coat: Sara Escudero is wearing a robe coat from Zara

Negin Mirsalehi is wearing a dark grey herringbone robe coat from River Island

Negin Mirsalehi is wearing a dark grey herringbone robe coat from River Island

Sendi Skopljak is wearing a long wool camel robe coat from Zara

Sendi Skopljak is wearing a long wool camel robe coat from Zara

Belted Coat Trend: Kayla Seah is wearing all white, the belted coat is from ASOS

Kayla Seah is wearing all white, the belted coat is from ASOS

Annette Haga is wearing a black long robe coat from Notion 1.3

Annette Haga is wearing a black long robe coat from Notion 1.3

Anouska Proetta Branson in her white robe coat from Reiss

Anouska Proetta Branson in her white robe coat from Reiss

Sarah Mikaela is wearing a brown robe coat from Alexon

Sarah Mikaela is wearing a brown robe coat from Alexon

It is all about the robe coat with the oversized collar. This one is from Dawn Levy worn by Amber Fillerup Clark

It is all about the robe coat with the oversized collar. This one is from Dawn Levy worn by Amber Fillerup Clark

Olivia Purvis is wearing a dark blue Claudia robe coat from Boden

Olivia Purvis is wearing a dark blue Claudia robe coat from Boden

Cindy Van Der Heyden is wearing a charcoal robe coat from Gestuz

Cindy Van Der Heyden is wearing a charcoal robe coat from Gestuz