Sartorially speaking, if Hot Girl Summer was all about playful dresses and flirty shorts, Cool Girl Autumn is about putting bold outerwear firmly in the spotlight. After all, when you need to stay warm, why not make the coat the whole outfit?
That's exactly how we're approaching style this season, and with plenty of on-trend options to play with, it's not hard to find a memorable piece to play the starring role in your look. Here, we enlisted POPSUGAR Assistant Editor Tori to show off our favourite coats right now, from a textured teddy to smart shearling.
If we can't spend the entire season cuddled up underneath our favourite blanket, wearing a teddy coat is the next best thing. With its fuzzy fabric, oversize fit, and exaggerated collar and pockets, this coat is the ultimate cosy way to to keep wrapped up this Autumn. While it might feel second nature to throw it over other comfy, cuddly pieces, we love the idea of contrasting it with elegant and elevated pieces underneath, like a slip dress and polished boots.
For transitional temperatures, you can never go wrong with a leather-look jacket. But this season, you don't want just any leather jacket — you want a mock croc one. Faux-croc textures are a major trend and one that injects your look with a cool-girl vibe. Your first inclination might be to go edgy, but this jacket works just as well with more sophisticated pieces, like tailored wide-leg trousers and strappy heels.
A trench coat is a forever favourite and one you'll wear for seasons and years to come. This particular one has all the makings of a classic piece, from the neutral tan colour and waist belt to the mid-weight cotton fabric. Play up its timeless appeal by wearing it over equally timeless staples, like a black jumper, check trousers, and leather loafers.
We like to think of the aviator jacket as the leather jacket's adventurous, more daring counterpart. With the all-black faux-shearling accents and strong shape, this jacket adds a powerful presence to any look. Go for all-out glamour and wear it alongside an evening look, whether that's a chiffon maxi dress or a glitzy skirt.
For the ultimate luxurious option, a mid-length faux-fur coat is a must have. While you could opt for a solid colour, leopard print brings a playful touch (literally too, considering this particular jacket features a soft, brushed outer) and is a bold nod to the season's animal print trend. To really make this coat the centrepiece, contrast it against an all-black look, such as a boiler suit and strappy heels.
Credits: Art Director: Meg Konigsburg; Set Designer: Lee Flude; Wardrobe Stylist: Sam Carder + Stephanie Nguyen; Hair and Makeup: Lica Fensom; Producer: Cassie Doyle; Editor: Stephanie Nguyen