A hacker’s guide to coats: 5 ways to refresh last season’s look

A hacker's guide to coats: 5 ways to refresh last season's look

And all of a sudden — just like that — it’s winter. How did that happen?

If you find yourself among the many currently stockpiling soup and trying to figure out how to turn the heating back on, you’re properly also wondering how you’ve managed to get to the end of October without sourcing the perfect new winter coat. But all is not lost. 

In fact, dusting off last season’s old faithful is not only a frugal and sustainable solution for your wardrobe woes but these clever cold weather coat hacks have your new season update all wrapped up. 

1. The underlay

(Me And Em)

An oversized puffer jacket may be a sensible investment in the depths of winter when a portable central heating strategy is mandatory for venturing out your front door. But for now, a little insulation goes a long way. For inspiration, check out ME+EM’s three-in-one parka, which features a detachable and reversible quilted jacket layered under a water-resistant outer coat. 

Alternatively, Uniqlo’s ultra-light yet ultra-cosy down gilets (from £39.90, uniqlo.com) are the toast of underlays which will slip snugly under any coat you own (£699, meandem.com).

2. The hooded scarf

(Cos )

When is a scarf not a scarf? When it’s a hood. See COS — aka masters of the mock collar. Taking home the award for most versatile winter accessory you never 

knew you needed is its navy nylon tie-up hood — a half-scarf, half-hood hybrid designed to sit neatly 

under the collar of your coat and provide both a stylish update and additional protection from the elements. 

Its padded hood version — think one quarter of a puffer jacket — comes in a close second (£45, cosstores.com).

3. The roll-neck bib


While we’re on the subject of adverse weather add-ons, it’s also worth considering Arket’s rollneck bib. Crafted from super-soft alpaca wool and available in black, camel and off-white, try layering it over a shirt and under your coat for an effect that feels as good as it looks. JW Anderson is also somewhat of a specialist in the statement neckwear arena, thanks to his zip-front striped neckbands (£150, j-w-anderson.com), which are designed to transform any sweater into a rollneck in one easy step (£59, arket.com).

4. The over-belt

(Other Stories)

The hourglass silhouette is a big trend for 2018 — good news for your curves, bad news for the straight-cut, waist-erasing styles which account for every coat you’ve bought over the past five years. The solution is simple — take one coat and add a belt. Oversized styles for both work best and hey presto! What’s better than shopping in your own wardrobe? (Coat, £165, belt, £49, stories.com)

5. The scarf sleeve

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If you thought the statement sleeve trend had run its course when the last ruffled bardot top was packed away until next summer, think again. But in place of frills and flounces, scarves are proving this season’s most popular type of arm candy.

To tackle this trend, go Blue Peter-style and simply knot a silk scarf around your wrists. Or Mango has the perfect here’s-one-I-made-earlier solution in its classic camel trench, which comes complete with headscarf tied sleeves (£119.99, mango.com).

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