Winter Must-Haves: Boots and Coats

4 November 2016

by Isabelle Ohnemus

Winter Must-Haves: Boots and Coats

Photo: Mary Rozzi/ Fall 2016 Look Book

What to wear now the sun has disappeared? Read on for our AW16 boots and coats round-up.


Sophisticated Coats and Boots

The pea coat is back. The staple silhouette for the outerwear market has been absent from the trend-led set in recent seasons, yet makes its way back into assortments with a refresh. Nipped and cropped versions play into the layering effect. Choose directional appeal with styles featuring Sherpa qualities. Colour-wise, classic navy and fresh pinks are hot, with grey tones picking up pace. Léa Nielsen lofficiel paris/ AW16

Photo: Léa Nielsen lofficiel paris/ AW16 

Wear with ankle boots. Rising for the past couple of seasons, shaft heights on ankle boots creep closer to the calf (seen in both single sole and platform styles).

On trend: Borrowing from the men

With feminine and romantic trends leading the pack, tailored menswear pieces offer the perfect counterpart. Cover your floral dress or pussy-bow blouse with assorted pieces, smartly cut. Classic Crombie styles offer the dominant direction and are cropped at the knee this season. For the more directional dresser, maxi lengths speak volumes. Jaeger/WGSN

Photo: Jaeger/ WGSN 

Play with proportion in knee high boots. The style emerges for AW16; particularly notable is the slouchy silhouette with pointy toes, crafted in both patent and smooth leathers.

Modernist Style Sports Boots and Coats

In line with the popularity of street looks, the urban boot is significant for now. Think extra thick soles in black rubber with utility elements lending a sporty edge, in the form of corded laces and eyelets. If you’re a fan of the Urban Streets trend this season, then opt for a buckle and stud combination to the side of your boots. Alexander Wang/AW16

Photo: Alexander Wang/AW16 

Sportswear continues to gain relevance, now reworking a retro-inspired track look. Tracksuit jackets and even puffa coats are relevant in tomato red, metallic grey or forest green. Inspired by youth streetwear influences, 1990s puffa jackets are a cold weather must-have. Boxy sports inspired shapes allow experimentation with quirky hi-lo styling. A zipped polo neck on your AW16 coat or a contrast stripe, are the details to invest in.

Historical Romanticism Trend

If you’re tapping into the Historical Romanticism trend then large gem-embellished buckles work on boots this season. In fact, buckles are an important decorative and functional component, seen in all shapes and sizes across AW16 footwear. Seductive corsetry lacing taps into the romantic trend too. Lace-up fastenings, whether crossover or straight, update the trend with subversively sexy undertones. Try it on otherwise formal boots for a modern appeal. Prada/AW16

Photo: Prada/AW16 

Velvet is having a moment. The plush fabric, always unexpected on footwear, is the emerging trend to note, fitting neatly within the season’s romance and history themes. Add to its opulence with luxurious quilting, embellishment and embroidery. When it comes to coats, a wide lapelled style complements this trend. Adding interest to classic coats, choose traditional wool, a simple cut, textured yarns or brushed checks. Soft greys or bottle green are a seasonal colour choice.


Grunge Lounge Boots and Coats

This trend brings together worn-to-death pieces with rock ‘n’ roll rebel attitude. The floor-skimming maxi coat is seen on the runway from Topman Design to Alexander McQueen in separate guises, featuring utility styling. There’s the romance of the thrift-store find, in heavy fabrics recalling soft furnishings. Topman Design/ AW16

Photo: Topman Design/ AW16 

  Top off the look with the ubiquitous work boot, updated with flat matte-leather finishes and mixed material uppers for a functional, minimalistic look. Returning this season, the monkey boot is refreshed with a more detailed upper and lacing to the toe. Lastly, stacked soles and heels replace the wedge lifts of recent seasons.

Moving on from the military trend

The work boot evolves from the military trend of last year to a gentrified key item. Embellished tailored brogue boots make this a more formal option, whilst directional details such as sport or wedge soles are on trend. Pair with the belted coat; both military and minimalist looks denote structured, tailored designs. Cinched with fabric or leather belts (seen at Jil Sander), slouchier fits are in.

military men



Classic meets casual

For AW16, Chelsea boots have a more casual slant. Rubber uppers, chunky cleated soles and worn leathers update the classic item for the causal wardrobe. The same can be said for the Crombie coat, which this season has a slouchy silhouette and experimental texture. At J Crew, a slightly oversized fit with rounded shoulders gives the traditional piece the most directional edge. J.Crew/ AW16

Photo: J.Crew/ AW16 


Colour Pop

Brighten things up with coloured laces. Bright tones and contrasting shades add interest to staid boot styles, updating repeat silhouettes. For a traditional hiking look, choose bold, bright colours on multi-coloured, patterned laces or round woven ones. Alternatively, keep it simple yet dramatic with bright laces on a black boot. Bally/ WGSN

Photo: Bally/ WGSN 

Unexpected colouration also offers newness on wool pea coats – a key outerwear piece for AW16. Styles appear in earthy and sand tones, gold moss and navy. Oversized lapels are a strong detail to note, with Banana Republic championing a smart-casual aesthetic with layering.

Dark Protection Trend

A stealthy anti-hero in shadowy silhouettes appears cocooned against the elements in new coat and jacket shapes. Hidden tech and ergonomic features help navigate the urban landscape. Layers of sheen black and matte black offer a tech look with zip details. Fashion Trends 70s Style Menswear/ The Fashionisto

Photo: Fashion Trends 70s Style Menswear/ The Fashionisto 

The zip is popular this winter, especially on Chelsea boots. The zipper ankle boot is a much more sophisticated, sleeker boot than the biker. Shaped to fit the form of the ankle, it works best in polished or patent black. The style takes its influence from the 1960s Beatle boot but sports a stack rather than Cuban heel. Wear with your black cocoon coat for street meets smart. That’s your coat and boot styles for winter, wrapped up.