Street Style Day 2 - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin A/W 2017
Christian Vierig

A good coat is hard to find, as anyone who's ever spent a fraught Saturday desperately hunting for the one will know. It needs to fit seamlessly into your everyday wardrobe, toning with a myriad of clashing prints, colours and trends. It also has to take you from Monday morning meetings to Friday night drinks, negotiating the sartorial minefield that is your work/life balance in between.

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To avoid any peacoat-related pitfalls and find out which new season styles we should be shopping right now, we spoke to stylist to get her pro tips.

1. Think with your feet

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"When buying a new coat, you want it to work with 80% of your wardrobe and be very flattering," Kate tells us. "Think about what works with your shoe collection. As a stylist I’m often in trainers as I spend all day on my feet, so I want a coat that works with trainers as well as smarter shoes and heels. Something really versatile but still stylish - like a tailored camel Crombie coat."

2. Buy it when you see it

We know it's been hard to even look at a faux-fur during our Indian summer, but the hottest high street looks sell out early, so you need to be prepared to shop whatever the weather. Kate advises: "Buy your winter coat as soon as you find one you love, to get the most wear out of it. If you buy it early and temperatures dip in the evening, you can throw it on over a slip dress and heels."

3. Channel '70s glam rockers

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This season, coats are feeling those '70s vibes. Shearling, animal print, patent and camel are all making a comeback. Kate adds: "Boiled wool 'granny' styles in bright patterns were all over the catwalks - perfect if you want a statement style this winter. Other micro-trends include contrasting coloured collars, longline styles and yellow, which, along with red, is one of the colours of the season (and should be worn with white, not black.)" In other words, it's time to layer up like a '70s rockstar.

4. Don't size up

If you want to wear your chunky Ganni knits under your coat, you should size up, right? Actually, no. "Sizing up will mean the coat doesn’t sit properly on your shoulders and will add unnecessary bulk," Kate says. "Coats are designed to be worn over clothes. If you're wearing a chunky knit, a cocoon, cape or oversized, mannish style will sit nicely over it."

5. Consider doubling up

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"Doubling up your coats is very on trend again this season," Kate explains. "Choose two long-length styles (avoid bulky fabrics) and belt/button the first one before layering over the next one and leaving it undone. This season's cardigan coat is perfect for this trend. Layer it over longline leather for a Chanel-inspired look."

6. Choose pockets

Practicality has to come into it at some point and we draw the line at coats without pockets. Where else are you going to put your screwed up tissues, gloves, iPhone, old used train tickets?

7. Find your silhouette

"An overcoat with lapels is great for flattering bigger boobs and looks great draped over your shoulders at the start of the season," Kate advises. "A straight cut, smart coat is perfect for people who are petite as it streamlines you. To enhance your waist, avoid cocoon coats and faux fur and go for double-breasted and belted styles. Shearling, faux fur and bomber jackets are great for creating shape if you have a boyish frame. And if you have great legs, a cape over a mini is ideal for showing them off."

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