Bundle up against the winter cold in colourful, luxurious coats

A winter white coat with princess styling (Jacob, $169, jacob.ca) and an infinity scarf (Jacob,...

A winter white coat with princess styling (Jacob, $169, jacob.ca) and an infinity scarf (Jacob, $39, jacob.ca) looks fresh and chic. (Supplied)

Heather Toskan, Special to QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:48 AM ET

Go bold or go home. After fall's torrential downpours, grey skies, bitter winds and falling temperatures, you’re more than ready to cozy up to a new, brightly coloured winter coat.

Bold and boxy structured silhouettes, seen in coats designed by Celine, Max Mara, Acne and others, take inspiration from the past in lengths ranging from short to long.

“There are definitely retro influences in my current collection…which includes classic-cut coats, double-breasted wrap coats, voluminous shapes with big hoods…and belted styles,” says Bojana Sentaler, creative director of Sentaler, a Toronto-based outerwear brand.

Much of the season’s outerwear marches to a military beat, with double-breasted pea and trench coats pulling rank in designer collections at home and abroad.

Lush materials and fur trim soften the look of many outerwear pieces, including those designed with a military inspired bent.

“Removable faux fur collars are important this season and add a touch of chic that completely transforms the look of a coat from simple to elegant,” says Cristelle Basmaji, a national style expert for Jacob.

While military and boxy menswear-inspired styles are top outerwear trends, simple flowing silhouettes with interesting embellishments are also important.

“There’s a definite return to simpler silhouettes in coats with greater focus on fabric texture, bold colour and interesting notions,” says Wesley Badanjak, the Toronto-based fashion designer of Lovas Wesley Badanjak.

Bold colours include vibrant cobalt blue, bright red and the unexpected brightness of winter white.

Neutral shades of camel and grey have staying power, while earthy shades of wine and maroon vie with black for top neutral status.

Popular warm tones include loden green and burnt orange.

“Red and camel are the two most important coat colours this season. These fun yet timeless colours are easy to integrate into your wardrobe,” says Basmaji.

Down puffer coats with a stylish, slightly sporty vibe, cocoon-shaped coats, flowing capes and leather coats in all the latest silhouettes are among the many other cold-weather offerings.

Look for special notions such as fur trim, toggles and buckles translate on both fabric and leather outerwear.

“Leathers are frilled with removable fur trimmings and patches on top of shoulders, as well as with zip-away fur pockets…Subtle embellishments like snaps, buckles and sliders are treasured accents,” says Evik Asatoorian, the Montreal-based creative leader and owner of Rudsak.

Other leather outerwear novelties include leather combined with materials like chino and nylon in mixed hues.

If you’d like to go with the flow, capes are a popular option that can be layered over other sweaters and jackets for warmth.

“Capes have been rising in fashion in the last couple of years and this season women are becoming very comfortable with them. They (capes) are so different and make such a fashion statement,” notes Sentaler.

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