I Couldn’t Be Happier That This Season’s ‘Must Have’ Is The Glorious Pink Coat

I love the liberating concept that something you wear every day for months and that can sit in your wardrobe for years if you choose wisely can come in such a joyous colour
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I love the liberating concept that something you wear every day for months and that can sit in your wardrobe for years if you choose wisely can come in such a joyous colour

So I may only have written about pink fashion a mere three months ago, but whatever, the fashion gods have decreed that it’s the shade of the coming season and that’s all the excuse I need to delve back into that rosy world again.

Trying on a beautiful pink coat at the Hobbs AW/13 press day

Trying on a beautiful pink coat at the Hobbs AW/13 press day

Rather delightfully, the key pink piece for autumn/winter 2013 is a coat – isn’t that wonderful? We’re constantly told that coats are ‘investment pieces’ – as if that should mean that they must come in a boring sensible shade like black, navy, camel or grey – so I love the liberating concept that something you wear every day for months and that can sit in your wardrobe for years if you choose wisely can come in such a joyous colour.

Because pink is joyous – set aside the nauseating sexist clichéd connotations (of which there are many, and don’t get me started on how frustrating it is that most baby girl clothes are sickly pastel pink, and girls’ toys too) - and focus on the fact that in the depths of our endless winters, a rush of blush pink or fuchsia will surely lift the spirits.

I know if you opt for a coat in rose or marshmallow these will be vulnerable to daily grub – travelling on public transport isn’t kind to pale shades – but I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist, despite the impracticality.

Designers ranging from Simone Rocha to Carven, Celine, Mulberry and Miu Miu showed pink coats, but unhelpfully most were styled with bare legs - this is one of my personal fashion bugbears. Any outfit is going to look completely different when worn with tights in the real world, so why not style it like that on the model or shop mannequin in the first place?! Urghh, annoying.

Anyway. Nifty colour combos include pink and grey (tights), or pink and navy (skinny jeans) or even... pink and red! I know! Well why not?

Let's take a stroll into fantasy-land for a moment with some choice designer specimens, starting with one of my favourite labels, Carven. I do believe this pale pink beauty has a heart cut-out collar. I have no words.

Carven oversized coat, £615.46, farfetch.com

Carven oversized coat, £615.46, farfetch.com

There is something incredibly cool about a mannish coat in hot pink. This one's from Joseph and would look incredible with tailored trousers and brogues.

Joseph ‘Man’ coat, £550, farfetch.com

Joseph ‘Man’ coat, £550, farfetch.com

There was plenty of this sugar pink in Simone Rocha's AW13 show. It's bubblegum-cute, but somehow edgy at the same time.

Simone Rocha wafer-mesh coat, £810, net-a-porter.com

Simone Rocha wafer-mesh coat, £810, net-a-porter.com

So. Back to reality. I'd forgotten how good La Redoute could be for seriously affordable fashion that you probably won't see anyone else wearing because it's a little bit off the beaten track. How sweet is this double breasted princess coat? If it's making your teeth hurt, add some edge with a pair of flats - brogues or boots.

Straight Double Breasted Round Neck Lined Coat, £35.60, laredoute.co.uk

Straight Double Breasted Round Neck Lined Coat, £35.60, laredoute.co.uk

Oh Zara, I can always rely on you to 'interpret' (ahem) the catwalk trends so beautifully. The styling in both these looks is spot on: balance out that pastel prissiness with tough ankle boots and minimal hair and make-up for Celine-worthy style.

Zara Masculine Studio Overcoat, £179 and short woollen overcoat, £79.99, zara.com

Zara Masculine Studio Overcoat, £179 and short woollen overcoat, £79.99, zara.com

Personally, I'd probably wear, y'know, some trousers or a skirt on my bottom half to accompany Boden's amazing hot pink Mia cropped coat, but do feel free to whip your hair back and forth while wearing it.

Boden Mia coat, £149, boden.co.uk

Boden Mia coat, £149, boden.co.uk

Again with the bare legs, but we'll forgive French Connection because their modestly-named 'Gorgeous' coat is the perfect balance of twee and tough and I could as easily imagine wearing it with skinny jeans and Chelsea boots as a little black dress.

French Connection Glorious Wool Oversized Coat, £175, frenchconnection.com

French Connection Glorious Wool Oversized Coat, £175, frenchconnection.com