Suddenly, everyone – well, everyone we want to be – is wearing a checked coat. Did we miss the memo? Is it National Checked Coat Day? It’s always National Something Day. As I type, it’s National Love Your Pet Day, though clearly whoever invented this occasion doesn’t have a dog who wakes up at 5am. But back to checked coats. The thing with a checked coat, it seems, is that it has to be of a very particular style so as to avoid connotations of frumpiness. Basically, avoid knee-length ones, shawl-collared ones, or anything with a belt. What you’re looking for is a simple dustercoat style, slightly oversized on the shoulder for those oh-so-fashionable mannish vibes. Furthermore, it should fall confidently to mid-calf.
A new coat in February might seem profligate, but some judicious sleuthing should throw up some bargains in the sales: certainly online, where most websites are still offering winter stock at discount. Be it in bold windowpane or subtler Prince of Wales, the best thing about a checked coat is that you’ve made your statement: keep your outfit simple underneath (jeans, a poloneck) and you’re good to go.
Warm, capacious, and worth it
By Malene Birger, Gritt Double-Breasted Plaid Brushed-Felt Coat, £480
The blue checks should certainly put some spring in your step
Mango, Checked Structured Coat, £119.99