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Outerwear trends for autumn/winter 2016

December 4, 2016

Choosing the perfect winter coat can sometimes feel like a huge task. Many of us want to buy something that is versatile, practical and goes with a variety of outfits. Vintage fashion offers plenty of must have items for the chilly months ahead and you’ll find many styles for autumn/winter 2016 have vintage inspirations. From 90s inspired grunge examples to 70s shearling winter jackets, this season is heavily influenced by a bygone era and it’s really easy to get authentic outerwear that is perfectly on trend.


There are several key looks created for the new season and there are a variety of styles to match with your outerwear choices. Coats are far from the drab dark examples of previous years and high street examples have seen anything from elegant tailored examples to the hot trend for the season, the puffa jacket.

There is so much choice so we have provided the key outerwear trends for autumn/winter 2016 to help you choose your favourite styles:

Classic tailored styles

This is the perfect style for wearing over workwear and evening wear. Some shorter styles also look fabulous with denim too. Classic tailored coats have been given a new lease of life with retailers experimenting with colours to brighten up gloomy days. Vintage coats capture the spirit of this trend with several vibrant examples including oranges, green, pink and yellow. Another catwalk example from Valentino for autumn/winter 2016 featured the trench coat. This tailored yet utilitarian look offers a glamorous outerwear trend, perfect over evening wear.

outerwear - 1960s Herringbone Tweed Coat

1960s Herringbone Tweed Coat

Faux fur styles

Fur inspired looks have always been popular in winter months and choosing a faux fur coat can be a big task. This statement style can be tricky to style but teaming with glamorous evening wear will always create an on trend look.


Faux fur trims on outerwear are always a winner and were showcased in several catwalk collections throughout the season. The trend provides exaggerated elegance and is ideal on those winter days.

outerwear - Fur trim vintage coast

Fur trim vintage coast

Captivating cape styles

Capes were a big trend for autumn/winter 2016 and were featured in collections such as Temperley London. Beautiful detailing and elegant layering created a show stopping outerwear look. They are perfect for keeping warm and pairing with day and evening looks.

Victorian Oriental inspired lace cape

Victorian Oriental inspired lace cape

Quilted/Puffa styles

This style is a feature of the revived 90’s outerwear trends for autumn/winter 2016. There are several quilted examples available that can create the sports luxe trend and are perfect for practicality and comfort. An example was Balenciaga’s layered puffa jacket in the autumn/winter collection. This style is also great for casual on trend looks on those cooler days. The are many vintage styles to choose from and with lots of colours, cuts and fabrics available, so you are sure to find your perfect on trend puffa outerwear for AW16.

Burberry Quilted Jacket

Burberry Quilted Jacket

Outerwear – The parka trend

Parka jackets have been a popular choice for outerwear for the past few seasons and even the warmer months have seen lighter jacket examples in stores. The new season is no exception with several collections providing the iconic style parka with perfectly fluffy trim for extra style and warmth. Vintage again offers an ideal option for your outerwear purchases with a selection of authentic pieces giving a unique look.

Leather jackets

From deconstructed oversized examples to the trim shorty biker jacket, leather jackets are another key look for the season. Perfectly complementing the 90s inspired styles for autumn/winter 2016, this iconic fashion item is a favourite for day to evening wear.

70s leather jacket

70s leather jacket

Outerwear – Shearling coats

Autumn always lends itself to 70s inspired styles and as we transition into winter this trend doesn’t look to be heading anywhere fast. As showcased on the catwalk at the MSGM show, the shearling coat is a must have for the chilly months. This vintage inspired design offers a cosy and versatile look. It’s also great to recreate an authentic 70s look with autumnal colours and flared jeans.

70s waistcoat

70s waistcoat

Outerwear – Denim jackets

This fashion favourite is always being revived time and time again. Once a big fashion faux pas, denim on denim is making a quirky comeback. It’s not just for the flamboyant amongst us, this trend if styled in the right way can look chic and fashionable without looking like Bewitched (90s pop band). Check out our ultimate ways to wear this big season comeback:

70s Lee western style jacket

70s Lee western style jacket

Colour Pop

To really make your denim jacket stand out, pair your outfit with a splash of colour on your accessories. Bright, bold colours always fit well with darker denims and create an eye-catching on trend style.

Outerwear –  Street Style

A big favourite this season has seen the denim dungarees make an appearance on the catwalks and onto our high streets and fits perfectly with your denim look top to toe. Vintage dungarees and jackets make the perfect 90s look with an original twist.

Two Tone

For the daring out there, a big look is wearing different tones of denim and matching with statement accessories. A fabulous denim jacket and skinny roll up jeans creates the perfect casual to party outfit in statement style.

90’s Vibe

A huge trend for AW16 is 90’s rebel and double denim fits perfectly into this look. Create the on trend vibe with high-waisted jeans and splashes of washed out denim for the ultimate 90’s chic.

Avant garde

Print and embroidered denim is another fabulous trend for autumn/winter 2016. Gucci showcased recent catwalk examples. Their floral jeans were a work of art and had been painted by hand for ultimate individualism. This great example offers you the chance to create reworked pieces with authentic denim jackets. You can add a touch of unique creativity to your wardrobe and create the perfect vintage outerwear piece for the season.