Coat shopping both excites me and stresses me out in equal measures - what style to go for, what colour to buy it in, what will it go with, etc etc. This season I've made my mind up to go for a coat in a masculine style, as seen all over the AW11 catwalks and one of the classic looks of the season. Look out for longer than normal length coats with a deep collar line (like the gorgeous blue Diane von Furstenburg one, below), oversized boxy blazer styles and anything with a simple cut to it and minimal fuss when it comes to detailing. Go for a classic black/navy or a block colour over prints and wear undone over almost anything.
My favourite is the cyan blue double-breasted ASOS number - the perfect colour injection for my wardrobe.
Diane von Furstenburg aw11
L-R ASOS £120, Warehouse £75, Dorothy Perkins £69, Topshop £75
Catwalk image from http://www.style.com/