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The best raglan coats of Autumn Winter ’18

Your new season wardrobe should start with a cracking coat

After months of sweltering heat, the weather is finally approaching something we’re more familiar with. I for one am grateful for it – a sentence I never thought I’d write back in May. It’s time to finally crack out our cold weather threads; chunky knits in rich earthy tones; elephant corduroys; the ultimate winter coat. The last of which is possibly going to be your most expensive investment piece of the season, and rightly so. But where to start? For Autumn Winter ‘18, the classic raglan coat has emerged as a firm favourite in the trend stakes.

The distinct style, with its diagonal seam from underarm to collarbone, is named after Lord Raglan, who is said to have worn this type of sleeve after losing his arm in the Battle of Waterloo. This season, the style has been made popular again by many covetable brands, probably due to its relaxed fit, soft silhouette and roomy shape. Whether it’s a traditional raincoat or a robust wool overcoat, the Raglan is a reassuringly adaptable design, whether it’s thrown over a formal suit or layered up over softer casual pieces, the world’s your oyster.

1. Private White V.C. ‘The Ventile’ Harrington jacket

Private White V.C. understands the versatility of a well-constructed coat, and this Harrington assures both functionality and style. Made in the brand’s Manchester factory, Private White V.C. has reimagined the classic Harrington jacket in practical 100 per cent weatherproof fabric. It’s the ideal outwear for this time of year, when it feels the weather can’t decide what it wants to do next. The raglan sleeve design not only looks good, but also maximises comfort and ease of movement when driving or running for that bus. Keep the jacket casual and simple with a fine rollneck and slim tailored trousers, or denim and a pair of classic desert boots for that authentic Sixties vibe.

£395, shop now 

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2. Aquascutum ‘Corby’ double breasted trenchcoat

Aquascutum is built on almost 200 years of exceptional outwear, with a particular focus on rainwear, the name Aquascutum comes from the Latin for ‘water-shield’, after all. The ‘Corby’ trenchcoat appears traditional in its details, yet offers up a neat contemporary style. The shower-proof cotton gabardine, roomy raglan sleeves and double-breasted belted cut are inspired by functional military design, for which Aquascutum is well-known. A classic piece for wet and chilly autumn days, this trench can be layered over your business suit, or adapted for weekends with a pair of comfy cords, boots and a favourite woolly knit for pub visits and dog walks.

£750, shop now 

3. Burberry patch pocket car coat

When new Burberry’s new Chief Creative Officer, Riccardo Tisci, launched his much-anticipated first collection for the brand earlier this week, fans let out a collective sigh of relief. With heritage pieces reworked with sharp modern cuts, and the Burberry check at the collection’s forefront, it represented an all-new vision for the brand that’s still firmly anchored in its historic style blueprint. A select number of pieces were made available to buy immediately after the runway show, including this classic car coat. Cut from weatherproof cotton gabardine, a fabric invented by Thomas Burberry back in 1879, the oversized shape distills the essence of Burberry, with its practical storm flaps and vented sides. Team with tapered trousers to keep your outfit’s proportions balanced, thick soled boots and a dark green rollneck or double-breasted brown wool suit.

£1,690, shop now

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4. Mackintosh overcoat

Mackintosh has long been revered for its excellent construction of weather-resistant coats, thanks to a rainproof manufacturing process that goes back to the 19th century. It’s a brand that understands the value of traditional craftsmanship and, with new Creative Director Kiko Konstantinov at the helm, it looks set to usher in a new era of understated technical outerwear. The classic Mackintosh shape, clean and lean, lends itself to this raglan sleeve design, while the single breasted fit gives a more relaxed fit and the cuff straps add traditional detailing. The light lining ensures this drapes with clean soft lines, and will feel comfortable and practical over heavy winter essentials such as chunky Aran sweaters and pleated wool trousers.

£695, shop now

5. Gieves & Hawkes raglan overcoat

Owning one of the most prestigious addresses in London – No.1 Savile Row – has made this Royal Warrant brand an authority on tailored outerwear. This elegant raglan coat is a key piece this season. It’s cut in a heavy checked wool that was woven in Scotland by Johnston’s of Elgin. The raglan seams allow the coat to hug the natural shape of the shoulders, and hangs with a soft clean drape over either formal tailoring or over more casual pieces. The brown tone and bold check tick off two of this season’s most prominent trends, while the half-belt back detail and deep back vent add to its classic credentials. Pair with a rich burgundy rollneck and a sharply cut suit with monkstrap shoes, or dress down with a chambray shirt and knitted tie, navy wool trousers and chestnut brown Chelsea boots.

£1,195, shop now