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Checking out autumn coats: gentlewoman style

— by Alyson Walsh

Photos: Claire Pepper

Autumn has the best fabrics. Cop a feel of corduroy and velvet; cocoon yourself in cashmere and wool tweed. While summer is a time for wafty-ness, autumn is all about wrapping up warm in tactile layers. Even though I grew up on a council estate not a country estate, I absolutely love all the heritage fabrics and ‘landed gentry’ garb. Coco Chanel’s Duke of Westminster period, The Mitford Sisters marching about in brogues, Stella Tennant at home in Scotland (did you see the Sunday Times Style shoot by Martin Parr?) As part of the Know Your Seasonal Style series, here’s my pick of the best coats for autumn. For the first instalment I’ve focused on tweeds and chic-not-shouty colours, there’ll be a lighter-weight line up next week. This dog tooth check coat by Jigsaw is a not-too-heavy wool and has a lovely Gentlewomanly feel.

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As with other items loaned for the shoot, Jigsaw’s grown-up Gentlewoman coat has been returned to sender – but it’s a corker, selling out fast and still playing on my mind. The cords are actually dungarees from independent label Kate Sheridan. If you’re looking for a similar bib-free style, try & Other Stories, Boden and J.Crew or Bella Freud and Gabriela Hearst if you’ve got the money of a Mitford. The beautiful blue silk, floral print blouse is from LK Bennett and the shoes are my old Margaret Howell lace-ups, in desperate need of a lick of polish. Gold hoop earrings are by Dinny Hall.

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Autumn has the best fabrics. Cop a feel of corduroy and velvet; cocoon yourself in cashmere and wool tweed.