Start with the silhouette

I love a good coat, it can make a pretty average outfit look amazing by just adding some colour, pattern or a luxe fabric. It can completely change your look and the way you feel. It can also be a good way to hide a scruffy outfit or if your feeling a little heavy!

Here are my top picks from the M&S autumn collection “I love coats, but cut is everything,” with these coats you can look chic in a smart style and add stylish extras like notched lapels and tailored seams for extra wow. It’s easy to see what I mean from the photos.

Available in camel or on-trend red, a longline wool-rich coat offers great value per wear. Slip on over workwear or jeans by day, and pair with a satin dress and ankle boots for evening

Add personality with details

When choosing an investment coat, it’s worth noting that it doesn’t need to be classic to have style mileage: what matters is what works for you.

No stranger to fearless style myself, here’s how to pull off a high-shine bomber jacket with a chunky-knit jumper and pleated skirt. Similarly, you can inject flair with this look with a graphic (houndstooth print).

Citing a “really sharp, straight black coat” is my favourite shape of all time, here’s a utilitarian spin on a sleek, water-resistant jacket. After all, a coat that looks chic come rain or shine is the ultimate wardrobe companion.

Choose wow-factor fabrics

A key trend for autumn (and beyond), a plush coat is the ideal day-to-night piece, elevating any outfit in an instant. This season, tactile textures take centre stage, with finishes ranging from subtle to statement.

My tip for standing out from the crowd? “Make a bold statement with proportions or fabric.” This eye-catching tweed jacket (In main picture) fits the bill perfectly with its catwalk-inspired design and unexpected colour palette.

I would invest in several coats if I could, and have many wardrobes, so it’s no wonder I have made a beeline for the luxe faux furs on offer. “I love a standout piece and these faux furs are gorgeous!!