So when did it suddenly get so cold? Autumn’s jackets are no longing holding up against the bitter January winds, and with the arrival of student loans, what better time to invest in a new coat?

The catwalk’s penchant for sharp tailoring and button embellishments, as seen at Michael Kors and Sonia Rykiel, assures us of one thing -the military trend is here to stay. Timeless, chic and silhouette defining – this classic cut makes for a great investment.

Equally iconic is the oh so ‘in’ cape coat – less of a statement piece, it allows accessories to take centre stage – let your creative juices flow when selecting thick-knit scarves, cosy mittens and snug bonnets to keep out the frost! Topping our wish-list are these steel grey fingerless gloves from La Redoute (£9) – cute and casual, they dress down even the smartest of coats.

And don’t let the dark winter days get you down – never before have coats been so colourful. Think bold, primary colours (avoiding FCUK’s somewhat offensive acid yellow creations…) with shiny brass fastenings to brighten your mood – race to Primark for this snazzy cherry red number – instant style at a pinch!

For the guys, the duffel’s making a big comeback this season, gracing the A/W 2009 shows with Paddington Bear-esque toggles, nodding to the nautical trend. For practical, comfy and effortless chic, head to Urban Outfitters who’s navy duffel is £79.99 in the sale! Colour-wise, allow the girls to shine, sticking to earthy and autumn hues of beige, brown and navy. Think you’re too macho for knitted accessories? Forecasted minus temperatures might force you to rethink…head to Topman for this understated cable-knit scarf (only £12). Alternatively, for the patriotic among us, dig out your college scarf.

Above all do not underestimate the air of sophistication that such bold coats bestow upon even the scruffiest of wearers – shoulder defining and waist nipping, they truly can disguise a multitude of sins.

So what with soldiers and marines joining their ranks, total Oxford domination is within our grasp…


Aimee:  Navy pea coat, Petit Bateau, £189; Cashmere scarf, Toast, £122; Long cream scarf, Republic; Fingerless Mittens, Toast, £24.47; Red Coat, FCUK, £140; Grey gloves, GAP, £19; Grey hat, American Eagle

Callum:  Check Jacket, Hollister; Black duffel, GAP, £109.50; Red scarf, GAP, £16.50; Grey scarf, H&M, £14.99

Models: Aimee Salata, Callum Tikly
Stylists: Julia Fitzpatrick, Nina Fitton

Photographer: Julia Fitzpatrick