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Trend Alert; The Coatigan

October 15, 2012

When Le Catch blogger Marlien Rentmeester chatted about the coatigan on her blog last week I knew she was onto something. I also wondered what the heck a coatigan was and if it was the same as a sweater coat, or if this was the beginning of something new.

coatigan trend

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Coatigans clockwise from the top:

1. ISABEL MARANT ETOILE ‘Odelia’ Cardigan Coat

2. VINCE Nutmeg leather trim sweater coat

3. TOPSHOP Throw On Boucle Coatigan

4. Pringle Of Scotland KNIT CARDIGAN COAT

5. See by Chloe Leather-trimmed wool coat

6. Isabel Marant Bradley striped knitted cardi-coat


8. Mart The Commoner Coat camel

9. Just Female Wool Funnel Coat

10. River Island Aztec Coatigan

11. River Island Marl Coatigan With Leather Look Trim

While researching this post I noticed a distinct difference between the coatigan and the sweater coat.

The sweater coat has been popular for a few seasons and is a more casual style that looks very sweater-like. The sweater is elongated and drapey so that it can be thrown over an outfit much like a coat. It is also tends to be obviously knitted.

The coatigan on the other hand especially from far away looks like a coat. It has a more solid structure and coat like details (double breasted and leather trims). It isn’t until you get close up you can tell it is a sweater and this could be due to a finer gauge knit or that it is boiled wool or boucle.

Of the two the coatigan gives an air of sophistication.

Add it to the want list ladies; The Coatigan.

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  • Catherine
    October 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

    The coatigan – I LOVE it! My office is FREEZING all year long, so these would be very handy for me!

    • toshopohlic
      October 15, 2012 at 11:33 am

      You know I never end thought about how awesome they would be for the office (hellow mommy brain!). But they are definitely a great alternative to a blazer – so much more cozy!

  • Fashion Confessions of a Mommy
    October 16, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I had never heard of that term ‘coatigan’ great comparisons.

    Visiting from Monday MIngle.

  • Kristin
    October 22, 2012 at 12:28 am

    And you just added another thing to my wish list!

    • toshopohlic
      October 22, 2012 at 7:59 am

      I know right?! I want one too.