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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.

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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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