How to Style – A Statement Coat

At Leiden we don’t believe in buying something to wear once before leaving it to languish in your wardrobe, donating it to charity or (the horror) throwing it in the bin. We believe in being mindful about what you buy and making sure that your hard earned dollars are invested in pieces that you will wear again and again and again. Spend you money on good quality pieces that can last the distance; it’s better for your wallet and the environment.

One item that I like to invest is outerwear. I spend a lot of money on good quality coats that I look after and enjoy year after year. There has been one coat in particular that I have been dreaming about for a long time and after much deliberation I recently snapped it up on sale. It is this beautiful statement coat by Trelise Cooper that I got from Pink Ink Boutique in Canberra.

Here I have styled it four different ways (one is a bit racy as my nan would say) but I know I could have come up with a lot more.


Colour Clash


Coat: Trelise Cooper from Pink Ink

Top: Country Road

Skirt: Trelise Cooper from Baby Pink

Shoes: Chanel

Earrings: Rosie Windsor Jewels

Why it works: Whoever said blue and green should never be seen is silly. They look hot together. Sneakers and a simple white tee help turn what couple be a very dressy combo into something perfect for day.

Keepin it Real


Coat: Trelise Cooper from Pink Ink

Top: Brian Lichtenberg

Jeans: Seed Heritage

Shoes: MR by Manrepeller

Bag: Skinny Dip London

Sunglasses: Vintage

Belt: A piece of pink fabric

Why it Works: Blue and pink is always a winning combination. In order to dress this statement coat down for day time, we pared it with jeans, a slogan tee and cute accessories.

Lady Like


Coat: Trelise Cooper from Pink Ink

Dress: Vintage Karl Lagerfeld

Bag: Mimco

Shoes: Molly Goddard x Topshop

Why it works: Because this coat has got a lot going on (colour, print and embellishment) I paired it with a rich purple, single-hue dress with metallic accessories.  Lady-like and elegent, we think so.

Wild Card


Coat: Trelise Cooper from Pink Ink

Dress: Vintage Karl Lagerfeld

Why it Works: Now I don’t know if I would actually be brave enough to wear this coat as a dress. Actually yes I would. If you have a statement coat that you can get away with¬† dress! Do it! It’s liberating and a little but sexy.


Now go forth and style your favourite coat in as many different ways as you can!



Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.

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