Under Wraps

Few fashion pieces ascend to icon status. But the robe coat, in all its feminine, flattering and eternally stylish glory, is an elite member of that exclusive club. Beloved by everyone from business executives to royals to the Hollywood set, the timeless topper is a surefire fashion hit.

Its defining detail, the belted waist, is the key ingredient that transforms the piece of winter wear into a cold weather wardrobe essential. A seemingly small detail, it singlehandedly holds the secret to why this silhouette is so successful.

Loosely tied, the coat channels a refined yet relaxed look. Imagine it paired with chunky knit turtlenecks, cashmere crewnecks and cozy, light layers. Knotted, however, it creates a sophisticated hourglass shape that elevates any outfit. Even jeans, flannel and sweat sets feel instantly dressed up.

This season, look to labels like Sentaler, Cinzia Rocca, Mackage, Fabiana Filippi and Max Mara who have perfected this classic coat. Each with their own spin – ribbed sleeves, shawl collars, dramatic lengths, jet-puffed – they prove that there is a wrap coat to suit every style.

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