Blanket Coats are a Fall Trend Because Apparently We Want To Take Our Snuggies Outside

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Model Cara Delevingne walks the runway at the Burberry Prorsum show at London Fashion Week AW14 at Perks Fields, Kensington Gardens on February 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
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Well folks, it appears as though blankets rule the runway. That's right, blanket coats are to be the go-to outerwear pieces for the upcoming Fall/Winter season. Burberry's Fall show featured the one-and-only Cara Delevingne rocking a monogrammed version of the company's Check Wool and Cashmere Blanket Poncho. Did she make me want my very own? Yeah, okay maybe just a little bit. But she could probably sell potato sacks, so I'm not trusting anything Ms. Delevingne wears

So I had to step back and think. When it comes to fashion, I can be pretty lazy, so at first this trend was warmly welcomed. I envisioned myself in yoga pants, an oversized tee, bunny slippers, and my favorite old fleece throw, skipping off to the mall or wherever I damn-well-pleased because, hey, this outfit is en vogue now! But then I realized that probably the only way the blanket-coat trend would work as actual outerwear is paired with dressier pieces. Otherwise, at best, it's just pajama-chic

But the whole point of wearing a blanket out is if I can't be bothered with real clothes. And with Burberry's version retailing at almost $1400, that could just as easily be any old throw blanket wrapped around my shoulders. I wanted to see if there were any other options for this trend that look like more than just a semi-repurposed blanket, especially for that price tag. Here's what I found:

This one from Isabel Marant unfortunately just looks kind of like an old bathrobe a la Johnny Depp in Secret Window.


I appreciate that this one from Chloé has a little more structure, but it still kind of reminds me of those vests you have to wear at the dentist when they X-ray your teeth.

I actually like this one from Stella McCartney because I think it better captures the relaxed vibe I get from the idea of blanket-coats. However, I still don't see this as an investment piece. 

There might be some promise for this trend, but I think it's just that — a trend. It won't last long enough for me to justify participating in any way other than wearing the blankets I already own around the house. I don't see blanket coats being added to the vault alongside Burberry's immortalized trench coat anytime soon. 

Images: Getty Images; Isabel Marant Ibo Caftan Coat $1,380; Chloé Alpaca-blend Blanket Cape $4,695; Stella McCartney Houndstooth Wool Blanket Coat $3,040

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