Fashion: It's a wrap

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This season, coats sweep to the floor in swirling cashmere, or button up modestly in double-breasted cotton. Whatever the shape, white is the colour that lets it speak for itself. Take a bold line for winter in the cool hues of ice, of snow, of cream

Above: white cotton coat, pounds 249, by Joseph, available from 26 Sloane Street, SW1 (enq: 0171 590 6200); 77 Fulham Road, SW3 (enq: 0171 823 9500); 81 King Street, Manchester (enq: 0161 839 0059)

Left: cream cashmere coat, pounds 2,329; cream cashmere polo-neck, pounds 695; cream wool-blend skirt, pounds 495, all by Ralph Lauren, 143 New Bond Street, W1 (enq: 0171 491 4967). Hogan white plimsolls, stylist's own

Above and below: cream wool coat, pounds 650; white cotton trousers, pounds 170, both by Helmut Lang, available from Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge (enq: 0171 581 9927). Hogan plimsolls, as before

Left: cream wool coat, pounds 548, white cotton-mix sheer long sleeve top, pounds 157, both by Strenesse, available from Selfridges, Oxford Street, W1 (enq: 0171 287 6767). Burlington cream cotton socks, pounds 5.99, available from John Lewis (enq: 0171 580 8355). Hogan plimsolls, as before

Cream double-breasted cotton coat, pounds 810, by Jil Sander, available from Browns, 23-27 South Molton Street, W1 (enq: 0171 491 7833). Hogan plimsolls, as before