six of the best knee-length coats

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1 Warehouse, pounds 120 A brilliant shape that looks quite luxurious. The wide collar and deep pockets give it a Seventies feel. Can be worn belted or unbelted. Those dedicated followers of fashion will know that camel is still a hot colour in many stores so a wide variety of styles are available. From branches of Warehouse nationwide. Enquiries: 0181-910 1400

2 Oasis, pounds 89.99 Lemon yellow long line jacket with double pocket. Light enough to be worn with nothing underneath or can be teamed with a matching shift dress, pencil skirt or trousers from Oasis. The double pocket hints at an old style Crombie, although the colour and cut are feminine. Also available in black. From Oasis, 292 Regent Street, W1 and selected branches. Enquiries: 0171-436 0474

3 Betty Jackson, pounds 499. Wool and mohair mix bristle-hair coat. This double- breasted jacket is softened by the details of gathers at the shoulder and the back. This bright orange version offers a refreshing shot of colour for those of us who get drab over winter, but it also comes in grey, for those who don't. From Betty Jackson, 311 Brompton Road, London SW3. Enquiries: 0171-589 7884

4 Hobbs, pounds 169.99 A natty little raspberry coat in 100 per cent wool. This has a very flattering shape, which will suit most people, and comes both in pastel and bright shades. The rounded collars and gilt buttons give it a slightly Queen Mum appeal. Altogether very smart, and practical, too. From branches of Hobbs nationwide. Enquiries: 0171-586 5550

5 Sportmax, pounds 358 Single-breasted coat with fake fur collar, in 80 per cent wool and 20 per cent nylon. Very warm and sensuous, it comes in a beautiful watery blue. This winter's coats are either soft pastel, vibrant brights or camel. Now is not the time to be buying safe, your winter coat should be a show stopper. From branches of Whistles and Selfridges. Enquiries: 0171-287 3434

6 Jigsaw, pounds 145 Pastel pink wool-mix coat with a deep collar. A flattering shape that gently scoops in at the waist. This jacket is both neat and warm enough to cut out the winter chill. From Jigsaw branches nationwide. Enquiries: 0181-878 8443

Photographs: Andrew Lamb Stylist: Charlie Harrington