Click to expand. Swipe / click left & right to navigate. BRIGHT SPOT Getting the blues can be a good thing with pieces like this richly hued coat, which will ensure its wearer stands out tastefully in a sea of dark outerwear. Wool coat, cotton shirt and wool trousers, from Shanghai Tang. HIGH CONTRAST Black coats can be somewhat anonymous. Prada gives its version a little edge, with deconstructed elements such as a layered collar in stark white. Wool coat, cotton shirt, wool trousers and leather shoes, from Prada. NEXT LEVEL Tone-on-tone details and silk subtly elevate grey outerwear, and keep even a largely monochromatic palette looking interesting. Ermenegildo Zegna Couture silk coat, cotton shirt, silk trousers and leather shoes, from Ermenegildo Zegna. IT'S A BREEZE Modern classics such as a close-fitting double-breasted jacket get an unexpected sporty update, courtesy of a pair of tall riding-style boots. Wool coat, cashmere top, cashmere trousers, leather boots and wool scarf, from Bottega Veneta. LINEAR THINKING For those with taller frames, a beautifully cut knee-length coat can create an elegant long line and add tailored polish to more casual pieces. Wool coat, cashmere sweater, wool trousers and leather sneakers, from Berluti. FOR ALL ELEMENTS Waterproof gear does not have to make you look like you're about to go hiking. This waxed-wool field jacket looks sharp – whatever the weather. Ermenegildo Zegna Couture waxed-wool coat, cotton shirt, wool trousers and wool tie, from Ermenegildo Zegna. MIXED INFLUENCES Contrary to what some think, the suit isn't dead. But we like breaking it up with casual pieces, such as a bold sweater and a sporty-looking coat. Polyester coat, wool blazer, wool sweater and wool trousers, from Carolina Herrera. Leather shoes, from Tod's. THE NEW EASY Fuse formal and casual in fresh ways: A safari-inspired form puts a sporty spin on a wool coat, while a denim-like finish gives wool trousers casual ease. Wool coat, cashmere sweater, wool trousers and leather shoes, from Brunello Cucinelli. IN THE DARK An all-black palette enhances the sense of streamlined sophistication in this mix of longer pieces (a calf-length coat, high boots). Wool-blend coat, cashmere pullover, cashmere trousers, leather boots and rabbit-felt hat, from Bottega Veneta.