When Is A Coat Not Just A Coat?

October 30, 2010 • Magazine

When Is A Coat Not Just A Coat?

When Is A Coat Not Just A Coat?

Mon, 2000-10-30 05:00

Andra Naylor

When it doubles as a cozy blanket.
And not only that, but this functional Navajo Cardigan by Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent is reversible — choose a primarily black or ivory two-tone depending on your mood. Knit from a blend of lambswool, viscose, cashmere and nylon, this sweater is hip yet comfy ($495 at shopbop.com).

When it’s as comfortable as pajamas…yet dramatic as any statement piece.
I adore Mara Hoffman’s Shawl Collar Wrap Coat ($660 at intermixonline.com). I just want to wrap up in it and weather the elements. Made of wool, angora and nylon, this jacket is cut thin and features a wide shawl collar. Throw it on over everything!

When its silhouette is inspired by a cocoon.
J. Crew’s Wool Cashmere Capella Coat ($298 at jcrew.com) is both luxurious and minimalistic. It’s the right shape for layering over your thickest winter sweaters, yet the tapered bottom is chic and slimming. Best yet, it comes in always classic, but ultra-hot-this-season camel, as well as ivory and black.

When it’s faux fur.
Tibi’s Belted Coat ($1,357 at my-wardrobe.com) has a distinctly vintage feel, yet is perfectly animal-friendly. I love the 3/4 length sleeves and attached brown belt with antique buckle. Pair the coat with denim or black leather – the faux fur is mauve and grey – a lovely topper for any outfit!

When it’s actually a cape.
Channel your inner Sherlock and opt for Rebecca Taylor’s Belted Wool-Blend Cape ($625 at net-a-porter.com). With a waist-cinching stitched leather belt and inner satin trim, this cape is pure sophistication. Wear over slim pants and pair with chic long gloves!

When it comes in a color called “harvested honey.”
Check out this golden hued jacket in deluxe Italian wool-blend at anthropologie.com ($398). With front pockets and shiny buttons, this coat is more than just outerwear. Accent with an oversized dark grey scarf and matching gloves.

1. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Reversible Navajo Blanket Cardigan $495
2. Mara Hoffman Shawl Collar Wrap Coat $660
3. J. Crew Wool Cashmere Capella Coat $298
4. Tibi Belted Belted Faux Fur Coat $1357
5. Rebecca Taylor Belted Wool-Blend Cape $625
6. Anthropologie Harvested Honey Coat $398

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