So much for fall; winter is upon us. How do I know? The subways are crowded with puffy coats that take up twice as many seats as there are people and the suffocating smell of mothballs is in the air. I would venture to suggest that you can be both stylish and warm, while taking up little more precious subway space than your yoga-lates toned frame. As for the delightful aroma of naphthalene, the solution is simple, either give your fresh-from-storage coats a good airing before you wear them or buy something new. You already know which choice I prefer.
To help you navigate the season, I have selected a few new coat options. I’ll stick to the shorter length coats that are easier to get in and out of cars or taxis while wearing them. City dwellers know that investing in new coats makes better economic sense than buying new winter clothes on a limited fashion budget. After all, your office mates can see you in winter classics that you can wear for years, but your fellow fashionistas who see you on the street or commuting will know you by your stylish outerwear. They’ll just assume that your base outfit is as current as your coat!
I’ve been pushing camel for fall for a few seasons and if you have already invested in a long version, then allow me to propose Kristen Blake’s pea coat. This versatile wardrobe staple is suddenly “fashion” in camel. The tailored silhouette is slim, stylish, and totally current. No one would ever mistake this fashion statement for military surplus or vintage.
If you like a bit of color in your coats, then why not consider Guess’ flared skirt military coat in burgundy? The standup collar eliminates the need to carry a scarf and the flared skirt is flirty and feminine. Have you spotted my push for double breasted yet? The extra layer of fabric keeps you warm without adding much bulk to your outfit.
If prints are your thing, then opt for Topshop’s plaid boyfriend coat. The contrasting trim gives the illusion of a shorter coat with all the comfort of a longer one. The boyfriend fit is loose and will fit easily over your favorite sweater. Menswear-inspired coats are definitely the must-haves of the season, but you can choose how to apply the trend.
Finally, if you really must have a puffy coat to stay warm, then please consider the new tech fabrics and fillers that have all the warmth without the bulk. Think of the Michelin Man after 30-day juice cleanse. Puffy coats are slimmer than they have ever been and many designers are using combinations of tech fabrics and natural goose down to create the puffy coat 2.0. Even the venerable Burberry offers the Valestead puffy coat, an ultra-traditional silhouette in the latest in futuristic fibers, filled with the most luxuriously warm down.
However you wrap up this winter, make a fashion statement. No self-respecting fashionista would cover up a stylish outfit – even a recycled one – with a less than fabulous coat. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to be fashionable this winter, but if you do, hope that Punxatawney Phil sees his shadow so you’ll have six more weeks to get the cost per wearing down on your investment.
1. Kristen Blake Skirt Back Peacoat (Regular & Petite) (Nordstrom Exclusive), now $179.90
2. GUESS Fit & Flare Boucle© Military Coat, Now: $159.90
– Joseph Ungoco
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