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As a Floridian, I don’t wear a winter coat very often. I own two heavy winter coats I use when we travel, but mostly I wear light weight coats during the cooler months. When most of the tourists are wearing shorts and t-shirts reveling in 60 degree weather, I am enjoying one of my lovely coats, fully accessorized, of course! I look forward to winter both because it’s nice and cool, and because I love styling winter coats.
Long coats, like the wrap or Chesterfield are favorites of mine; I adore the long lines and the drape of a beautiful wool coat, and love how they look with a dress and knee high boots. I also love the look of a long coat with trousers or jeans.
Short coats such as car coats, pea coats and Moto jackets are favorites as well. Even though I don’t wear coats often, I do have a nice collection of lighter weight winter coats to style along with a pile of hats, scarves, gloves and boots.
Today I’d like to share some of my favorite coat looks, as well as a few tips for accessorizing your winter coat to give it new life. (I remember a point each winter when I wanted to freshen my winter coat looks—so I have a few ideas for you).
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Which types of coats should a woman own?
If you live in a cold climate, finding a practical warm coat and jacket, warm boots, a few hats and gloves are a must; and would be first on my list if I moved North again. Once the basics are out of the way, though, I would be all about adding interesting coats to my collection.
A car coat, a jaunty pea coat, Moto jackets, and a long wool coat are great to add to your collection. As the weather warms, trench coats are great, especially those with a zip in lining; this type of coat is both stylish and practical in late winter early spring.
What color coat should you choose?
When I was young, we were always told to go with dark colors, navy blue, chocolate brown, black, and charcoal grey. They are practical and don’t get dirty easily. They also pair well with a variety of accessories.
However, colors such as red, Burgundy, emerald green, camel, and sapphire blue are beautiful and can add a bit of excitement to your winter wardrobe. They are unexpected, and look amazing on a cold snowy day.
I love cream, pinks and light blues, not only because they are beautiful colors, but because they are impractical. Yes, not everything in life needs to be utilitarian, every once in a while it is fun to add a coat to your collection that isn’t a work horse.
Plaids, furs, and animal prints are also great when you want to make a statement; though one must consider the whole outfit so the coat doesn’t clash with what you are wearing under it.
I always go for neutral colors when beginning to build out my wardrobe; once the basics are in place, adding an interesting color or statement coat to your collection keeps your collection fresh and stylish.
Accessorizing winter coats:
I love adding scarves, hats, gloves and boots to my coat looks, and also add a broach sometimes for a little glitter and interest.
I have saved scarves over the years, and love adding them to an outfit to make it uniquely mine. I also check Pinterest and Instagram for trends, adding new scarves and gloves is an inexpensive way to update a coat.
Belts are another way to create a new look with your coat. Wide belts look amazing over long coats, synching in the waist can work wonders.
How to wear a long coat with a dress:
If you are wearing a long coat with a dress, pay special attention to the hemline. If the dress is slightly longer, it can look a bit wrong, and you might want to switch coats or wear a jacket instead. A beautiful long coat with a streamlined sweater dress and a pair of knee high boots is a great look.
Also, over the knee boots with a shorter dress with a long coat over top looks really great too. Play try on and see what looks best.
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How to wear coats over lounge wear:
As we spend more time at home, loungewear has become a staple. Mind you, I am not talking about loungewear that falls into the lingerie category, rather, I am talking about cute jogger sets, soft wide leg pants and a tunic, or leggings and a soft sweater; all of which look great with long coats.
The trick to pulling the look together falls with intention. Working with a harmonious color palette, and taking care with fit as well as choosing a pair of loafers or sneakers can look luxe and sophisticated. Being intentional about putting the outfit together, is key. The last thing we want is to look like we rolled out of bed, threw on a coat and some shoes.
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It’s time for Stylish Monday! Once a month we showcase styles from around the world! Today, we are styling coats and I am thrilled to share! Scroll down, check out these great styles and Link Up!!! The link is at the bottom of the page.
Amy – Amy’s Creative Pursuits – As a Wisconsin Gal, we have severe winters and live in parkas all season long. I have parkas of all styles, lengths, and colors filling my closet, but for this challenge I wanted more of a statement coat so I chose a very old pea coat that rarely gets worn. It’s a fun, unique coat, but not that practical for my climate. .
Suzanne – Ask Suzanne Bell – As someone who wears a lot of black and denim, a fun coat is an instant game-changer. From animal print to bright red – I like my coats to be fun. Throw some faux fur into the mix, even better. And yes, I have been known to wear a coat over my pajamas!
Nancy – Nancy’s Fashion Style -I always have a lot of trouble finding the perfect winter coat! This one wasn’t! On the blog post from last Friday I am wearing the perfect one. This one has a fabulous color but that’s all it has. No pockets, no lining, no collar. It was given to me and I really loved the color, but passed it on!
Andy – Pearls and Pantsuits – I’ve had this snuggly leopard print coat from Chico’s for several years now, and find myself reaching for it again and again. It’s the perfect little layer for our milder winters, and for my cold office! Not to mention that anything leopard is always a good idea!
Nicole – High Latitude Style – In Interior Alaska, winter lasts about seven months. Temperatures can be anywhere between 40 below (or less) zero to slightly above the freezing point. While around the freezing point a loden coat works fine, a heavy down coat is a Must at 40 below. These coats make everyone look like the Michelin Men. Shearling or goat coats work fine down to -30C (~-22F).
Emma – The Style Splash – “It has turned really cold and frosty here in the UK so I need a warm coat. This vintage cream one is perfect as it’s long and has a hood to keep the snow off my hair…yes, we’ve had snow! I found it in a charity shop for less than £10…such a fantastic bargain!”
Julie – Fashion Trends and Friends – Winter coats, jackets, gloves, mittens, hats and scarves are all a must have living in Illinois! Of course, a girl can never have too many of varying colors, lengths and styles! I might just have two closets full! This long length plaid (I’m always mad for plaid!) coat was a must have from Old Navy this year! It’s the first plaid coat in my collection! I think it pairs great with my star sweater and these navy fur trimmed boots. Every winter I think I might add a coat or two to my collection! After all, it is the thing everyone sees first in the winter!
Shelbee – Shelbee on the Edge – I have a bit of an obsession with coats especially since I live in a snow belt where winters are long and frigid. And I am usually drawn to dramatic statement coats which I love to search for in thrift shops. That is where I found this Jordache white faux fur coat a few years ago and it cost less than $10. I don’t wear it often but when I do, I feel like a fancy polar bear!
Ada – Elegance and Mommyhood – I think coats are a closet staple if you live in the Midwest. We have had our share of cold weather and snow as you will see from this post, today, but overall it is mild (that means in the 30s & 40s for us). Speaking of closet staples, if you don’t own a Winter White or Cream one yet, you should. I think a classic wool coat in cream will be timeless and it can last you for several years to come. I love mine (it’s from Loft from last year and both Loft and Old Navy have almost identical ones this year). Stop by the blog today to see sweet Vivian also, in a pretty blush pink coat.
Michele – On Instagram as Seechele_styles This fur leopard coat is reversible to a rain coat… it’s over 15yrs old and will never go out of style!
Gwen – Gwen Lives Well and Instagram – GwenLivesWell – Needless to say, living in Florida, I don’t get much of a chance to adorn my winter gear. Sure, we get a few days in the 50s, but generally, a leather jacket or wool poncho is all you need. So while I donated most of my ‘heavy winter coats from my New York life’ collection ages ago, I still have a few favorites, which I share on the blog. The coat pictured here was purchased just a few years ago, as an in-between coat – not for weather that’s too cold, but cold enough for more than a wool poncho! Perfect for New York in November, pre-pandemic, 2019.
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