If you live in an area that has cold, snowy winters you know how easy it is to fall into the habit of wearing the same ski jacket and snow boots every day. It’s practical, but get really boring really fast.
The weather changes so quickly now that it can be 50 degrees and sunny one day, and 20 degrees and snowing the next. So, you really need a whole wardrobe of outerwear and accessories so your style is reflected on the outside, while keeping you protected from the elements. There are so many stylish options to choose from in a wide array of prices.
Here are a few of my favorite coat looks for different occasions and how to accessorize them:
1. Very Cold, A Little Dressy
This is a full length faux shearling coat in black. It buttons up the front and encloses you in warmth. It’s much more light weight than real shearling and a fraction of the cost ($79 at Marshall’s). I’ve accessorized with a silver velvet burnout scarf, and black cashmere lined leather gloves.
2. Cold or Cold and Rainy, Casual
This is a “car” length puffer coat by Kenneth Cole Reaction. The puffers out now are cut closer to the body, so they don’t add a lot of bulk. I got this coat at Marshall’s for $99. It features a full zipper, buckle belt at the waist, knit interior cuffs at the wrists to keep cold air out, and an oversize rib-knit collar to keep the neck warm. I’ve added a black and white infinity scarf from Urban Outfitters, sunglasses by Simply Vera from Kohls, and texting gloves which are great for using your phone without having to remove your gloves!
3. Cool Temps, Business or Fashionable Occasion
This is a grey wool trench styled coat by Marc New York. I paid $275 for this coat on sale at Lord & Taylor (normal price $500). It’s a classic cut that won’t go out of style. It’s fully lined for warmth, and has nice leather details on the cuffs and belt. Buttoned and belted, it’s business appropriate and very warm. Left open it’s more funky/fashionable. I’m wearing it with a purple infinity scarf from Ann Taylor Loft, a grey wool hat from Marshall’s, and Lulu Lemon running gloves.
4. Cool to Cold Weather, Running Errands In & Out of Car and Stores
When you’re in and out of buildings and the car, a smaller less bulky coat is a must so you stay warm outside, but don’t overheat while inside. This one is from Saks 5th Avenue Private label from the Off 5th Outlet ($129). It’s a neutral gunmetal gray with a belt and an oversize puffy collar so you don’t need a scarf. I’ve paired it with aviator sunglasses from American Eagle, and the Lulu running gloves.
To see the coats in action, watch the video post: