December 15, 2009

winter wear: coats

As the winter chill has crept its way into San Francisco over the last few weeks, I’ve already found myself getting sick of my basic black wool coat. Here are some styles that will keep your winter wardrobe interesting while remaining staples for years to come.

I love this houndstooth coat from Anthropologie. The pattern is stylish and gray is a nice alternative to black.

If you just can’t let go of black’s practicality but still want something different, look for a unique accent, like the ruffles on this Wool Ruffle-front Coat from J.Crew. I highly recommend their coats—great quality and enduring styles. Look for ones with thinsulate lining for extra warmth.

A couple of years ago my mom made me an awesome houndstooth cape for Christmas and I still love it. Many designers like Burberry and Derek Lam showed capes in their fall lines. I wear mine with skinny pants or a pencil skirt to balance out the voluminous top. If you’re not lucky enough to have a mom who also occasionally doubles as a seamstress, try this Aubin & Wills Bankfield wool cape. I’ve also seen some cute ones at Club Monaco and Anthropologie.

Teal is a good option if you want to add some versatile color—it looks great with both black and brown. This Marc New York Double Breasted Bouclé Coat also comes in a pretty eggplant color.

There’s no doubt that a long down coat is one of the warmest articles of clothing out there, but the reality is they aren’t always flattering, especially on curvy women. If you’re concerned you might look like the Michelin Man, go for down coats with belts or cinched waists. Burberry Taffeta Down Jacket.

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