Style Advice of the Week

If you’re anything like me, I bet you are getting increasingly sick of your parka (aka marshmallow coat). The temperatures in Chicago have barely surpassed the freezing level in months, and I am patiently waiting to see just a tiny hint of new green life. However, as strange as it sounds, this Fashionista makes me want to hold on to winter for just a bit longer. And that, dear readers, is due to her killer statement coat.

Statement coats have been a huge trend for the last couple years. This season’s darling seems to be the pastel pink iteration, but cocoon coats, bold prints, camel and ankle-length stunners have each had their moment in the sun. Let’s talk about animal print, specifically that of the leopard variety. I will say, I have a grand total of zero leopard print pieces in my closet, and I am desperately pining for some. I keep hearing and reading about how “leopard”, is a neutral but I’m finding it hard to jump on that bandwagon. My solution: think of it as your statement piece. We’re so gung-ho about statement necklaces and statement bags, so why not a statement print? I’ve found that the easiest way to incorporate leopard is to go for a smaller, high contrast pattern on a singular piece. Don’t think it has to be relegated to a coat. Think bag, belt or shoes.

After asking for details about this Fashionista’s outfit, she shared with me that her crazy-cool coat was vintage. Please, if you haven’t been vintage or thrift shopping, do it. Unbelievable treasures await you. Even your local Goodwill can provide some great finds. Her accessories definitely deserve a shout out. Sunglasses during the winter may seem strange on your first venture, but with the blinding sun, especially reflecting off snow, they are often not only stylish but necessary. Rather than going with the more common wayfarers or aviators, her Ray-bans are round which gives them an elevated retro ‘70s vibe. And I’m convinced the cross-body bag will never go out of style, especially ones similar to her Balenciaga in a style like black leather with minimal hardware.

Last but not least, and once again, hair is any accessory. Remember the butt part of middle-school days? The new middle part has no such connotation, and instead evokes sophistication. Move on over deep side parts; the middle part is here to stay. Wear it like this Fashionista does with slightly tousled hair rather than stick straight locks for an effortless, modern look.


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