STYLE GURU STYLE: The Duster Coat

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I don’t know about you, but a few times lately I have found myself bored of my regular jacket and cardigan choices. I’ve been craving something new and interesting, and I feel like it’s about time for some wardrobe changes in my life. After collecting a few almost-right pieces and practically living in them, I think I’ve finally found what I’ve been looking for. It’s taken me way too long to get the real thing, but a few months back the duster coat was being spotted everywhere. This dramatic length and flattering cut is right up my alley.

On the runways, as well as, in stores, all the duster coats totally differ. There are lots of pretty, solid pastel coats, plaids, florals and just long versions of common jackets, like a leather jacket, cardigan or trench coat. Fall 2014 was the season for dusters, especially at Louis Vuitton. Amongst the romantic, dark intimates-inspired slip dresses and pajama styles, was a long, pale blue floor-length duster in a plaid print. Blazers and cardigans have definitely taken a dramatic turn for the better.

Well, now I’m no longer satisfied with regular lengths. I mean there are no setbacks, just throw a duster on with anything to turn it instantly cool, and if it gets cold, it’ll be warm enough to serve as the perfect coat. This one in particular is perfect for me because I can’t help but keep things pretty casual, so I love that this is basically just an extreme flannel.

I layered that on top of a black dress sporting my new favorite halter neckline. I love the length (though I wouldn’t refuse it in a midi), and it’s not strictly casual or fancy, so you can dress it up or down as you please. I topped it off with my usual gold jewelry and crisscross flatform sandals, which are so comfortable and casual that I’ve hardly taken them off.

So when it comes down to it, if you’re feeling a little bored with your wardrobe and can’t pin-point why, try incorporating some of the latest new styles and shapes—like dusters or the halter neckline. It instantly feels fresh; taking an otherwise humdrum outfit and turning it up a few couple notches.

Get My Look: 1. A casual duster. 2. Your finest little black dress. 3. A cool pair of sandals.

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