STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: The Haute Coat

Style Advice of the Week

If you are a frequent reader of mine, by now you have understood the importance of the perfect topper during the autumn and winter months. I have introduced to you the comfortable and super versatile chunky knitted sweater. I have raved about the weatherproofing ability of an anorak. And I have also discussed the fashion-forward appeal of fur-trimmed outerwear. In this STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK article I will be introducing the ultimate winter coat staple—the button-down waist-tie coat. This type of coat could easily be named a woman’s best friend, simply because of the flattering elements featured in this jacket. First, this type of coat accentuates a woman’s waist, allowing her to achieve a proportional look. Secondly, these coats usually hit a couple of inches above the knee. This allows it to avoid overwhelming the frames of petite women and to also provide enough coverage for tall women.

In her nude and black printed coat, the featured Fashionista perfects the art of flattering her figure by pairing her coat with dark wash jeans and bejeweled accent pieces. For a printed coat in this flattering style, try this coat by BB Dakota on for size. Allow this coat to be the focus of your outfit by pairing it with dark wash skinny jeans and neutral-toned pair of ankle booties. If solids are more your style, try this eggplant full skirt waistcoat by ASOS. The color of the coat is best complemented by tones in the jewel family, such as rich emeralds and bright topazes. For the Fashionistas who cannot stand to be tied down, try this belt-free waistcoat sold at Urban Outfitters. The cut of the coat still provides figure flattery because it nips at the waist. For this style of coat, I recommend playing on its sporty nature and styling it with a pair of skinny jeans and high-top sneakers.

Based on my advice, you have learned that there is a coat, sweater and jacket for every occasion. The trick to integrating these pieces into your everyday wardrobe is by wearing these items with other pieces that you feel comfortable wearing. With the knowledge of the varieties of outerwear available this season, there is no doubt in my mind that you will be looking like the vision of winter chic at every occasion. 

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