STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Timeless Chic

Style Advice of the Week

For as long as I can remember the pea coat has been in style. It was originally developed  in the eighteenth century for use by  European sailors and merchants to guard against the cold during their endeavors on the high seas. Fast forward to 2012: we see Burberry Prorsum models pounding the fall runway decked out in wool pea coats and Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl ordering around her minions in a yellow relative. With a good 300 years under it's belt, the pea coat has proved it has the power to stay modern yet timeless. If you haven't gotten your hands on this coat yet, invest in this classic piece!

This week I spotted a Montclair State Fashionista looking insanely chic and put together. Projecting a vision of timelessness and elegance in her belted coat paired with a quilted nude and black tote bag reminiscent of Chanel, it was a no brainer whether to snap a pic or not! What is particularly interesting about her coat is the uniqueness of it. Usually pea coats are shorter, falling a little below the waist and are enclosed with just buttons. Hers, on the other hand, is belted like a trench coat giving it a cute twist. If her upper half wasn't stylish enough, she switches it up by throwing on a pair of hard core combat boots with studs along the front–-the perfect mix of masculine and feminine. 

The coat has been reinvented countless times and this trench coat style is not the only new development it has to offer! Try a Guess purple jewel toned coat for a punch of color on a wintry day. If you're looking for something with a bit of edge, try a Calvin Klein two-tone assymetrical coat or go old school with a navy colored traditional pea coat from Express. Although these coats are a bit pricy, I firmly believe in quality when it comes to timeless pieces. If you still believe a designer or pricy brand name coat is out of your reach (after all we are all college students) try discount stores like T.J Maxx or Marshalls for a great deal on designers coats!

 

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