December 14th, 2016 at 2:00am

The one thing I look forward to every fall and winter is the chance to wear outerwear again. For some reason the thought of scarves, jackets and coats makes the winter more bearable. I did not always understand how important and valuable outerwear is. As I grew older and started to love and appreciate fashion more, I realized that outerwear is its own entity in the fashion world. Just like all the other components in fashion there are high fashion, low fashion, various styles and new and dated trends.

What I love about outerwear is the power it holds. The right piece can make or break one’s outfit. It can also make a look appear more high fashion without much effort or downplay it if you’re going for a more chill and calm vibe. This Fashionista chose to elevate her simple outfit with a mid-length baby pink plaid coat. This great piece also brightens her overall outfit. Another great power that outerwear possesses is the ability to make one stand out. Most people wear neutral colored outerwear such as black or gray. This Fashionista’s baby pink coat is eye-catching and truly stands out among dark colors.

Even though this Fashionista purchased her coat at a boutique, similar coats can be found at stores like H&M, Forever 21, and Zara for a much lower price as well. This season pastel, military, pink, capes and puffy coats have been very popular.  My challenge to you is to find your perfect outerwear piece. Experiment with different textures, lengths, silhouettes and colors. The array of outerwear is extensive and there is something out there for everyone.