March 31st, 2015 at 2:00am

March is an unpredictable month of the year, weather-wise. Some days are beautiful and sunny, while others are cold and windy. While everyone wants to put away their winter coats for the year, sometimes you’ll be forced to pull it back out of storage. For those chillier days, try a light-colored structured jacket to keep the wind at bay.

This taupe-colored topper is a great alternative to black. It’s a bit more seasonally appropriate for this time of year. This Fashionista’s coat is a fashion statement in itself. The bold black zippers are a great contrast from the light taupe color, making the coat more interesting. When dressing up, sometimes you want something a little nicer than your typical puffer jacket. For those days, reach for a chic coat like this one. You could also pair the coat with skinny jeans and flats for a sophisticated daytime look.

This Fashionista paired her coat with a simple black top and a burgundy pencil skirt. The skirt is very on trend right now. Marsala, a rich wine color, was named Pantone’s Color of the Year. The burgundy is the next step for those who generally stick to neutrals because it’s bold but not bright. The skirt is a fitted simple cut, but has an interesting asymmetric pleat that is a step above your basic pencil skirt. The quilted texture also adds interest to a simple shape.

A classic black bag and caged black heels finish off the look. A chunky gold chain adds a touch of glam to an otherwise professional-chic look. This outfit would be perfect for an internship or a special dinner date.

What is your style advice of the week? “Don’t be afraid to overdress. Even when I’m just going to class or running around the city, I’ll slip on a pair of heels or a dressy top to just get serious about my day. When I dress well, I seem to be more motivated to get stuff done. Plus, I look and feel great!”