As temperatures continue to drop outside (ugh), winter coats are becoming a necessity. However, as this Fashionista proves, coats do not have to be bulky and unflattering. In fact, they can be the perfect way to tie your winter look together. A great print, color or pattern spices up dreary and gray winter days.

The key to a great winter coat starts with the fit. A double-breasted, body skimming peacoat, like the one this Fashionista models, is so figure flattering and classic, while totally debunking the clunky coat myth. Next, pick a coat with an unexpected detail, like a print. A plaid print is bold, yet versatile enough to style in a variety of ways. Wear it over a dress for a funky evening wear look or wear it open over an oversized sweater and leggings for a fun and comfy look for class. Any way you wear it, you’ll be sure to turn heads as you walk through campus this winter. Bold colors and a mix of materials also make for eye-catching additions to your winter wardrobe.

This Fashionista chose to style her coat in a preppy and classic way, creating a polished yet casual winter wear look. She paired her fun coat with crisp jeans, a clean white sweater and winter boots from the popular brand, L.L.Bean. Her gold jewelry adds a unique touch to this posh look.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Sport outerwear that reflects your own personal style. Coats with prints and fun colors can showcase your personality, add to your look and keep you warm.”