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STYLE GURU STYLE: Little Red

The Row‘s 2015 pre-fall collection is ripe with contradictions: it features a conflicting blend of flowing silhouettes and well-cut lines, of wispy silks and draped wool and of winter coats paired with open-toed sandals (all of which are tied together by a soft palette heavy in neutrals). Midi length pieces litter the collection, from skirts to pants to coats, as if in casual rebellion to the collection’s proposed maturity. Muted jewel tones and engaging textures evoke a regal and ageless feel, as if the collection is inspired by pieces once constructed for an ancient queen, now resurrected in the modern century.

When I first saw the oversized, cascading wool coats throughout the collection, I immediately remembered this massive red overcoat hanging listlessly in the back of my mom’s closet. It was a piece that I had always admired, but never quite thought I could get away with. It turns out that the snowy weather we’ve been having has been the perfect excuse to turn my outerwear daydream into a reality and bring some color into this drab landscape.

I wanted to let the coat speak for itself, and kept the rest of my look simple, opting for an off-white button-up shirt, some blue jeans and some black leather boots. I decided to go with a silk chiffon shirt to echo the material contrasts of The Row collection and to keep the coat from seeming too heavy. I dressed down the lavishness of the coat with some slouchy, distressed boyfriend jeans to bring in an element of everyday casualness and avoid looking too serious. I cuffed the jeans right above the cut of my boots to break up the outfit and keep the coat’s length from making me look like a mass of fabric. In keeping my pieces and colors simple and classic, I really let the coat make the statement it was meant to.

Get My Look: 1. A statement coat. 2. A basic top. 3. Some classic jeans.