Throughout these last few weeks of winter, I struggle with staying trendy. My mind longs for dresses and skirts, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate. When browsing through fashion shows for outfit inspiration, I came across one show that was sure to help me out. The Banana Republic spring 2015 ready-to-wear fashion show featured so many stunning coats. They were paired with everything from jeans, to dresses to skirts. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to create my own runway-inspired look.

I based my entire outfit on my brand new tan and furry Michael Kors coat. The minute I saw it in the store, I knew I would be purchasing it. Luckily for me, it was also a super great bargain. Because of the fuzzy inside, this coat is not only fashionable, but also practical. I wanted to style an outfit with this coat that you could wear to class or out to a nicer dinner with friends. That’s where my maroon shift dress comes into play. Shift dresses are great because they’re super flattering and comfortable. I could easily wear this dress to class. If the temperature doesn’t allow for bare legs, a simple pair of tights would look great underneath. I could just as easily wear this dress out to dinner; I’m a huge fan of looks that can work for different occasions. A simple dress and an awesome coat were the start of my runway-inspired ensemble.

I didn’t want too many accessories because all of the looks I loved from the Banana Republic show were simplistic. I’m all about necklaces, so I chose a metal one with gold, silver and rose gold. Simple gold and silver earrings and a matching ring was enough jewelry this time. I chose a pair of shiny maroon slip-on shoes. Heels or a pair of booties would have worked great with this, as well. Last but certainly not least was a cute purse to match.

One of the hardest parts of being a Fashionista in the winter is having to wear a coat over a perfect outfit. I love the trend of actually incorporating a fabulous coat into the outfit itself. This trend was all over the Banana Republic spring 2015 runway, which inspired me to try it out for myself. With a great coat, I can instantly make my outfits stay just as stylish this season.

Get My Look: 1. A fabulous coat. 2. A shift dress. 3. A shiny pair of slip-on shoes.