Cool Coats

Places to go and people to see this winter? (Praise the Lord!)


These coats will help you stand out when you step out this winter. Whether you love a timeless silhouette or need a functional parka, these options will have you covered in the cold. Below are four styles to consider if you want to up your outerwear game this season in a bold way.



As always, I suggest shopping secondhand to make the most of your budget, minimize any risk you feel in selecting for a non-traditional hue, and save a beautiful garment from the landfill. All of the featured pieces are from thredUP (shoppable links included even on sold pieces so you can shop the original owner's other consigned items and get suggestions for current similar items). The site's filters make it easy to narrow down their extensive inventory by size, color, pattern, and fabric.


Colorful Classics - Pick your most flattering hue for the biggest impact. Need help pinpointing yours? Check out my virtual Style Define & Align service. A peacoat or ladylike car coat tops casual outfits and dressy looks alike. Just prepare for non-stop compliments!

L to R: MICHAEL Michael Kors, J. Crew, Calvin Klein, Rachel Zoe

Playful Puffers - Make sure the kids never lose you when you hit the tubing hill or take a stroll to see all the holiday lights. Look for diagonal quilting if you're worried about this style adding to much bulk to your upper half. This sporty option is the perfect topper for all your active winter plans - or just walking the dog!

L to R: Xersion, NILS, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Marc New York

Edgy Jackets - Just a touch or all over (faux) leather creates a cool, chic vibe while you stay warm. These pair well with equally edgy outfits or offer a trendy contrast to casual or romantic looks.

L to R: Aqua, Poleci, Vince Camuto, Blank NYC (the one I have!)

Pretty in Plaid - A gorgeous statement for those with a closet full of solids and print mix masters alike! Tartan shows up on flannels and skirts in the colder months, it feels just as cozy on outerwear. Pick a scale you love or one that contrasts with the plaids already in your winter wardrobe for maximum mixability.

L to R: Talbots, Halogen X Atlantic-Pacific, Old Navy, Gap

Coats are often labeled as an investment piece leading many to opt for more classic, basic styles in neutral tones. There is definitely a place for a timeless black, gray, navy or camel coat in your outerwear collection. However, if your cold weather wardrobe needs a pop, consider adding it with the item that anyone outside your own home will be most likely to see.



Coats are one of my favorite things to buy secondhand because they can be so expensive when purchased new. A pre-owned option will stretch your budget to brands and features that might otherwise be out of reach in the regular retail market. Shopping a site like thredUP offers the benefit of ensuring the piece is in excellent (or otherwise as described) condition.


Tell me, what style & color combo are you picking this winter?

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