It’s time for November’s Signature Style and this month Cindy and I are covering outerwear… I have found some of the coolest coats and jackets for fall/winter 2023.
How is it halfway through November? We are finally getting some coat weather here in Northern Cal and my street is filled with beautiful leaves…I’m sort of excited about it.
After my trip to the UK, and seeing so many stylish people in pretty coats, I was inspired for this post! I’ve said this before, but I’m sort of an outerwear addict. I love coats and jackets more than almost any garment. Maybe it’s me, but coats and jackets feel like my personal armor to the outside world!
Styling Your Coats
A great coat gives instant style! Many of us have coats that are gathering dust…I know a lot of us have puffers and parkas and I do too, but here in California people start living in them like a second robe. Get your nice coats out. Add a pair of boots or cute sneakers and you look chic! Put them on for your coffee run, grocery store or dinner out and you’ll feel instantly more pulled together. Coats are not just for an outing to the theatre! ( I feel that is the only time I see proper coats here.)
Trends in coats are all over the place, but leather belts on coats is all over the runways. Long vests and sherpa styles are in, and the classics, think wool coats in solids, are back in a big way, thanks to the ‘quiet luxe’ trend.
England and especially Scotland are a month or so ahead of us weather wise, so people were bundled up and I took away some great styling ideas for coats. As a wimpy Californian, once the cold comes, I rarely stray from pants, but I noticed women all over the UK were wearing dresses and skirts with their coats in 40 degree weather. Most all of them had black tights or leggings layered with them and it looked great. Instead of taking inspiration photos from the internet, I snapped my own in London, Edinburgh, and York…
The black tights look brought me back to the 80’s when I wore black tights and skirts all the time! It was a look, and I am going to give this look a try this winter.. What do you think?
One word of advice is to buy the nicest coats you can. You want what you choose as forever pieces and something you will continue to love year after year and be proud to own.
A navy or black peacoat or longer wool coat always looks great..I added this navy coat from Rails to my collection this year and it’s unlined which makes it not so heavy. I have not had a navy coat in many years and I love it with white jeans, greys, tans, and the mix of black and navy is also good. ( In these pics I don’t have it belted, tied in back, but I do belt it when I’m not wearing a sweater.. It’s great over a dress too.) This coat also comes in a cream and black.
Other classic options..photos are linked too.
The J. Crew grey with gold buttons reminds me of an I. Magnin coat I had and wore until it fell apart. It was my all time favorite coat.. The plaid coat is perfect for California in a lighter weight and sure looks cute with the hoodie layered.
Sometimes you just want a coat that stands out in a pattern or a color.. Those alone will make an outfit. I have classic leopard coat that is one of my favorite things I own. Every time I wear it, I get many remarks and feel extra stylish.
Here are some statement coats I love… pretty colors, ( the blue boucle is on sale now), leopard options and a gorgeous herringbone cashmere and wool slouch coat and the prettiest puffer you could even wear for evenings out.. Links in photos.
I shared this gorgeous Emerson Fry coat on one of the weekend posts and it’s a statement and a stunner. They run large and are made in America. I have a few and they are pieces you’ll love forever.
The Casual Coat
Fun fresh looks are this darling shacket with stitching..and this plaid coat with fringe. This is the sort of light coat you may be able to try a leather belt you already own with it. I also love this chic wrap puffer coat from Aritzia ( they have the most amazing selection of puffers) and this whisper puffer from Athleta (on sale now.)
I also am obsessed with the trench I took on my UK trip- from J Crew Factory in black and also tan.. I just bought the black as well as I love it so much. I sized down to a 6 as they run large and got regular, not petite thought I’m 5’4.
I’m crazy about all the options in faux fur, sherpa and fluffy coats. These run the gamut from casual to fancy, but they do give a lot of warmth and are fun to wear! I saw a lot of these faux furs out and about in the UK, so they are warm!
Now let’s pop over to Cindy’s blog where she always has some beautiful pieces and stylish ideas..
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