warm ó and chic ó in the seasonís cosiest layers because
baby, itís cold outside
coat, Ya Los Angeles;
vest and Koret handbag, Stephanie
Carolina Amato gloves, David Aubrey necklace, earrings and
makeup:Stephanie and Elysefor Neroli Salon & Spa,Milwaukee
(Third Wardand East Side), BayshoreTown Center and Brookfield
struggling with looking good during the Wisconsin winter since I was a
school, I would strip off my winter coat, hat and gloves, and freeze
my way into the cold brick building.
A hat? Are you
kidding? After I spent all that time teasing my hair?
Luckily, in 2013
we have an amazing selection of warm and fabulous winter wardrobe
essentials to keep out the chill while remaining fashionably cool. And
it all starts with the perfect winter coat.
For my seasonal
mix, I rotate three cold-weather styles: a gray herringbone wool cape
for "warmer" days (i.e., more than 40 degrees), a
military-inspired black wool coat with leather accents for
day-to-night versatility; and a long, belted puffer for below-zero
wind chills. Of course, a wide selection of various scarves, hats and
gloves help create a new, personalized look for every day.
No matter your
coat arsenal, here are some of my favorite options for on-trend
There is no shortage of print interest this season, with everything
from traditional plaids and stripes to unexpected Aztec, florals,
paisley, graphics, animal prints, colored tweeds popping up at
retailers around the world. The key to making this bold trend work?
Moderation. If your outerwear is making the statement, your clothing
and accessories should provide a neutral base to avoid becoming
Leather trim is the look of the season. Be it piping; a collar,
shoulder or cuff detail; or even lapels, the look is fabulous and
fierce. Or, pair a leather belt with your coat for a removable option.
To bling up a classic coat, add a fur scarf, studded gloves, a
colorful wool hat or bold boots to amp up your look (just not all at
INFLUENCES In addition to a host of traditional menswear prints ó
herringbone, houndstooth, Glen plaid and stripes ó boxy
"boyfriend" cuts for womenís coats are a fashion-forward
trend for 2013. The bonus? The extra room allows for lots of layers!
"In the Navy" peacoats are a timeless winter coat staple.
For a 2013 update, try the look in a vivid color, like true red, and
look for tailored cuts, unexpected prints, asymmetrical zippers, and
fur and sweater accents.
Whether itís basic color blocking ó or strategically placed colors
to highlight your form (my personal fave) ó designers are adding a
double-punch of color this season. If youíre not ready to jump into
a bold block style, dip you toe in the color pool with a contrast hue
A fashionable collar is an easy way to add panache to a basic coat.
Oversize collars make a chic statement, while fur, ruching, shawl
styles, contrast colors and ruffles prove style is all in the accents.
To create a "faux" collar on your fave coat, simply add a
rotation of infinity scarves for a new, interchangeable look each day.
These arenít your grandmaís puffy coats. For the ultimate in
warmth ó and a sporty chic vibe ó invest in a well-made, long
puffer coat that will take you through several winters. For the most
flattering cut, look for tailored, belted varieties with a slimming
stitch pattern. If youíre tired of basic black, opt for luxe colors
like icy gray, burgundy, Army green and shiny metallics (stay away
from lighter tones to keep your jacket looking clean and fresh all
FOR THE BOYS
This season, the best menís coats are a tribute to the classics.
Timeless peacoats, military influences, traditional prints and
top-coat styles pay homage to the past, while sleek, modern tailoring
gives a nod to the now.