So I guess it’s almost time to break out those Winter coats, which seems odd considering our Fall has been more like an enjoyable summer in terms of temperature… I know come February I’ll be daydreaming of laying on the beach, so I guess when we get a little extra sunshine and warmth, I can’t be mad about it – although it is hurting my fall layer game! ? Just like everything else seems to be categorized by editors and influencers these days, coats are “staple” pieces – AKA, you can “spend a ridiculous amount of money on a nice coat because you’ll have it forever”. And I think if you A) have a comfortable income and B) find a timeless coat that fits you well and is made out of durable material, then go for it! There’s nothing wrong with splurging on something that is good quality, but the reality is that many of us just don’t have the luxury of doing that unless we save up for months, even years, and go without in the meantime. And I don’t know about you, but I HATE being cold. The holidays, electric blankets, and not having to shave my legs ?are the only things that help me make it through winter alive. So since I care about you all so much and want you to be not only warm, but CUTE during the “most wonderful time of the year”, I’ve rounded up my coat and jacket picks for the season that are all under $200! As a whole, I was super impressed with the Zara and ASOS collections of outerwear as I thought they were great quality while still being affordable and they had lots of styles to please every girl and flatter every body type (ASOS has Petite, Plus & Curve, and Tall options!). These may be a little pricier than my usual Forever 21 pieces but I just couldn’t find many that I loved there, but if you can, definitely snatch them up! I have two old styles from there like this blush one that have lasted me several winters and I still wear them.
Vests are the perfect outerwear for Autumn, as they can be easily thrown over anything from long-sleeved tees, to flannels and sweaters, making them versatile for the unpredictable Fall weather (especially in the south – November is coming quickly and our weeks are still consisting of 80 degree temps, with a day or two in the 50’s for good measure…Fall, where you at???). ? I love a good utility vest like this Modcloth one. It’s olive hue adds an autumnal feel to any outfit and is especially good for the current weather when it’s still warm enough to wear short sleeves but you need an additional layer. The Goodnight Macaroon Herringbone Vest is a good option if you want a more classy style – it’s still very versatile and can be the perfect statement piece of any look – perfect for throwing over your office attire for your morning commute, or heading out for date night worn over a nice sweater, jeans, and over-the-knee boots.
PARKAS & PUFFERS
I can honestly say that the coat that gets the most day-to-day wear in my closet is, and has been for a few years now, my beloved green parka. It can accompany an edgier outfit for a night out, but in my opinion, it really shines when paired with the most casual streetwear for on-campus, errand-running, or rainy days. The parkas above are perfect for fall (and winter, depending on where you live). Maroon and Olive are some of my favorite colors, and while I wear them a lot in the Autumn months, I consider them year-round staples in my fashion color palette. A nice, CUTE, puffer coat is something every girl should have – super warm and practical for winter’s cold temps and more importantly – wind chills, these options will keep you bundled up and cozy with their faux fur accents.
Shearling was one of the biggest trends on the FW16 runways including those of Coach, Altuzarra, and Burberry, and while at first I had a hard time getting on board with it, after discovering these beauties, I think I’ve changed my mind. Faux shearling is much more wearable (and kinder) than the real deal. I don’t want my coat to be so thick that I look like an armless marshmallow (Yes, I know marshmallows don’t have arms but that’s the best analogy I can come up with rn) and I’d rather the sheep kept their skin. ? I’m smitten with these options because they incorporate the trend as a trim and/or thin lining, instead of the runway versions that looked uncomfortably bulky. This Asos Blush one is at the top of my wish-list! ?
CLASSIC & NEUTRAL
When it comes to shopping on a budget, neutral is always the way to go! Sure, I like the idea of having a hot pink coat, but in reality a grey or camel shade would get a lot more milage and when you don’t have extra income to regularly spend on clothing, you want a wardrobe filled with interchangeable and versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched so differently that they always seem fresh. Whether you’re an essentials-only budget conscious girl, or you just prefer neutrals, these are the coats for you! I’ll never say no to a classic skater shape, like this Asos grey skater coat because they are the most flattering coat (on my body type, anyway) AND when you go ice skating in the winter, they make you feel like Michelle Kwan with their flirty flared “skirt”. ? I think we’ve all welcomed blush as a new neutral over the past year, so it’s high time for me to continue my color obsession by purchasing this Boohoo blush coat.
TRENDING; MILITARY & VELVET
Some would say military-inspired styles and plush velvet were the stars of the FW16 runways, so if you want to be very avant-garde, push the boundaries in one of these statement coats. A lot of people argue that buying trendy “investment pieces” is a no-no, but while I am someone who likes to keep up with trends, I won’t discard a piece I love after its season of spotlight has ended. I think trends exist most importantly to constantly be improving and re-thinking fashion and what it can be. And while they are important for setting the tone and theme of each season, I don’t think anyone who truly loves the creative side of fashion gets too obsessed with what’s “in” style and what’s “out”. Fashion trailblazers wear what they love, whether it’s a vintage 1960’s gingham dress, a 1990’s choker, or modern sock boots, and the best will pair all of their favorite things together in one balanced look.
This is my personal “Not Gonna Happen” wish-list; the frivolous coats that I will buy in another lifetime, in which I am a wealthy heiress. ? I really do think a lot of these could be worn in more ways than you’d think, but my bank account doesn’t agree. I especially love this Zara checked coat (the pink faux-fur collar makes me feel some type of way ?) and can you imagine how cute it would be to wear on Valentine’s day (It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a disposable income…) ?I’m just really feeling the need for a pink coat this year, since I now have a pink couch. Totally justifiable, right?!