My dearest friend asked me to do a post on winter coats that are classic but don’t break the bank. I know my besties’ taste pretty well and I knew she wouldn’t want anything flashy or over the top (I threw in some faux fur but (almost) ALL OF IT IS REMOVABLE). I started my hunt by a) looking at options under $400 and b) coats that can be worn during the day but also to work to pretty conservative offices. The below are the options I picked out. Coats are pretty pricey these days so perhaps there will be a Part II of this post that shows absurdly $$$ coats that really aren’t even reasonable but we still want to dream about…
Top Row: Soia & Kyo Jana Asymmetrical Coat – $395 // JCrew Wool Melton Peacoat (I like that these lapels are a little bit wider than normal peacoats) – $325 // DKNY Faux Fur Collar Walker Coat – $215 // Zara Tailored Coat – $189
Bottom Row: JCrew Melton Military Coat (I tried this on and I’m kind of obsessed with it now) – $378 // Catherine Malindrino faux shearling coat – $155 // Ellen Tracy Kimono Sleeve Coat (I love that it has a hood!) – $270 (was $408) // Lauren Ralph Lauren Belted Stand Up Collar Coat (saving the best one for last bc I think this is my favorite suggestion on here) – $340
If you’re like me, extreme winter temperatures and weather will always be a shock to the system. I HATE being cold. I think it’s miserable, and I really don’t care how ridiculous I look avoiding the discomfort of freezing to death.
I think these are pretty stylish and I actually ordered them for my snowy commute to work. In hindsight, I’m realizing that they may not be the most practical boots on earth. Whups.
I think this “ear warmer” is so cute (and practical). Though my dad would say you lose XX% of your body heat through your head and would advise something that covers the TOP of your head, such as this one:
Barca Slouchy Hat
Every lady needs a pair of leather gloves.
Personally, I think its important to have a casual pair of gloves as well.
My favorite part of the ensemble – the scarf pulls everything together. I love this “snood” from J. Crew and it is 40% off right now!
I love a dramatic piece of clothing and the cape is pretty much the definition of that. Capes are everywhere this fall (making me regret giving away an amazing navy one I had a few seasons back) and I’m loving how gorgeous these fall/early winter coats can be. My dear friend Jenny is a huge fan of the cape and she always looks so sophisticated and chic! Throw one on with a pair of black skinnies and booties and your outfit will thank you.
Top Row: Zara Buttoned Cape Coat – $189 // Milly Sienna Zip Front Cape (gorrrrggggeee) – $795 // Zara Cape Coat with Pockets – $200 // Vince Double Merino Wool Cape – $495
Bottom Row: Zara Hooded Checked Cape (this is just adorable) – $170 // Asos Black Check Cape (also love this one) – $48
When the weather gets cooler (which it eventually will despite it being perfeect golfing weather outside today) a winter white coat is always a chic way of bundling up. I love the idea of these coats that are heavy enough to keep you warm but not thick enough to be bulky and not-so-cute in white. The cuts of all of the below are so sophisticated. Loving that Zara option for under $175!!! I will have to spray tan to pull these off but that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.
Top Row: Zara Wool Coat with Zips – $169 // Vince Sweater Sleeve Coat – $745 //Intermix Cocoon Wrap Coat (I love the hood!) – $695 // Alice & Olivia Tiff Drop Shoulder Coat – $596
Bottom Row: Sam Edelman Charles Faux Fur Coat – $300 // Vince Faux Leather Trim Coat – $695
Happy first day of Spring! It’s finally here you guys! Took long enough. I’m on the hunt for a new trench coat this spring so look forward to sharing that mission with me this season. I loved this Kate Spade trench with the bow detail at the back collar and the super cute mod lining. Kate Spade’s coats really are my favorite. I came across the JCrew Factory version of the shorter navy trench and I think this is a great staple for your closet. It’s a classic cut and when you aren’t in a khaki trench mode (or can never find the right tan to complement your coloring like me) the navy is a perfect choice.
Splurge: Kate Spade Stergis Trench – $300 (was $598)
Steal: JCrew Factory Belted Trench – $168 (and get it for $126 since it’s 25% off with code “STOCKUP”)
Every winter I get so excited when holiday plaids come back into play. My favorite top for fall is a broken in green/navy flannel from JCrew (it’s about five years old) and I love wearing it under just about anything. Last year, I purchased a Devon Baer navy/burgundy tunic and I must say, it is adorable and the best go-to when I need an easy pairing with denim. I love it and want more!! A few favorites that didn’t make the collage…a pair of tartan Hanky Pankies are too cute, another great plaid coat (how chic is that A&O version below?), and I adore this Vineyard Vines ruffle blouse.
Alice & Olivia Rhonda High Neck Coat – $477 (was $800) // Devon Baer Poppy Tartan Tunic (also love this blue plaid and this perfect Christmas green version) – $218 // JCrew Wool Plaid Scarf (I also love all of these monogrammed Lands End ones) – $60 // JCrew Factory Pencil Skirt – $80 // JCrew Crinkle Boy Shirt – $90 // Charles Philip Lana Tassel Plaid Flat (I also love these Joie flats) – $118 (were $170) // Vineyard Vines Tartan Bow Skirt (I adore this) – $135 // JCrew Factory Button Down (I love this version in comfy flannel!) – $55
It was a gorgeous weekend but looking at the forecast for the rest of the week, it’s supposed to be rainy yet again. It’s been quite wet thus far in June and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of my lightweight rain jacket. If you do not own a lightweight anorak type rain jacket, get one ASAP. These are a must this stormy summer and are just a cute way to look sporty chic.
Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket (in so many colors and this is LEGIT) – $130 //Vineyard Vines Stow and Go Raincoat – $155 (I have this jacket in navy and love the hood and the very lightweight) // Monogrammed Eddie Bauer Jacket – $60 // Ali Ro Anorak – $165 (was $275) // JCrew Colorblock Poplin Sail Jacket – $120
This past weekend, I found myself wishing I had a winter coat specifically for my dressier occasions. There are a lot of pretty ones out there and with the holiday party circuit in full effect, it’s time for you to get one as well.
Top Row: Oasis Drop Waist Coat – $263 // Kate Spade Linda Coat – $700 // Milly Cocktail Coat – $650 (this rose gold color is just stunning)// Alice & Olivia Connie Coat – $500 (was $800)
Bottom Row: Tory Burch Bridget Metallic Coat – $995 // Topshop Fur Collar Peplum Skirt Coat – $130 (this is my fav coat on here!) //Moschino Cheap and Chic Peacoat – $1400 (I KNOW but it was so pretty I couldn’t resist) // Topshop Fur Collar Pleated Skirt Coat – $190
It’s been a rainy couple of weekends in nyc and I’ve been annoyed at how unprepared I am for looking cute while in the rain. My patent boat shoes and a pair of skinnies or some cropped pants are a go-to but I’m always looking for a lightweight jacket to throw on that I won’t be sweating up a storm in. I love this adorable anorak from…TARGET. The hood (and the price) is what seals the deal for me! I’ll take it in navy and white polka dots please but it comes in solid colors as well.
Mossimo for Target Hooded Rain Anorak – $35
Even though it was 70 degrees in D.C. today, the time has come to think about cold weather outfits and combos. School and work have been crazy these last few weeks so I have not been scouring the inter-webs for clothing, but here are a few things that I think will be clutch for winter wear.
I’ve really been loving going faux (fur that is). I feel good about saving the cute little animals and the right pick still looks luxe and fab. I have been wearing my Michael Michael Kors faux fur vest CONSTANTLY – so much in fact, that I have been contemplating adding another color to my collection. This Milly one is on sale and I think the color is perfect for winter. On the faux note, I love this brand Mink Pink & their camel faux fur coat is a fun touch for finishing off a going out ensemble + the price won’t break your bank (@ $148). During the Saks sale last week, this Add Down coat I have been eyeing for an eternity went on sale. It’s not on sale anymore but keep an eye out – their puffy coats are the absolute best – warm but not overly bulky, and the material has a nice finish to it. I like to make sure that my puffy coats have a belt – there is nothing worse than looking like the abominable snowman with a round waist.
I have been really into wearing pants these days. This is a far cry from my former self that only wore dresses. Hot pink is the perfect shade for the holiday season and into the dark, dismal winter months. I absolutely love the electric hue of these Jenni Kayne’s but the DVF pair are slightly less expensive – and look great cuffed up. Although I try to save the animals by wearing faux fur, my affinity for leather can’t be curbed. I am obsessed with the Susana Monaco leather and wool leggings & of course this Madewell leather skirt. The former are a great classic / edgy hybrid. My love for Equipment blouses will never die and that love coupled with my penchant for animal print = love @ first sight for this pale gray number.