A classic trench coat is one of those few timeless pieces that truly never goes out of style – for reals. I mean, let’s put it this way: if there’s one thing you can safely splurge $750+ on (*cough*Burberry*cough*) without fear of falling victim to a passing fashion fad, it’s a trench. But what if you want something a bit more… updated? True, trendy details are the exact things that keep a piece from being truly timeless, but sometimes they’re hard to resist. Case in point: strategically-placed leather trim and paneling. We’ve seen our share of contrast sleeves carried over from last season, but this time around, quilted leather shoulders, leather arm cuffs, and even leather patchwork are edging up our favorite classic trench and parka silhouettes. I mean, it’s basically like two of our favorite fall-weather staples – our tried-and-true leather jacket and our favorite goes-with-everything trench coat – had a ridiculously stylish baby. Yes, a jacket baby. Check out my favorites in the links below!
Although I pride myself in being a bargain shopper, there are a few things in life you shouldn’t skimp on – tattoos, sushi, and fashion investment pieces you can build your whole seasonal wardrobe around. That’s why I’m taking the opportunity to browse some splurge-worthy coats that are ridiculously stylish, statement-making, but at the same time versatile, like an on-trend leather-detailed coat. The leather gives any run-of-the-mill wool number a luxe, elevated look, so you feel sophisticated and stylish even when you’re really just trying to bundle up and keep from freezing your buns off. FarFetch.com has us covered in the contrasting textures department, from the sleek partial leather sleeves of this streamlined Diane von Furstenberg ‘Sterling’ coat (far right) to cool croc-embossed sleeves on this Alexander Wang Tailored Croc Coat (middle), which give the wildly popular trend an updated cool factor. Love layers? This elegant cape-inspired Ter Et Bantine two-piece coat (far left) adds an element of surprise by opening up to reveal a leather zip under layer, for a dose of moto-chicness. Browse more luxe cold-weather coats on FarFetch.com!
- Alexandra Gambardella
What makes a great jacket? I found myself really asking this after we experienced a blustery blast of cold weather mixed in with some early fall flurries.
Runway presentations make the most of women’s outerwear in all colors from neutral to bright with fantastic detailing or subtle minimalism. However, when it comes down to it, a jacket needs to be functional. Maybe you demand a hood, large pockets, or a full-length zipper. Regardless of such basics, I am not willing to sacrifice style, and I doubt our readers are either.
This is why I’ve compiled my favorite “Runway to Real Way Jackets.” While extremely trendy, these jackets are still practical. There’s nothing unrealistic about incorporating any one of these into your wardrobe.
1. The Bright Jacket
Brighter shades have been popping up everywhere recently. Despite the opposing forces, bright hues work well for a fall/winter trench coat. Tip: Ground the rest of your outfit in black or other neutrals.
2. The Fur Bomber
Fur bombers are classic and luxe simultaneously. Again, fur took over the runways, seen everywhere from Alexander Wang to Rachel Zoe. You’ll be sure to turn heads in a glossy piece like this, but if you’re trying to be more subtle, try a faux-fur collar for starters.
3. The Camel Coat
Has this look ever done us wrong? I love both belted ones accentuating the waist, but I especially adore the robe-like vibe of NastyGal’s drape jacket (pictured above). Normally a structured trench, camel will always be timeless, regardless of what form it takes. It’s a celebrity must, a runway favorite, and an every day woman’s go-to. Tip: Pick the shade that best works with your skin tone.Collarless Boucle Blazer Jacket $140,Chanel Image via Style.com]
4. The Tweed
Chanel has always done tweed right. Now, it’s our turn to channel Karl Lagerfeld’s feminine vision and prove tweed is anything but stuffy. Topshop’s blue version of the fabrication is fun and funky, but boxy jackets like these are all about playing with proportion. Wear it open with jeans or alone with a skirt; just remember to keep everything sleek.Vasia by Ulla Johnson Camilla Vest $99.99,Tess GibersonImage via Style.com]
5. The Fur Vest
It’s still crazy cool, and I couldn’t be happier! I wasn’t ready to give up my fur vest just yet. Part edgy, part glam, this piece is all about attitude. Brown, black, white, grey, beige, it won’t be hard to find a vest you’ll love. Tip: Fur vests can add bulk if done incorrectly. Be aware of proper fit, watching for armhole size.
6. The Puffer
Perhaps the most basic, but also the warmest, a puffy jacket is a winter must-have. DKNY reminds us that style and functionality can easily coexist. I LOVE the bright cherry red and quilted looks, (and especially love anything down-filled). This look will keep you warm and safe; no need to fear the elements in this one!
All that’s left to do is to pick your favorite, and stay warm!
- From our friends at Fashion Pulse Daily
If you’ve previously used Halloween as an excuse to channel the retro red carpet stylings of Old Hollywood – you know, the slinky sparkly dress, long layered pearls, finger waves, glossy red lips, and the luxe mink coat – you’re in luck! Not only because Halloween is here, but because the fashion world’s fascination with faux fur has evolved from vests to full-on coats! Just in time for the holiday season, outerwear is getting a dash of glamour with fluffy faux mink. And despite the statement-making style, it’s surprisingly versatile; layer over your regular duds to add some sophistication to your Casual Friday ensemble, or sass up your new party dress with a sexy coat that finally can hold its own against your most glamorous party frocks without upstaging them. It’s got plenty of ‘tude when necessary – like a super-cool groupie who’s run off with her favorite rockstar’s fur coat – but can be ultra-glam too to suit the occasion! And aside from the obvious benefit of faux fur, it also won’t break the bank like real fur! What’s not to love?
- Alex Gambardella
It’s high school Homecoming season, and if you’ve been too busy stalking your former classmates on Facebook to pay attention to the newest trends, you may be surprised at what’s hot for the winter season ahead! Letterman jackets, also known as varsity jackets, are making a big comeback with chic designer versions that put an upscale spin on the classic oversized style. Even if you’re long past your school days – no matter how hard you try convincing others that it wasn’t that long ago – you can still rock this classmate-inspired trend, and without resurrecting bad memories of your sophomore year yearbook photo, for that matter! Relive your days as head of the class with the varsity quarterback’s jacket draped around your shoulders… or show exactly how hot you would have looked rockin’ the basketball star’s jacket, if he had been smart enough to give you a second look! Whether warm and woolly or leather-paneled and sleek, you’re bound to find a version you love that’s too cool for school!
- Alex Gambardella
by Carlina Harris
With March finally here, thoughts of sunnier days ahead of us seem within reach. That is until Mother Nature decided to grace California with unpredictable weather including but not limited to: rain, freezing cold bursts, and the occasional sunny day- what gives lady? I’m not sure what pouting is going to get me, but I do think I have a solution- and pretty fashionable one at that! Hello Shearling!
Shearling has been at the fashion forefront as of late last year, when darling designer Christopher Bailey sent his Burberry models cascading down the runway in Amelia Earhart-esque shearling aviator jackets! I’m not one to snub my nose at greatness- but who realistically can afford a $3000 jacket? One can only hope- for now (until Bachelor Brad comes knocking on my door for a proposal and bearing gifts of um Burberry jackets?) to still achieve this stature of cool with many more affordable and equally fierce options!
My favorites from the bunch include the ever popular- Nastygal- picks. The Shearling Drape Jacket in camel makes my heart swoon, and at only $68, my finger is on the trigger to purchase this baby! Another luxe option is the longer version of the UHIF Chelsea Shearling coat in a tamer cream shade ($178). Throw on a pair of cat-eye shades, whip up your ‘slept in’ hair and call it day- cuz you look hot lady!
images top to bottom: image cool girl sporting Helmut Lang, models from S/S 11 Burberry show
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The leather moto jacket was last year’s spring must-have (I should know — I spent months looking for the perfect one!), but this season’s winter-to-spring transitioning staple is getting softer with suede! From blazers to bombers to biker styles and even cropped trenches, suede has a way of giving bolder styles a feminine edge and adds an instant sense of richness even to the most casual silhouettes. Plus, in those awkward in-between months it can be tough deciding how to dress to suit the season without freezing your butt off, so I’m all about the layers, and a suede jacket is a great way to stay warm while still looking season-appropriate and on-trend! Leave it up to Alexander Wang to keep things fresh with an asymmetric-zip coat that manages to stay breezy. Also, while I’m normally not a big fan of ultra-girlie details on jackets, I adore the ruching and ruffles of this INC suede jacket. The single closure cinches the shape in at just the right place! For a fashion-forward take on the classic biker jacket, I love this Ziggy suede jacket in dove gray. Layer it over a springy dress for the ultimate tough-meets-flirty look.
- Alex Gambardella
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The new year may have us surrounded by spring catalogs and wardrobe must-haves that have us looking forward to the warmer weather months ahead, but let’s face it — it’s still freakin’ cold. So before you get ahead of yourself and start stocking up for the springtime, don’t forget to make sure you’re prepared to bear the bitter chill of the last half of winter! One of this season’s cold-weather staples has been the puffer coat — but to be quite honest, I was never much of a fan. Don’t get me wrong — I understand the need to stay warm, but the whole puffy shapeless look never did much for my curvy figure. That’s why I’ve scoured the cyber-racks for some more stylish takes on the puffer coat — sleek and cropped, belted (yes!), feminine and quilted, and even moto-inspired — for a trendier take on the look that keeps you warm without sacrificing style. After all, unless you’re spending the day in a blizzard, there’s no excuse for an unflattering winter ensemble!
- Alex Gambardella
Even the most casual holiday parties require making a statement. Whether you are wearing jeans or a cocktail dress, a fabulous, boxy faux fur coat is the perfect topper to your look. It’s retro and glamorous in an appropriately over-the-top way. Fun faux fur is actually quite versatile – wear as you would a neutral with bold colors, or pop against black.
Black-and-white zebra print is slightly unexpected on (1) Alice + Olivia’s Faux Fur Shawl Collar Jacket, $367. It looks amazing against sequins, but would also be great with a simple pair of jeans. Try the (2) Jane Faux-Fur Jacket, $98, in striped brown print, for instant glamour. A slightly longer cut, dolman sleeves and hip pockets make (3) Patterson J. Kincaid’s Justyna Faux Fur Jacket, $268, the perfect coat for cozying up in. Channel your inner 1950′s screen siren in (4) TULLE’s Cropped Jacket, $75. Leopard print and retro-chic. Finally, the (5) ASOS Vintage Look Faux Fur Coat, $103.44, keeps you warm in the coolest of temps.
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