Monday, January 11, 2016

2015 Was the Year of the Coat

Every year I seem to have a specific "item" that I'm stocking up on.  One year it was boots: I invested in my Sorels, Uggs, and Hunters.

Another year it was sweaters: I ended up with 5 different types of turtleneck, nordic, and fisherman sweaters.

A different year it was scarves.  Ah, who am I kidding, every year is scarves for me.

But this year specifically, I have been searching for the right outerwear pieces to round out my wardrobe.  Especially when the winters in Michigan are harsh, oftentimes the only thing people see is my coat!

Since I've spent this much time curating my own coat collection, I thought I would share with you my new additions and how to complete your own collection.

(from top left to bottom right)

1. Lightweight Jacket
Every closet needs a short jacket that looks good with jeans or yoga pants.  This timeless style will take you from fall to spring and provide the perfect amount of warmth.  Trust me, there are plenty days that I just wanted a cute coat to throw on and go.  This one does the trick!  It was definitely a splurge for me, but I took into consideration the classic style, timeless brand, and high-quality when purchasing.  (And used my Nordstrom notes + a few gift cards. That helped.)

2. Collarless Wool Coat
It is coooold out there!!  The double-cloth wool coat is spot on with its style and function.  The collarless top is great for layering scarves over to give it a finishing touch.  I also like that there is plenty of room for layering underneath without looking bulky.  The winter white color is a bonus that it looks great with black and any color cold-weather accessories!  I scooped up this beauty for less than $100 when J.Crew offered 50% off of sale + a 15% off teacher discount.  
(I also have my hooded, to my knees, look-like-I'm-wearing-a-sleeping-bag-in-public coat for those -15º days.  It's just not as stylish.)

3. Fur-embellished Coat
2015 was the year of fur.  Fur pom-poms on purses, fur scarves, fur on hoods, fur on gloves, fur on coats!  I couldn't pass up the fun factor of this plush wool coat with the colorful fur stripes.  This coat can go on over just about anything and be the center of attention.  (What you love my coat? Awesome! It totally distracts you from noticing that I'm still wearing my pajamas underneath.) But seriously, when you find a coat that's FUN, I can guarantee you'll feel fabulous in it.  I found this one during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in June and knew I would regret not taking it home with me when December rolled around.

4. Bright Seasonless Topper
A coat that is lightweight, has a bold color, and girly details will always dress up any outfit.  This particular coat can be worn as part of an outfit or as an extra layer of warmth.  Since it's not made to layer bulky items underneath, it is also very slimming.  This coat was a steal from a fellow mom who was selling it for $5.  

5. Hooded Raincoat
Okay, total deal here.  This coat came from Abercrombie & Fitch for the whopping price of $9.99.  Don't hate me.  It was just there on the sale rack, waiting, for me to grab it and run!  But seriously, every closet needs a raincoat.  And not the bright vinyl yellow kind to splash in the puddles with.  A stylish raincoat that will also double as a great layer when it's sunny out at well. 

Are you having the year of the coat like me?  Or are there other items on your "must have" list?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

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