The weather has been nowhere near frightful and much closer to what I would call delightful for a late northern November, as fall takes its sweet time transitioning into winter. I honestly cannot remember a more temperate fall, which has made this anti-winter gal extremely happy. Hello Spanish-style winter. I am pleased to meet you and do believe I quite like what you have to offer.
I also know, however, that all good things must come to an end, El Niño or no-Niño year. Soon enough we’ll wake up to a foot of snow, shocking us out of our balmier days merriment. So unless you live in SoCal, brace yourself because winter is cumin’. And if you do find yourself with a foot or more of snow in SoCal, the apocalypse is upon us, in which case you may want to grab your survival kit and head for the hills, bunker or your own private yacht or island and take cover.
For the rest of us who are more familiar with the seasonal changes, let’s talk coats. Depending on where you live, how you commute to and from work, and what your outdoor activity level is, the needs will be different. But we have to start somewhere so indulge me as I share with you what is current and on trend for winter outerwear.
Pastel coloured coats are the hottest ticket in town. For the past few years we’ve seen the pastel coat trend that contrasts so beautifully against the stark white of winter. The soft colours pop against many a skin tone, giving us that much needed boost as the skin gets paler or ashier with each passing day. It also adds a vibrancy offsetting the dark, dreary doldrums-y days by giving a little psychological boost as well. This year, the way to wear your pastel coat is tone on tone colour and in its oversized version. For example, select a seafoam green coat and match it with a scarf in the same hue as seen done with this Banana Republic coat below. To complete the look, wear it over your seafoam coloured sweater. Magnifico.
Plaids, Prints and Checks
This is for the bold at heart or those who want to see and be seen. The look will definitely be noticed and looks best when it’s oversized and paired over skinny or tailored bottoms. It’s a bit more casual, but very fashion forward.
The Oversized Coat
The oversized coat dominates for 2015-2016, but this is a tricky look to pull off. It’s best on a taller, slimmer frame, and if you can show some skin by pushing up your sleeves a bit or pairing with a stiletto bootie that makes it look that much better. And while the look is great for a photo shoot, it kind of defeats the purpose of the need for a winter coat.
The Duster Coat
This floor length coat goes all the way to the ground so you will be fully covered, except that wearing it open is the most flattering way to do it so brace your core. It also has the dual purpose of allowing you to help with city snow removal. Your look will be bang on trend for the season in a to-the-ground duster coat. I think all northern cities should offer buyers a tax rebate if we purchase one.
The Faux Fur Coat
The fluffy coat is at the height of style. Try one in comfort colours like black, grey or beige, but why not try it in a bolder hue like blue or a colour blocked, multi-tonal version or animal print.
The Robe Coat
The robe coat is an elegant, feminine coat that continues to be popular this season. Probably because it looks great on most and makes you feel pretty in it with its feminine cut and silhouette. It should hit mid-calf or longer and looks best when paired with a stiletto, feminine or sexy footwear. This coat style looks great on curvy girls in particular, but can be worn by most any frame. Just remember to tailor the length to fit your height. Petites might want to lift the hemline a bit higher than mid-calf. And give that belt a really good tug to cinch in your waist and define it. This coat is meant to be romantic and dainty.
The Parka or Puffer Coats
If you live in the deep freeze parts of the world, a puffer coat or parka is an investment well worth making. They come in a variety of price points, but you truly get what you pay for when it comes to the down filled coats and they are worth every penny. Remember, you will be wearing this day-in and day-out for months on end, for yearson end, so the dollar to wear ratio really isn’t so daunting when you think of it that way. If you spend time outdoors, this is the must have coat for you. Look for a parka that maintains a slimmer line to take the Michelin Man out of the look. Mackage and Rudsak do an incredible job taking the parka and making it streamlined and elegant. TNA at Aritzia offer a fun, casual coat great for staying warm, but also looking casual and carefree. However, if you truly want to stay warm, look no further than the mother of all parkas, the iconic Canada Goose down coat. These parkas are built for extreme temperatures so it truly is the must have parka for northern girls and boys, but also adds a dimension of chic luxury that radiates casual fashion. You will be warm as toast in these coats.
This one below gave me a giggle. An example of a non-streamlined puffer coat. Fashion as art. We don’t always understand it but we can laugh.
The pre-Black Friday sales are on now, and while some lines never or rarely go on sale, others will have big markdowns of 50% off or more this week. So why delay? Get up and go and aim to get yourself a great deal or at least a great coat and be ready for whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at us.