And what is the most important component of a fall/winter wardrobe, you ask? Yes, you need a great pair of boots, a few fuzzy scarves, and a new showstopper handbag, but it’s your winter coat that creates the biggest and most immediate impact. It’s the item you wear everyday, what friends and coworkers see you in first—a signature piece; and yet, it amazes me how little thought people put into purchasing a winter coat. The same nondescript black coat does diligent duty for years on end. It probably doesn’t fit; it surely no longer looks current or even slightly interesting.
I agree that practical is important, but how about pretty? Thankfully, this season is not about the blah, mid-thigh black coat with big shiny black buttons. (Wow, just writing that bored me.) There are countless fun options for all styles and budgets.
The first thing to consider when buying a new winter coat is a.) the climate you live in and b.) your overall personal style. Don’t pick up a floor length puffer if you live in sunny San Diego. A cropped lightweight wool jacket or sweater coat might do the trick. If you live in your casual sportswear, don’t even think about purchasing a cape. Stick to sporty anoraks or puffers. Below are a few outerwear options to consider investing in this season.