Choosing the Perfect Statement Coat

Stylish woman in coat and hat

With the colder months creeping up on us, it is time to update your wardrobe to reflect the changing seasons, and this means adding in some fall and winter coats. While neutral colors and styles may be great to wear year upon year, a statement coat is always fun to have, as this will instantly brighten up your cold weather outfits, and help you to stand out from the crowd.

Bold but Classic Colors and Prints
While you want your coat to make a statement, you do not want it to appear too trendy, as this will mean that you will not be able to wear it next year. When it comes to choosing colors and prints, opt for ones that are bold and vibrant, but still elegantly classic, such as stripes, checks or animal prints. These patterns tend to not go out of style, making your statement coat quite the investment piece.

Smiling woman in brown coat

Dramatic Silhouettes
Not everybody enjoys wearing bold colors and prints, and, if this is the case for you, then you can always look to the silhouette of your coat to make a statement. There are so many different styles out there that can really add some drama to your outfit, even if they are in neutral colors, such as oversized coats, vintage-inspired coats, and exaggerated details, from zippers to buttons to pockets. However, when it comes to picking a silhouette, you still need to make sure that it suits your body shape. Those who are taller can go for longer styles of coats, while those who are more petite should opt for styles that are shorter and well-tailored.

Try Out Different Fabrics and Textures
The majority of winter coats out there will be made from a waterproof fabric, as winters tend to be wet. However, do not be afraid to opt for alternative fabrics and textures when it comes to picking out a statement coat, whether this may be leather, tweed, cashmere, faux fur, or a knit. If the choices are too overwhelming, try to consider the types of outfits that you will be wearing your coat with, and opt for a fabric and texture that will contrast with this.

Smiling woman posing in colorful wool coat

Do Not Forget About Warmth
While you are thinking about color, print, silhouette, fabric and texture, you need to ensure that you do not forget to pick out a coat that will provide you with sufficient warmth, because this is, after all, its purpose. When it comes to warmth, wool coats tend to be the warmest, but, if you have opted for a cooler fabric or cut, you can still make sure that the coat features a warm lining, whether this may be fleece, shearling, or another cosy fabric.

A statement coat is a great way to add some attitude to your winter outfits, but you need to ensure that you pick one that not only flatters you, but also complements the rest of your winter wardrobe. Do not forget that when wearing a statement coat, you should try to keep the rest of your accessories simple, as this will help your coat to really stand out.

Faux Fur Trends for Fall 2015

We have seen many seasons come and go since faux fur made a welcome return our wardrobes.  I for one have a few pieces that I look forward to wearing every year when the cold weather kicks in.

Thankfully the styles hitting the shops for Fall/Winter 2015 are no different.

Hot off the catwalk from shows like Stella McCartney and Louis Vuitton faux fur was the centerpiece in many collections.

So how are we wearing it this season?
Well believe it or not, faux fur is extremely versatile, whether you like to go all out and don your fur from head to toe or prefer to just add a hint with a fabulously fluffy accessory, there is something for everyone.  The fash-pack has been favoring all things over-sized, coats, jumpers you name it.

Faux Fur Gillet

The Vest
You don’t need to be a five year old to pull off a vest.  It is one of those faux fur pieces that can be paired with anything from jeans and a shirt to your favorite party dress.

Faux Fur Coat

The Coat
Of course we can’t talk about faux fur without including the all-important coat.  A wardrobe staple, if you make the right investment you will have it for many seasons to come.  Perfect for keeping you warm on cold mornings over your work wear or evenings heading out to dinner.

Faux Fur Accessories

The Accessories
If you like to keep things simple but want to be on trend, then adding a fluffy accessory will have you bang up to date without feeling out of your comfort zone.  From faux fur stoles and scarves to positively fluffy puppy-dog-like bags you can update your wardrobe to suit your individual style.

Faux Fur Shoes

The Shoes
Dare to bare?  How much do you suffer for your style?  Well, this trend will push all kinds of limits.  Some of this season’s shoes pretty much border on adding a fur pompom to your summer sandal.  If, like me, you’d rather not risk it then stick to either fur topped boots or all out furry snow stoppers.

Regardless of how you wish to sport this season’s faux fur, the key to this re-occurring trend is to just enjoy it, have fun and never think you need to save it for a special occasion.  It is here to stay.  So swish your way down the supermarket aisle in your stunning coat and have your stylish Hollywood moment with your burger and fries.  You only live once!!