I’ve spent a good amount of time on both the East and West coast this fall, and now that December has hit, wherever we are, it seems like coats are definitely in order. Some days call for something light for layering, and some more heavy duty for cooler temps. We also have parties on the calendar, so for this week’s post, I thought I’d give a roundup of some versatile jackets and coats that can pack a style punch as well as a functional one.
For a long silhouette in a color that’s versatile whilst not being black, the Mai Coat is my favorite. I’m not tall (5’5”), but feel that I can pull off the length and the wide collar. It feels like butter and can be worn with jeans and a tee or over a cocktail dress and every daytime look in between. It’s what I would call a wardrobe hero. Here I’ve styled it with a turtleneck sweater and yummy merino leggings, and a pair of suede kitten heeled boots.
When your mood can’t decide, how about a reversible jacket - a cool combo of shearling on one side, and suede patchwork on the other. This jacket may be short, but it’s very warm. It’s also not bulky which makes it a great jacket to throw on and off depending on the weather. I’m styling it with a pair of boyfriend jeans and similar here (sized down, cause baggy is a bit tricky for me to pull off), a tonal turtleneck, similar here, here, and here and my new favorite loafers. They are incredibly comfortable and give me at least another inch in height, which I love!
For those who live in climates that don’t get very cold often, a good everyday jacket is this one. It’s cut oversized - think your husband/partner’s blazer but with a feminine feel. It has a subtle plaid and I love that it’s not black but can play well with black. I’ve styled it with boyfriend jeans and loafers again, and threw on a new scarf for a little textural pop. The scarf is from a new designer to us, Begg + Co, and is made in bonny Scotland. Look out for it coming online soon, along with some great knitwear.
I believe that every wardrobe needs a camel car coat. It’s a timeless classic that goes the distance. What I love about this one is that it’s a little playful, not too serious, and feels like a blanket. I’m wearing it with a cashmere crew from Madeleine Thompson that I just pulled out of the box (coming online soon), the yummy merino leggings, and Chelsea boots that I wear on repeat this time of year.
I personally haven’t had a biker jacket in my wardrobe for years, but this one has me ready to take the plunge again. Its classic styling and cropped length makes me want to style it with dresses or a long skirt, as I’m wearing here. For women my age and older, it feels like a fresh take on an otherwise youthful jacket. A crisp white shirt tucked in underneath would be pretty or as I've done here, monochrome with a cashmere crew, tights and suede booties.
When a blazer just isn’t going to cut it with the cooler temps, this double breasted jacket does the trick. It’s a thicker weight, and a longer silhouette to cover the booty. I love the color because this stone hue truly goes with every color in your wardrobe and it can play equally well with jeans and pants or long skirts and dresses, and, as I’m showing here, with leggings. A knee high boot would look great as do these kitten heel booties.
If you’re looking for a great shell that you can reach for when running out the door to walk the dog or pack in a weekend bag for outdoor activities, this jacket is super lightweight and rolls up small. It can be worn alone or layered under a heavier coat for extra warmth and the color (they’re calling in military) is easy on all skin tones. Definitely a sportier style for layering with leisurewear, or thrown on with jeans and a sweater.
There you have it, seven jackets/coats that I picked for their style and versatility, whether you’re East Coast or West. And if you’re looking for a week’s worth of outfits, this can help with that too. Feel free to ask me any questions or styling advice at firstname.lastname@example.org , and I included all the pieces that we have online from the looks in the collection below for easy searching. Happy December, friends!
Lots of love,