Don’t You Love a Statement Coat?

I have mixed feelings about winter.  I love snow—especially when it’s fresh and falling—but I hate when it sits on New York City sidewalks collecting dust, dirt, and grime.  I love the cooler weather because it lends to layering and experimenting with different fabrics, but I hate the extra windy days because it makes the temperature at least 10 degrees colder.  I love the five-or-so months it’s considered “appropriate” (if not necessary) to wear a coat.  Yup, I do!  No extra conditions, no “ifs,” no “buts.”

I love a good coat.  Don’t you?

If I described my style in one word, it would probably be “laid back.” “Chill,” in my opinion, has always been “in.” Minus the color palette and appropriate accessories (bags, jewelry, and shoes), I’ve always prioritized comfort. I am more confident when I’m comfortable with what I’m wearing. Often times, that’s a great pair of jeans, a soft sweater, and some nice kicks, but if I leave my apartment, I like to pull everything together with my outermost layer.

In this outfit, I’m wearing an IRO mustard coat, a well-loved pair of Levi’s, and super cool green buckle heels from Paul Andrew

Since moving to New York roughly 7 years ago, I’ve modified my fashion closet significantly.  While I’ve adopted everyone’s general preference for all-black clothing, I still keep statement pieces here and there to add occasional pops of color to any outfit I’m wearing.

Statement coats, like this boxy over-sized one, are a great way to help keep warm, hide food babies, and pull a look together.  To keep with my low-key theme, I completed my outfit with rings from EF Collection.

When in doubt, keep it simple, silly!

For all you creatives, this outfit is perfect for work.  It’s elevated enough to show that you’ve put effort into what you’ve chosen to wear, but it’s also chill, laid-back, and all sorts of comfortable.  If you are stuck with a more rigid dress code for work, this option would also be great for weekend brunchings or afternoons out!

I like to cuff my jeans because it elongates my petite frame and highlights my heels, but feel free to do you!  Experiment with style and comfort level.  Dressing as who you are is always a work in progress!  Just in case you’re wondering, I opted for a simple Theory nude silk blouse for a top that doesn’t take away from the coat!

Anyway,  Happy Tuesday, everyone! Let me know what you think of this outfit!

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