Stay Warm in Statement Coats

It has been unseasonably warm in Des Moines the past few days. I won’t complain; I know biting cold winds and freezing precipitation are in the weather forecasts of my near future. Every time I imagine trekking across campus to classes in the snow, the great “I can’t put my arms down!” scene from “A Christmas Story” comes to mind. Little Randy’s puffy red coat might have kept him warm, but it also rendered him immobile.

Instead of a thick, uncomfortable ski coat this winter, consider one of the season’s more exciting statement coats. They’ll keep you just as warm, but are more flattering and make a dramatic impact. Look for dynamic details, a bold color, or  a trendy pattern and you’ll rock the salted sidewalks like a runway. Style aside, you’ll have an easy time finding your coat in a pile of black wool jackets at holiday parties this year. Sold yet?

DETAILS: Hunt for faux-fur, dramatic collars, mixed textures or unique closures. The berry colored coat above, $130 from Miss Selfridge, features a fun full peplum skirt and military-esque epaulets.

COLOR: When the snow gets dirty and everything in sight is a shade of gray, throw on a brightly hued coat to stand out. A traditional cut looks contemporary, not stuffy, in a trendy color like this shade of yellow. The mohair and wool jacket by Just in Case could keep you warm in even the harshest winter weather.

PATTERN: A patterned coat will set you apart in a sea of typical black and gray pea coats. This season you can find everything from stripes and floral to the Rebecca Taylor ombre leopard print coat above. If you are looking for a more versatile pattern you can’t go wrong with classic houndstooth or tweed, both of which are in abundance this winter.

Finally, for kicks…

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