Saturday, December 1, 2007

Statement-making Coats

So winter's in full swing. We all want different styles of coats unlike in the old days when women had one big ol' plain coat to carry them through all winter and they looked the same for months. How drab is that?! The designers have come up with statement-making coats this season and we definitely need a few different styles, right ladies? Here are some great tips from Clare Coulson of Telegraph who explains why one coat is not enough for this year and what to look for in a great coat.

TIPS FOR BUYING Technicolor dream coats:

• Rich colours are popular this season, but choose something with longevity. By next year royal blue may look a bit passé, while something more classic such as claret will stand the test of time.

• Your coat should match the dominant silhouette of your wardrobe. Don't buy a mid-length one if you regularly wear calf-length skirts.

• Texture can make your coat look more luxurious than it really is; look for brushed mohairs and rich bouclés.

• Factor in how thick your other clothes will be in the bone-chilling depths of winter - a fitted coat could feel too snug once you have added a chunky jumper.

• Beware cropped sleeves. They may look great but you will be cursing your choice when you have freezing arms.

Fendi Shawl collar coat $3,190. Love Love love this dark gray cashmere shawl collar coat! However it does have cropped sleeves so you don't want your arms freezing like Clare Coulson says, so I would definitely suggest very warm long leather gloves for protection and a shot of glamour.

Burberry Stanford trench coat $895. I've always been a big fan of military coats for the crisp structured shape and the sharp hardware. This Burberry coat is a timeless version.

Notte by Marchesa Brocade swing coat $795. Isn't this silver-and-champagne brocade swing coat gorgeous or what? It definitely makes a statement when pairing with your eveningwear for a grand entrance. The brocade fabric has such an opulent and old-fashioned feel but the shape and sleeve detailing of this coat makes it so modern and adorable.

Diane von Furstenberg Ponte di Roma coat dress $398. DVF took her wrap dress and made it into a fab dress coat. So pretty and feminine with the open neckline and self-tie belt, it completely makes the outfit on its own. What more can you ask for?

TWILLTWENTYTWO 'Chelsea' Plaid Double Breasted Coat $232. Love the soft-toned plaid patterns and the pink buttons, makes the coat very lady-like. And the lantern sleeves are right on the trend of putting emphasis on the sleeves.

Looksup Balloon-sleeved Wool Coat $125. Yes, color! Get funky by pairing a pair of purple tights with this flattering green coat.

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