Cold days call for nice, warm coats. But no matter what you wear inside, one coat essentially just gives you that one winter outfit, especially when you're staying outdoors, #AmIRight? I love buying coats, but I can only have so many in my New York City-sized closet space. Plus, I enjoy re-wearing the same items in different ways, so I'm constantly experimenting!
Today, I'm sharing a few tips on how to style the same outerwear, making your one coat look like eight different ones! My "foundation piece" here is a black wool coat I got from Reiss a few years ago (similar here).
Add a Vest Over the Coat
This is perfect for those super cold days (like when New York gets hit by a #bombcyclone). Add a vest, short or long, over your coat to keep the body extra warm! I decide to go for a puffer vest for a casual weekend look.
The easiest way to give your outerwear a different look is to add a statement belt. This is possibly my most frequent go-to method. Big coats tend to hide all your curves, so I love this trick because it highlights the waistline.
Utilize a Blanket Scarf
Put a shawl over your shoulders to add another layer to your coat. I wanted a pop of color, so I went for this pink one from Acne Studios. You can wrap the shawl all the way around your shoulders and upper arms too for a classy look, perfect for a nice dinner date.
Add a Fur Collar
You can now find faux fur collars almost everywhere since it is so in-trend this season! I actually have just been using the fur that I took off from a parka because it works just like a collar when I put it around my neck! The fur adds a sophisticated element to the overall look.
Wear a Waterfall Collar Jacket Underneath
Double it up by wearing a jacket with a waterfall collar (or just big collars) inside the coat. Flip out the collar so it looks like it belongs to the original coat! This is also a very good way to stay extra warm in those extra cold days. The piece I wore inside the coat is a thin cashmere jacket, so it provides me with more warmth without adding too much bulk.
Layer Another Coat or Jacket Over Shoulders
I have a trench coat from Uniqlo that has an extra padded layer in the lining so it is warm, but certainly still not warm enough in the negatives. However, because it is a great windbreaker, it really keeps me warm when I put it over my shoulders on my coat! This combination came together by accident, but I really like it because it also adds texture to the overall look.
Spice Up the Sleeves
Wear long gloves to add a twist to your sleeves! Since I'm wearing all black, I decided to pick out a pair of color block long gloves for more of a fun look. If you don't have a pair of long gloves and don't plan to buy one, then roll up the coat's sleeves to reveal whatever you're wearing underneath.
Maxi-fy Your Coat
Turn your coat into a maxi by wearing a long skirt. I like mixing different materials in one outfit, so I picked out a sheer maxi skirt with gold embroidery and wore it with my thermal leggings to keep my legs warm. You can easily make this work for a fancier event.
If you give any of these tricks a try, please share your photo(s) with me in the comments below! I'd love to see how you style your winter coats, too. Thank you for reading!
Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.
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