Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Caroline vs. Winter Coats

Now that we're into November and temperatures in Toronto are firmly below double digits, I've been thinking a lot about winter outerwear.  A winter coat is very important, because not only does it keep you warm, it also is the only thing most people see you in for up to five months of the year.  When I was younger I spent a lot of time in brightly coloured ski jackets, but when I was fifteen I knew it was time for a big-girl coat.  My pick was a classic black wool peacoat, by way of a Boxing Day sale at Fairweather in Yorkdale, which I wore for three winters straight.  I eventually replaced it with another black peacoat, this time from Aritzia, but have since started a collection with various styles and colours.  Even though I will never not love a good black coat, some days just call for something a little different.  Below are some coats from around the web that I'm loving right now.

Neutrals
I love a good neutral coat.  It's easy to mix and match neutrals with accessories and the rest of your outfit, and a neutral colour palette also allows for more focus to be put on little details that can make a coat extra special.
Eva of Miss Renaissance wears a Burberry Prorsum AW12 trench jacket, and Blair of Atlantic-Pacific shows off a Joe Fresh puffer jacket, reminiscent of classic Chanel.  I'm super proud that Joe Fresh is doing so well south of the border!

The red piping really makes Caroline de Maigret's grey number stand out in Phil Oh's photo.

Emma Stone rocks the neutrals, adding some interest with leather pockets, and Vanessa Jackman captures Suzie Bird's amazing outerwear.  That jacket is proof that just because it is neutral does not mean it is boring.

Kelly from The Glamourai shows off her collarless trench: a classic shape shaken up with contrasting textures.  Love!

Two monochromatic jackets found on Tumblr (1, 2).  This just goes to show that the tiniest of details can make all the difference in the shape and style of a jacket.

Colours
Something I've learned during my many long Canadian winters is that it is definitely important to play with colourful outerwear.  I am black's number one fan, but sometimes a colourful jacket - I went for  bright red one by Roxy, via Winners a few years ago - can be the one thing to brighten up an otherwise dreary winter day.  Especially when we get into slushy season in January and February (yuck!).
Blue is an easy transition to make from black, and Alexandra Golovanoff and Style Scrapbook's Andy make it look extra fresh.

It's so easy to play with solid colours, the key is just to find the right one!  Two photos from The Locals, showing off a bright red and a blush pink.

Clearly I'm really into Vanessa Jackman's photography, but what can I say.  Valentina Siragusa shows off a pop of kelly green on an otherwise black coat, and my style spirit animal Miroslava Duma goes all out in forest green, making an extra statement with that amazingly giant fur collar.  I actually really want that coat now.

Patterns
Not that it's breaking news, but patterns are having a major moment right now!  Winter coats are an especially playful way to amp up an outfit that might otherwise be less than exciting.  I haven't budgeted for a new coat this winter, but if anyone wants to gift me one I'll take a fancy patterned one please!
Valentina di Pinto is R.o.C.k.I.n.G the Canadian tuxedo + zebra print look; no accessories necessary, the coat speaks for itself.  Over on the right we have this amazing plaid coat captured by Vanessa Jackman in New York last February.  I love that she kept the rest of her outfit black and grey; anything else and the look would have been too busy.
So, what do you guys think?  Personally I'm not quite ready yet to stop wearing my autumn jackets, so until Toronto is consistently below zero I'll just be layering like crazy and crying over all the beautiful coats that exist outside my closet.

xx, C.

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