The one bright spot in winter's dreadful chilly months is getting to wrap up in some of the season's hottest coats. And now that chilly temperatures seem to have arrived, it's time to take a look at some of the styles and colors in outerwear that will have you begging for a frosty day.
Ruffles add interest and femininity to a jacket or coat. This delicate detail can turn the most basic outerwear piece into an elegant ensemble-topper. When shopping for this trend be sure to keep in mind that ruffles look best when worn at the neckline, framing the face.
Shown: Elie Tahari black wool coat with ruffle neckline, $698, from Neiman Marcus.
Red is the hottest color of the season, and what better way to wear it than with a gorgeous jacket? Whether you opt for a short burgundy peacoat with oversize buttons or a candy apple knee-length trench, a coat in this color is sure to become a classic.
Shown: Dark red peacoat with oversize black button accents, $128, from the Limited.
On days when the sky is gray, a pretty winter-white coat is like a breath of fresh air. This crisp color looks best kept simple — on structured trench styles with classically clean lines. Find one with interesting details such as silver metallic buttons or a bold-colored silk lining.
Shown: White knee-length military-inspired trench coat with silver button accents, $198, from White House/Black Market.
Nothing combines biker cool with classic urban chic better than a leather jacket this season. Thrown over a dress and tights or paired with skinny jeans and boots, this jacket is as versatile as it is stylish. We love the variety of details — everything from brass buttons to zippers. Look for Amelia Earhart-inspired leather bomber jackets to be big this fall.
Shown: Brown leather bomber jacket with front zipper pockets, $750, from Neiman Marcus.
Faux fur hit the runways in full force last spring and is on everything from boots to sweaters. But this season we are falling for the faux-fur jackets that seem to be on display just about everywhere. Whether you prefer a more subtle approach, such as fur trim, or love the idea of a jacket covered in fur, you will look fashion-forward every time you step outside.
Shown: Elevenses gray wool trench-style coat with toggle closures and faux-fur trim, $268, from Anthropologie.
Prints and patterns
From plaids to houndstooth, patterns are a fantastic way to have fun with your style this season. A coat is a great place to introduce some color in your wardrobe, too — step out of your comfort zone and go with a pretty plum shade, for example. A figure-flattering tip: If you're going for a bold pattern or print, choose a shorter jacket (like a peacoat) to keep the look from swallowing you.
Shown: Merona plum plaid peacoat with large button accents, $40, from Target.