Your coat shouldn’t be an afterthought. In fact, during the brisk months ahead, we recommend building your outfit around your outerwear. To show you how it’s done, we’re peeling back the layers of 10 different coat-centric looks.
Photographer: Guy Lowndes
Fashion Editor: Laurie Trott
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A sleeveless plaid coat serves as an excellent layering piece over a jacket. Proportions can make or break the look, so balance the coat’s longer length with a sleek biker jacket that rests at the hips.
3.1 Phillip Lim Long Cape Vest ($895) in Multi White; 3.1 Phillip Lim Biker Crossfront Detail Jacket ($1,695) in Taupe; Chaser NPR Logo Tank ($60) in Grey; Blank NYC Skinny Classique Jeans ($88) in Pussy Riot; BCBGMAXAZRIA Jac Knit Hat ($68) in Charcoal; Annelise Michelson Simple Thorny Marie-Antoinette Necklace ($420) in White; Rag & Bone Large Pilot Bag ($925) in Grey; Dolce Vita Quid Heels ($209) in Bone.
Elevate a boyish mix of denim with an oversized topcoat in a rich chocolate hue.
Max Mara Kaiser Coat ($995, 310.385.9343, similar style here) in Tobacco; McGuire Workwear Jacket ($286, 323.651.4129, similar style here) in Wayfare; Rachel Comey Pillar Stripe Mere Shirt ($242, similar style here) in Blue; Joe’s Jeans Easy High Water Jeans ($165) in Jaide; Pamela Love Lateres Choker ($600) in Bronze with Jasper; Lucky Brand Elizabeth Laser Embossed Belt ($50) in Medium Brown; Mackage Carrie Large Messenger Bag ($450); Dolce Vita Fife Heels ($129) in Leopard.
Pink is the new black, so treat this fuzzy coat as a neutral with washed-out skinny jeans and a muted plaid shirt.
H&M Coat ($149) in Light Pink; Equipment Sullivan Cardigan ($318) in Camel; April, May Checked Clear Top ($209, similar style here) in Red; McGuire Mrs. Robinson Boyfriend Jeans ($218, 877.746.7267, similar style here) in Reverend; The Elder Statesman Echo Bunny Ribbed-Knit Cashmere Beanie ($270) in Grey; Denim & Supply Skinny Haircalf Belt ($45) in Pony Print; DKNY Leather Flap Crossbody Bag ($265, similar style here) in Ivory; Lele Sadoughi Falcon Bracelet ($275) in Silver; Paul Smith Leather Waters Loafers ($437) in Burgundy.
Play with a three-quarter sleeve evening coat by wearing a shrunken bomber jacket or blazer underneath. The feminine floral print begs for a tough note, which is what the black skinny jeans bring to the look.
Tory Burch Dayton Coat ($850) in Purple Combo; Joe’s Jeans Leather Bomber Jacket ($590) in Black; Diane von Furstenburg Jezebel Chiffon Tie Blouse ($275) in Black; Citizens of Humanity Rocket Highrise Skinny Jeans ($228) in Midnight; Kelly Wearstler Onyx Earrings ($295, 323.895.7880, similar style here); Time’s Arrow Trilogy Shoulder Bag ($725) in Black Croc; Oscar de la Renta Laura Heels ($695) in Black and Ivory
The peacoat an outerwear crowd pleaser, meaning it goes with everything. Since the piece itself is a bit understated, add interest to your look with a mix of textures (denim and leather) and prints (stripes).
A.L.C. Cannady Peacoat ($795) in Navy; LOFT Tri Stripe Sweater Tee ($40) in Fiery Red; Joe’s Jeans Dandy Woven Shirt ($168) in Yena; Lover Divinyl Mini Skirt ($400) in Rosewood; A.P.C. Chain Strap Bag ($620) in Dark Chestnut Brown; Eddie Borgo Bracelet ($442) in Gold; HUE Opaque Control Top Tights ($14) in Black; Giuseppe Zanotti Boots ($1,895).
A bold evening coat looks great with a cocktail dress, but try taking it out of its element with a pair of worn-in boyfriend jeans and a knit cap.
Alice + Olivia Analise A-Line Shawl Collar Coat ($898) in Gold Multi; Joe’s Jeans Rolled Tux Tee Shirt ($88) in White; Big Star Joey Distressed Rolled Slim Jeans ($142) in 25 Year Militia; Gap Chevron Stitch Hat ($20) in Navy; The 2 Bandits Darlene Earrings ($138) in Howlite Turquoise; Loeffler Randall Rider Bag ($650) in Black Dot Haircalf; Bruno Magli Rotsee Kitten Heels ($595).
For added warmth and an instantly chic ensemble, drape a chunky scarf around the neck. Note: the length of your scarf should match the hem of your coat.
Ace & Jig Opera Coat ($415, 415.497.4158, similar style here) in Military; LNA Camino Chiffon-Trimmed Slub-Jersey Top ($55) in White; Isabel Marant Lilian Leggings ($482) in Black; Echo Design Polka Dot Scarf ($42) in Black/White; Won Hundred Warm Scarf ($90) in Black; Pono Combo Pipeline Choker Necklace ($265, 919.932.9344, similar style here) in Ruby; Fendi Be-Baguette Bag ($2,950, 310.276.8888, similar style here) in Dove Grey; Gucci Kim Leather Lace-up Booties ($995) in Black.
The quickest way to toughen up a tailored menswear coat: add a biker vest on top. To further the look’s no holds barred vibe, throw on a sheer lace blouse and metallic heels.
Tibi Leather Moto Vest ($950, 212.226.5852, similar style here) in Black; BLK DNM Coat 6 ($1,195) in Aubergine; 7 For All Mankind Lace Top ($218) in Black; Triarchy Spider Tie Dye Jeans ($245, similar style here) in Grey; Gucci Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($345) in Shiny Black; French Connection Raven Bag ($348) in Black; Fendi Mirrored Leather T-Strap Pumps ($1,190).
The long and short of it: an ankle-grazing coat functions as the perfect balance for a minidress and combat boots.
Mara Hoffman Long Coat (similar style here); Guess Relaxed Ellie Denim Skirtall ($108, similar style here); Rag & Bone Marigold Top ($290) in Black; The 2 Bandits Wharf Rat Earrings ($128) in Black Onyx; Workhorse Corinna Necklace ($216); Rachel Zoe Montana Backpack ($395) in Saddle; Burberry Striped Silk Blend Scarf ($495, similar style here); HUE Luster Control Top Tights ($14) in Nutmeg; Rag & Bone Cozen Boots ($595) in Black.
Hit on the season’s grunge look (while simultaneously nodding to your daring side), by pairing a faux fur coat with a classic plaid oxford, zipper-detail skinnies, and quirky printed ankle boots.
Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Faux Fur Cocoon Coat ($795) in Powder Blue; Juicy Couture Sheer Plaid Blouse ($108) in Regal Brit Plaid; Paige Denim Edgemont Ultra Skinny Coated Jeans ($269) in City Fog; Michael Kors Biker Chain Necklace in Silver (similar style here); Chloè Baylee Tote ($2,320) in Marshmallow and Black; Shoe Cult Hot Dot Chelsea Boots ($120) in Polka Dot.