The fall runways showed the wide range of outstanding outerwear options available this season. The school bus yellow of Jean Paul Gautier's Technical Tartan Trenchcoat, far left, is cheerful on a gray fall day and we also like how it comes with a black patent leather belt. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, the designer showed a three-quarter sleeved coat in a red-and-black buffalo plaid, an item that's already sold out at most retailers. We found one online here, but we suggest also checking out Lim's same-fabric Editor Bag ($485). Made out of wool and leather, the tote is a perfect way to get a little plaid into your life if a coat seems overwhelming. Our final inspiration point is Chanel's short-sleeved tweed coat, which is simultaneously cool and chic.
If you're mad about plaid (sorry, we couldn't resist), perhaps you'll get a kick out of our picks. The orange plaid Dressage Swingcoat from Twelve by Twelve has a sweet, late 50's style and a sensible price ($89). If you want to channel Lindsay Lohan's recent plaid of choice, do so with the lumberjack look of Delia's Hayley Toggle Coat ($70.50). Runway watchers will note that the above-featured Marc by Marc Jacobs Plaid Coat made its debut at the designer's fall show, we're keen on the oversized collar and bracelet sleeves ($658).
Photo of Gwen, Pacific Coast News.