Whatever your preferred silhouette is this season—short and girly, long and slinky, mid-length and fitted—outsmart fickle climates with these foolproof coat and dress pairings.
A strapless, tiered ruffle dress is utterly sweet and girly, so play up that feminine vibe with a coat that nips in at the waist and flares out at the hips. Bonus: the jacket’s swingy silhouette won’t restrict the dress, which means no unwanted wrinkles.
Jill Stuart Celina Coat ($838, 212.343.2300) in Midnight; BCBGMAXAZRIA Jacklyn Sleeveless Dress with Tiered Ruffle Skirt ($398, available end of November) in Light Pearl; HUE Tinted Metallic Tights ($14); Mason/Stanley Bermuda Bangle ($5,500); Mason/Stanley Bermuda Stud Drop Earrings with Pave Diamonds ($900); Mason/Stanley Bermuda Stud Earrings with Pave Diamonds ($790); Roger Vivier Prismick Miroir Clutch Bag ($1,177); Brian Atwood Tribeca Patent Leather Platform Sandals ($895).
A structured coat that goes just past the waist and has a slightly retro feel works to temper a fuller skirt. Additionally, a simple black dress acts as the perfect blank canvas for whimsical touches, such as a bold print and a feather clutch.
Milly jacket (similar style here); Alice + Olivia Veena Sleeveless Flare Pleat Dress ($495, available December); Portolano Opera-Length Leather Gloves ($395); HUE Cotton Tissue Socks ($5); Kotur Fino Clutch ($850) in Multi; Giuseppe Zanotti Star-Detail Suede Cage Bootie-Sandals ($2,495).
For your next cocktail fete, accompany a sleek and sultry metallic frock with a dressed up tuxedo jacket. The tailored piece keeps the look feeling chic and polished, while offering a modern take on Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking look.
Proenza Schouler Long Tuxedo Coat ($2,490); DKNY Gold Sleeveless Cami Dress with Pleated Rosette Detail ($495, 800.231.0884); Echo Design Solid Oversized Silk Scarf ($58); HUE Backseam Sheer Tights ($18); Eddie Borgo Pave Ombre Crystal Large Cone Bracelet ($1,000) in Yellow/Pink; Salvatore Ferragamo Miniaudiere ($1,490) in Metal and Lucite; Christian Louboutin Decollete Patent Leather Stiletto Pumps ($625).
The slinky slip is the dress of the season and it happens to be perfect for the holiday party circuit, too. Lighter layers work best with this wisp of a dress, so try a furry vest over a velvet tuxedo jacket. You can removed the jacket indoors and keep on the vest for extra warmth.
Express Faux Fur Zip-Up Vest ($83); Burbery jacket; Nili Lotan Maxi Cami Dress ($495) in Wheat; Iosselliani Brass Mixed Colour Necklace ($570, 212.686.2211); Zara Leather and Fur Evening Bag ($80); Cole Haan Jovie High Sandals ($298).
The babydoll dress can read youthful, which is why we recommend elevating your look with a sophisticated coat and scarf combo. A boyfriend style that’s the same length as the dress will do the trick.
Topshop Fluffy Boyfriend Coat ($178); ASOS Smock Dress with Velvet Burnout ($107) in Red; Urban Outfitters Colorblock Oversized Eternity Scarf ($29); HUE Fishnet Tights ($14); Mawi Double Stack Closed Link Bike Chain ID Bracelet with Spikes ($583, available December); Christian Louboutin Loubiposh Clutch ($995); Walter Steiger Short Back Zip Ankle Boots ($895).
Mimic the clean lines of a shift dress with a long, menswear-inspired coat that hits at the ankle.
Theyskens’ Theory coat (similar style here); Theory Lyall Silk Layered Dress ($295); Ann Taylor Leather Bow Gloves ($78); Nancy Gonzalez Cigarette Clutch ($2850, available for special order at Bergdorf Goodman) in Grey Astrakhan; Christian Louboutin T Slick 120 Heels ($965).