The Sexy Way To Wear Your Coat

We’ll come right out and say it: a short hemline plus a longer coat equals the sexiest way to wear your coat. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s address the logistics. If you’re unsure how to execute this slightly intimidating ensemble equation, click through for 12 examples from fashionable celebs, chic street stylers, and standout runway looks.

Allison Williams

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AKM-GSI

Sexy Scale: Mild
The Girls actress recently stepped out in New York in a Christian Dior dress and nude Christian Louboutin pumps—a super chic combo, to be sure. But what caught our eye was the dramatic, sweeping gray coat Williams wore. Who said ladylike and sexy can’t be synonymous? We sure didn’t.

Street Style

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Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème

Sexy Scale: Mild
Commit to the part with a pop of color to define your hemline, like this off-duty model. She paired a menswear coat with crimson shorts and a slouchy t-shirt, creating the perfect balance between masculine and feminine (the ultimate goal, in our humble opinion).

Hailee Steinfeld

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Justin Campbell/startraksphoto.com

Sexy Scale: Light
If you’re looking for more of a cool-girl vibe rather than sex kitten, go with Steinfeld’s recent outfit. She layered a shin-length black coat over a Prabal Gurung top and skirt, and accessorized with a brimmed-hat and lace-up boots, giving the ensemble a relaxed, unstudied appeal.

Street Style

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The Styleograph

Sexy Scale: Light
We’re not suggesting you seduce your boss (that never ends up well), but this look is a perfect example of how to make your sexy-coat ensemble work at the office. The key is selecting pieces with sharp lines and muted colors, and wearing sleek accessories.

Valentino S/S 14

Sexy Scale: Mild
We understand that not everyone wants to define her look as “sexy,” which is why we included this incredibly romantic ensemble from Valentino’s S/S 14 runway. The tassel, cheetah-print coat combined with satin shorts and bow-tie blouse left us utterly inspired.

Street Style

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Style Du Monde

Sexy Scale: Light
Okay, so we know it’s like, 1 degree outside, but tuck this one away for spring (if it ever comes). If you’re trying to make denim cutoffs and a blouse feel fresh, all you need to do is toss a bright, lightweight coat over it. Those cheetah-print brogues would probably help, too.

Miu Miu S/S 14

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coat, runway, boots, shorts

Sexy Scale: Sizzling
Forgive the pun (it was just too easy), but what better way to rock this look than with a cat-print coat?

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Just Another Fashion Blog

Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog 
Sexy Scale: Mild 
We love a good black-and-white ensemble, which is why we squealed with delight when we spotted this stylish blogger in a white ASOS cocoon coat, and black dress and ankle boots. Bonus style tip: try a pendant necklace, like Dengler’s vintage key one.

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Fashion Vibe

Zina Charkoplia of Fashion Vibe
Sexy Scale: Sizzling
​If you told us to pair thigh-high boots with leather shorts, we’d probably inch away slowly, but this outfit totally works. Why, you ask? Allow us to apply the law of physics: to achieve the perfect sexy coat outfit, the degree at which your scandalous pieces increase must travel at the same speed your casual pieces increase. In other words: balance it out and you’re golden.

Carven S/S 14

Sexy Scale: Mild
​Admittedly the inspiration for this story, Carven’s S/S 14 runway was chock full of great ways to wear a long coat with a short hemline. This particular look is great because it balances a spicy LBD with a floral print coat, for an always-desirable effortless look.

Alexandra Golovanoff

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The Styleograph

Sexy Scale: Mild
We knew we could rely on this stylish journalist to exhibit an ensemble with elements of insider appeal and sex appeal. She drew attention to her legs and her waistline by fastening a lime coat around matching tweed top and shorts. The takeaway: if you’ve got a matching shorts set, try it with a long coat.

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Adenorah

Anne-Laure of Adenorah
Sexy Scale: Light
​The French do sexy well, which is why we turned to blogger Anne-Laure for style advice. Her Choies coat paired with a Forever 21 sweater and skirt looked ultra-chic, especially when accessorized with bold H&M sunglasses and sporty Stan Smith shoes.

Joyce Linen Mix Coat ($670)

Try it with: leather shorts and a chunky sweater.

Duster Coat ($111)

Try it with: a textured dress.

Steven Alan

Car Coat ($425)

Try it with: denim cutoffs and a ladylike blouse.

Dogtooth Printed Throw On Coat ($150)

Try it with: a fedora and motorcycle boots.

Club Monaco

Isabella Trench ($329)

Try it with: a t-shirt and polished shorts.

Poodle Coat ($445)

Try it with: a slip dress