Sunday, November 4, 2012

My Greatest Fall/Winter Weakness

If there is something I swoon for more than a killer pair of heels or a luscious handbag, it's outerwear. Coats, jackets, capes- I love them all. I adore the idea of creating a second outfit to cover up another outfit so as to have TWO amazing stylish looks at various points throughout the day. This is no small feat, of course. In order to be as stylish outside as inside, there need to be quite a few outerwear options hanging in your closet. If I run into an amazing jacket or coat while shopping, I will be hard pressed to walk away from it.

Give me drama in the form of a bold color or a bright print or a full, fur collar. Give me an hourglass silhouette with a nipped-in waist and a full bottom. Give me a sleek look with a slim trench or simple cape. Give me toggles, give me buttons, give me zippers! Give me wool, cashmere, and fur for the cold months. Give me denim, suede and silk for the warmer ones. Just give me coats!!!

Outweear 1

Of course the red coat would be Alexander McQueen. I can't help my great taste, I suppose.

Outerwear 2

Outerwear 2 by rtboo featuring monki

Blue is a universally flattering color. Get yourself a coat in some fabulous shade of blue and do it now.

Trench Coats

You don't think that you need multiple trench coats? Silly. You need at least three. The first is a casual, every day trench in a neutral color such as taupe or grey. The second is a dressier, black trench for those times when you need to look a little more polished. The third is whatever you want it to be- a bright color, a funky collar and/or belt, a crazy print- it's the trench you wear to stand out in the crowd. Everyone needs a coat that makes them stand out in the crowd.

Are you beginning to understand the depths of my obsession with outerwear? (And we didn't even discuss accessories...) Do you have a similar obsession yourself? Please share!


Adele said...

So nice to have you back!

Here's a shoe-related challenge for you: I have short legs (even "petite" or "ankle" pants are sometimes too long), and I'm a little bow-legged, and as a result I have the hardest time finding boots that look good on me with pants tucked in. They can't be too high, and they can't be too straight -- either look funny. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Renée T. Bouchard said...

Adele- Without seeing exactly what you mean, the best thing I can suggest is this: First, stick with a monochromatic look from the waist down. Second, try to pinpoint exactly what isn't working and why. You said they can't be too high or too straight, so try a cowboy boot. They come in all different heights- everything from ankle to knee, and a lot of different mid-calf versions. They usually have a small heel that gives you enough lift that your legs look good, but it's still short enough that you can be on your feet in them all day and you won't die from the pain. Cowboy boots also tend to have a little dip in the front at the top, which is generally flattering on pretty much anyone. It's a lot less harsh than the straight-across of most other boots. Send me a picture if you can and maybe I can understand a little better, too.

Adele said...

Ooh, I'll have to try on some cowboy boots. Slouchy boots actually look best, but they are out of fashion right now. I have a pair that look great from 4 years ago. The problem is that they are sort of a caramel-y brown that's also out of fashion and doesn't fit with your monochromatic suggestion (love that!). My Uggs also look good because I got the kids version (not as high on my leg as the women's) and they are flexible enough to bend with my curved calf. Straight boots stick out to the side funny. Thanks!

Renée T. Bouchard said...

Here's the thing about what's "in fashion." I don't really care. Ultimately, you need to wear what feels good. I have no doubt that you could wear the boots you love and look perfectly stylish and "in fashion" regardless of whether or not they are the current trend.

Katherine Steven said...

Great ideas thanks for sharing it! stay up-to date with winter fashion by wearing cool wear winter outerwear in different styles!

emma robert said...

Thanks for sharing these colorful outfit ideas! this winter you can find an awesome collection of warm winter jackets in variety of colors!

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