It’s easy to get caught up in the latest trend shopping, but it’s most important to make sure that you’ve got all your classics and essentials covered. I absolutely love all the statement coats and new coat shapes this season, but there are always 4 essential types of coats that I wear year round, year after year. These will literally cover all your needs throughout the fall and winter and help expand your wardrobe.
a black blazer: A classic black blazer may seem rather boring, but it is incredibly versatile. You can wear it to everything from a girls night out (with a dress or skinny jeans and top) to an important work meeting or presentation. It’s also a life saver for when you’re feeling in particularly lazy. You can be wearing a pair of old jeans, sneakers, and a t-shirt and add a blazer for a polished look. It’s important to buy a well fitted and high quality blazer to get that polished look, but well worth the investment. A nice blazer will last you years.
a denim jacket: This is the piece that most sasstress’ are missing, but lucky for you it’s not going to break the bank. Just this 1 item alone will expand your wardrobe. If you’re wary about sporting this look, I challenge you to start going through some of your cocktail dresses. Add a denim jacket to those and suddenly – they are casual enough for day wear! You’ll be wearing dresses that you haven’t worn in months (or even years) more regularly. It’ll also make your life easier as you’ll be able to take the same dress from day to night. If you live in colder temperatures, you can still wear a denim jacket but just add a warmer coat while you’re outside or commuting.
a leather jacket: For many years I wanted a leather jacket but just thought I wasn’t cool enough. I may still not be cool enough, but I have a few leather jackets that I love and have lasted me years. Leather jackets are a necessity to balance an outfit – I love very feminine touches (lace, flowers, bows) and adding a leather jacket adds a bit of edge to the overall look.
A few tips on buying leather jackets: (1) You must find the right jacket – there are many different styles. Select the styles and shapes that you’re the most comfortable with and is the most flattering. (2) Splurge on a jacket that you like and will last you years. There are a few brands that make several styles of leather jackets, so use those stores as a starting point. My recommendation is AllSaints and Vince. If you’re against leather, I recommend Topshop for well fitted faux leather. (3) Once you find a style that works, shop around a bit. If you can spend around $500-$1000 on a jacket, go ahead and buy it. If not, wait until the jacket goes on sale (and it will – even at stores like AllSaints). You won’t have to worry about your jacket going out of style.
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Topshop faux leather biker jacket, $110
AllSaints biker jacket, $510.50
AllSaints jacket, $367.50
Topshop quilted faux leather puffer, $136
Helmut Lang hooded leather jacket, $995 at net-a-porter
a wool coat: This is a classic coat that everyone needs for colder weather, and is especially useful for formal events. You can wear it as an overcoat for everything, including on top of the other 3 jackets. As a classic piece, this is also worth an investment but I included some more affordable styles above. The higher the percentage of wool, the warmer (and higher quality) the coat will be, so check that while you’re out shopping for this essential.