In a country where winter begins at the end of the year, women understand the power of a coat. If you usually wear a coat just to keep you warm and beat the freezing temperatures, think again. Whether you’re aiming for cocooning length, cosseting softness, or frostbite-averting warmth, keep on reading on reading on how coats can add drama and grandeur to your winter wardrobe so you’ll get a more fashionable style out of your coats.
A voluminous coat makes a good canvas for a bold statement.
“A certain category of fashionable Russian woman will always wear a grand fur, even if she never actually walks on the street and has her own driver,” says Russian designer Vika Gasinskaya. This season, coats have a lot of style ranging from oversized to streamlined ones that can add some flair to your winter outfits. “The allure of a cocooning coat is being wrapped up, feeling warm, comfortable, elegant and unique all at once,” says Delpozo’s designer, Josep Font. Also, long, sweeping coats have a timeless appeal, which endures because they keep you warm and fuzzy, and can endow a sense of finish and stature to an outfit.
A dress coat carries a whiff of formality.
“Lots of Russian women favor a ladylike dress coat that will make her very mysterious,” says Russian designer Vika Gasinskaya. To dress up your casual weekend looks, opt for a dress coat with a more modern silhouette, in a clean-cut and minimal style like fashion blogger Michele Krusi did. Compared to blazers, coats are versatile and more practical, especially in the colder months. A great thing, dress coats work well with an elegant cocktail outfit or even jeans and sneakers.
Tailored and structured coats amp up your image and lifestyle.
If you’re working in a professional workplace, coats can amp up your image and lifestyle. You may opt for a tailored shape that’s very dressy so you can wear it with your favorite boots with a bit of a heel. However, making a statement with a coat does have its limitations. When heading to the parties, you traditionally take a coat off at the door so, unless there’s a crowd to greet you, no one’s going to see it.
Winter coats can show off your creative skills.
Fashion director of Tank magazine, Caroline Issa, is also a compelling coat-wearer. “It’s the first thing people see as you walk in, so it has to make a statement,” she says. For that reason, you can show off your creative skills and artistic style with your coats. Like fashion blogger Veronica Popoiacu, you may opt for a checkered coat that can brighten up your all-black winter outfit. Also, think how long is too long, should they be belted, or even buttoned so you can make some alterations with a belt. “I love a nipped-in waist with volume in the sleeves and the skirt — that shows off a great silhouette,” she says. “A long coat that hits just above the ankle is great for heels and high boots.” By heeding these tricks, you’ll be able to look more statement-making this winter with your coats.