During the cold winter months your coat is the most visible part of your fashion wardrobe, and is the best (and easiest) way to showcase your personal style! I keep telling myself it is an investment piece! I don’t want something too incredibly trendy, and I want whatever coat I have to be functional of course, but I also want a coat to perfectly illustrate my fashionable ways. As a child my parents would constantly lament, “Melanie, a coat is just a coat, it doesn’t matter what you LOOK like! It only matters that you are WARM.” As I continued to protest & complain about the frumpy snow gear they insisted that I wear, they would talk further about the risks of frost bite and hypothermia. I know they would still give me the same speech today given my views on the necessity of fashionable cold weather attire. While they are correct in the technical sense, I won’t be heading into the Tundra anytime soon, so I see no reason why I cannot be both warm & fashionable!
Luckily for me this season I have had a wide array of outerwear that is both warm & fashionable! I can’t get enough of the beautiful coats, capes, and jackets! Outerwear has become my obsession and are constantly on my radar.

My radar went off over the weekend when a photo surfaced of Jessica Alba and her beau Cash Warren out & about in New York City because I was instantly smitten with the coat she was wearing!!! It is GORGEOUS!

Does anyone know who designed this beauty?

I couldn’t quite place it, but I would love to have a high collared, double breasted, military-esque black coat! There are so many options! How can I choose!?

WESC Disa Hooded Coat in Black $297 @ Revolve Clothing; See by Chloe button detail coat on sale for $663 (normally $1105) @ Saks; Mandarin Collar Trench Coat Development on sale for $637 (normally $796) @ Active Endeavors;Soia & Kyo Billy Double Breasted Coat in Black$349 @ Revolve Clothing;

Mackage Italian Wool Coat $682 @ Saks; Laundry by Shelli Segal Asymmetrical Melton Coat$278 @ Nordstrom; Hydraulic Wool Blend Officer’s Coat $138 @ Nordstrom;

Another celebrity coat/jacket that caught my eye a while ago was also incidentally worn by a Jessica. Alot of people peg me for a Jessica Simpson fan, I suppose because she is blonde, but I am not a fan. But I do sometimes fawn over her SOME of her style choices (her wedding to Nick Lachey is basically my dream wedding). This printed coat is one of them! I love the coat she is wearing, but as I was browsing through for coats I decided I liked these three printed coats BETTER than the one she was wearing:

Milly Belted Car Coat $665 @ Bergdorf Goodman; Milly Three Button Coat $580 @ Bergdorf Goodman; L.A.M.B. ‘Escape’ Velvet Coat $525 @ Nordstrom;

I have no doubt you all will stay warm AND fashionable this winter, but if you can help it please stay out of the Tundra!

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