A Coat for All Occasions

There’s no way to sugar coat it: It’s about to get cold outside. But leave that long winter’s nap to the bears and characters in ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. The dropping temps give rise to an extra layer—a coat—and new ways to earn style points. Stylist and Pulse fashion contributor Shandi Alexander shared tips to score big and style coats like a pro.

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East End Day Trip

Balenciaga

Balenciaga

The summer crowds may have flown South (or West) for winter, but locals still have reasons to flock to the East End this time of year. Picking pumpkins and chopping down holiday trees the old fashioned way are time-honored traditions in these parts. On a chilly day, Alexander suggested throwing on a puffer. “It’s definitely going to keep you warm and is easy to move in…and clean. These coats are made to live in.” Alexander likes the idea of keeping the rest of the silhouette slim. Try a pair of slim jeans, a Wellington or riding boot and a turtleneck in lieu of a scarf. “You don’t want to have a whole lot of extra.”

Work

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Look polished in a coat that seamlessly works together with the rest of your outfit. Alexander recommended a Prince of Wales or Herringbone coat. Like a trench, they tend to go mid-calf and complement slacks and skirts perfectly. And, unlike everyone’s favorite office frenemy, these coats won’t try to make other pieces look bad. “They fit like a robe so it won’t mess up or wrinkle anything you’re wearing underneath either.”  Up the interest on the coat a bit by tying it with a thick belt, Alexander said.

Glam Party

Prada

As holiday season draws near, party invitations begin to wrack up. An LBD and black wrap coat are always a winner, but consider going bold this season. “Go for the colored fur. You’re going to make a huge statement entering the party.” Make the right statement by carefully curating the rest of the outfit. If you’re wearing a yellow fur coat, steer clear of something short, tight and equally bright. Instead, “Wear a long dress or long, wide-legged, flow-y slacks. Grab a small clutch. It’s going to be very chic.”

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beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.