Outerwear is In

Lovely woman wearing  fur hat

Take cover this winter in a trendy outerwear. From pea coats, puffers and parkas to fabulous fur scarves, there are endless ways to stay warm and look cool.

MEN

Temperatures have dropped, but that doesn’t mean you have to cover up your style.

For a classic masculine look, the wool pea coat flatters in all the right places, accentuating a man’s broad shoulders and thin waistline. Front pockets will keep your hands warm, and heavy sateen lining adds extra warmth. Pair a scarf with your pea coat, as this coat fits loosely around the neck, and you’ll be quite comfortable.

The bubble jacket, also referred to as the puffer, takes a new spin in 2011. Boxier versions hit the runways exuding a very masculine, strong appearance. Going for an exceptionally edgy look? Wear a puffer with metallic buttons. Kenneth Cole’s quilted puffer jacket at Macy’s is reversible, offering versatility in your wardrobe. This puffer is waxed cotton on one side and reverses to matte on the other. Kenneth Cole Reaction also offers a puffer vest with a front zip and toggle closure.

For a lighter look, check out Calvin Klein’s fully-lined waterproof bomber, also available at Macy’s. The bomber is a great way to stay dry (and warm) in the rain or snow. The lining is quilted for extra warmth, and one of the sleeves sports a pocket for your Smartphone.

Tall men benefit most from elongated jackets that go past the knees. Trenches offer a polished look. Pop the collar to add even more height to an already-streamlined appearance.

Impeccably executed is Marc Jacobs’ Peter Parka falling mid-length at the knee. The parka features a fur-lined hood and adjustable tie belt. For a manlier look, London Fog offers a Chester microfiber parka with a removable liner and faux fur collar. The parka features multiple interior and front pockets to store your necessary tech accessories.

Winter is really the only reason (and season) to wear velvet. Making an appearance at holiday parties this season will be Robert Graham’s velvet twill sport coat. The blue, two-button coat is best for special occasions, as it makes a strong statement – so strong that you can wear it with a loud shirt and it still works. Dark denim is a must (as always in the winter), but especially with this one-of-a-kind blue velvet investment.

Top off your look with a hat. Hats are not only conversation pieces; they express your personality. Accessories, like hats, scarves, bags and gloves, can take your look to a whole new level. Even the smallest men’s accessory—cufflinks—can pack a powerful punch. Got a thing for scarves? If you favor the black-on-black look, Ralph Lauren pairs a black scarf with a black jacket, and Louis Vuitton pairs a black bag with a sporty black nylon cover-up. But if you desire more color in your wardrobe, choose a scarf that matches your eyes. Navy blue, olive green and dark brown are perfect colors for all your wintry accessories, as they can be mix and matched with multiple outfits.

Fashion-forward thinking is a must this season.

WOMEN

Who says wintry outerwear can’t flatter your figure, ladies? Don some color and you’ll shine. Finally, the whites and beiges are behind us, and a bevy of color hit the runways: fiery reds, bright blues, burnt oranges and marigold yellows.

Marigold? Yes, the flower of the same name is inspiring the flower child within us all. Seventies fashion is back! American designers, like Tory Burch, expressed their love and enthusiasm for the decade in recent runway shows and many designers have incorporated the bold patterns of the ’70s in their collections. Yellow adds optimism to your wardrobe. Don’t you feel happier when you wear it? The best way to show off a yellow jacket is with a black leather skirt or dark jeans.

Yellow’s counterpart, orange, is everywhere this season. Burnt orange, in particular, is beautiful and bold. Jil Sander’s wool helicopter coat at Neiman Marcus is an ode to the ’70s as it flairs at the sleeves and includes two oversized flap pockets at the hip. The coat’s smoldering orange hue screams winter!

For a more flattering coat, try on Armani’s Collezioni tweed boucle metallic jacket. It works perfectly over a silky, burnt orange top and either jeans or gray dress paints. You can wear this coat in the office or out on the town. Also, for a slender silhouette, Valentino’s lean green leather jacket caught the attention of Lady Gaga. (Of course, she donned a green wig with it.) The absence of buttons at the front make this an ideal jacket for the minimalist, yet the leather exudes shine and green makes a bold statement.

For warmer, heftier outerwear, Calvin Klein offers a down jacket in both red and green, perfect for the holidays. The nylon-lined jacket includes a down/feather fill and looks oh-so-cozy. On the other hand, if you want to show off your curves, GUESS offers a fitted coat with a detachable hood. The wool-blend coat has an inverted back pleat to accentuate your hour-glass figure, and the coat offers a rib-knit inner collar for extra warmth (and style). It includes two patent leather toggles finishing the zip-front closure. Both of these jackets are available at Nordstrom.

Michael Kors has a beautiful collection of fur jackets and vests this season. Kors’ dyed rabbit fur jacket is a blend of high-luxe cashmere and fur and is slenderizing with a ribbed turtleneck, sleeves, hem and back. Kors even has lovely fur shoulder bags to accessorize your outerwear.

Speaking of accessories, hats, scarves and gloves are cold-weather must-haves. Cover your head in a wide-brimmed hat and for added contrast, pair it with a pencil skirt. Fedoras will always be in (no matter the fabric or color) and are great for casual looks. Going to the theater or to a special holiday party? Vintage hats make a statement, even the small pillbox hats, which made an appearance at a recent Marc Jacobs fashion show. From hats to scarves and gloves, accessorize your wardrobe in all sorts of colors and fabrics. Burberry’s striped fur scarf can be worn with black or brown. It has alternating rows of rabbit and fox fur in those colors and has ribbed knit lining. Also stylish this season is Kors’ fox fur pull-through scarf that is dyed plum purple.

Damsonberry, a vivid purple, is always suitable for winter. The Burberry London puffer jacket, available at Neiman Marcus, brightens up a cold day. Its silky, quilted velvet feels soft to the touch. The double-breasted, snap-front coat comes with a belt that can be tied, buckled or removed. If you’ve got long, lean legs, don a damsonberry coat with black stretch paints and heels.

Finally, it’s time to don your boots, ladies! Boots (of all sizes and styles) have gone through a rebirth, thanks to the re-emergence of leggings and tights. Skinny jeans are still in, too, and are a boot’s best friend. Keep warm and stylish in faux-fur trim boots or over-the-knee boots. If you want a more casual look, fold-down boots do the trick. Uggs are still in but let’s be honest—men prefer a woman in heeled boots in leather or suede. Heeled boots are feminine and you can wear them with jeans or a dress.

Stay warm (and gorgeous) from head to toe.

By Britney Mott

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