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Was it just us or were we wishing it would get a bit colder this fall? Any excuse to get our favorite outerwear out from the dark abyss of our wardrobes. A coat completes an outfit, and can take it from drab to fab. It can dress up or even dress down an outfit – either way, it’s cozy, warm and stylish!
You don’t need to blow your budget to get an on-trend outfit. A simple and timeless coat can elevate your looks and make them look more expensive. The key to a stylish and luxurious-looking wardrobe is key minimal pieces that can work with most of your outfits. Though that’s not to say we don’t love a print now and again!
That’s where we come in – we’re going to guide you on how to style some of the most stylish coats out there to ensure your wardrobe is looking on-point 24/7! You can thank us later!
Cozy And Cute
Teddy bear coats have been “in” for several winters now, and though at first we were skeptical, we have admittedly jumped on the bandwagon! This look is the perfect example of when cozy meets cute – the oversized teddy bear coat is the ideal winter warmer that can be styled over your favorite knits.
The neutral color palette makes it versatile and timeless year after year. The faux leather leggings and fake croco ankle boots dress it up and add texture. Warmth doesn’t have to compromise style this season!
A check coat can instantly elevate your outfit, and will go with absolutely everything! The darker the colors, the grungier it will look. We love this combo with a simple jumper dress and ankle combat-style boots for an edgier feel.
The slicked back hair and red lip vamp up the outfit, and we’re all here for it! The jumper dress in a lighter color allows the key piece, the printed coat, to do the talking. The perfect balance!
Natural In Neutrals
Incorporating neutral tones in your wardrobe will allow it to be worn throughout most of the year and will allow you to adopt a more timeless approach. Neutrals add elegance to your wardrobe, and will allow you to compliment your skin tone.
Shopping for your next wardrobe must-have will also become a lot less of a chore! We have our eye on an oversized wool coat in this rye-like tone to layer over our winter outfits. Its oversized fit but relaxed sleeves give a nonchalant feel to your look!
One of the most timeless coat shapes is the military coat. In a long wool trench with buttons and a striking collar, it will compliment all your outfits. It will add an androgynous vibe to your feminine floral or dress up your favorite sweater and jeans combo.
Here, this khaki coat is teamed with an all-black outfit, making it dressy and sophisticated. Simple outfits are always the most effective, and we can’t wait to rock this outfit ourselves!
If “low-key” isn’t in your vocabulary when it comes to your outerwear, then rock a statement coat over a minimalist outfit. It will allow your striking coat to be the focus of your outfit. This coat with fringe detailing may be reminiscent of fall picnic blankets, but hey, is that a bad thing?
The bold check print in autumnal tones is the stuff dreams are made of. For the rest of the outfit – keep it simple. A rich brown handbag and black jumper and jeans are the perfect finishing touches!
Via Margo & Me
If there was an outfit which combined Jeanne Damas’ cool Parisian chic with Blair Waldorf’s preppy and high maintenance vibe, this would be it. Forest green is the shade for winter – not only does it have a Christmassy feel, but it suits brunettes beautifully!
Throw a coat in the epic shade over a black jumper dress, tights and heeled boots for an elegant silhouette. To embrace the Parisian inspiration, throw on a beret to keep you cozy and cool!
Over shirt Overhaul
Via Love Cloth
This season, one of the biggest coat trends is the fleece overshirt. Inspired by Scandi styling, its oversized fit and elegant light tones make it the perfect layering piece. Style it with a pair of white straight fit jeans and camel toned accessories for a minimalist chic vibe.
This kind of outerwear is perfect for teaming with oversized knits thanks to its loose fit, and over figure-hugging outfits to keep you warm during the winter chills.
What was once deemed as a trashy print is now stylish, timeless and elegant. Leopard print has made quite the comeback, and we can’t get enough of it!
A leopard print coat layered over a black or neutral toned outfit combines sophistication with a rock’n’roll edge. You can’t go wrong by teaming it with a black roll neck, black skinny jeans and black ankle boots to elongate your frame!
Faux Fur Fab
Via Ok Chicas
If you are feminine but bold, then a pink faux fur coat is the way to go! We love layering extra pieces over girly outfits for maximum impact. The pink beret and light pink handbag bring the outfit together.
And of course, knee-high boots allow you to show just a flash of leg in an elegant manner. A neutral makeup palette is necessary for this look to allow your favourite coat to turn heads.
A shorter Aviator style coat is perfect for those of you with a smaller frame. It balances out your proportions and adds a vintage vibe to your outfit. We particularly have a fondness for those in lighter tones to add a splash of color to our looks.
With a shearling interior, the piece will keep you warm all through winter. Get yourself one in an off-white or light beige shade to make your skin pop!
Via Song of Style
There’s something so cool and effortless about an all white or all cream look in winter. A cream coat has to be one of your winter essentials. It elevates your outfits, and brightens up those dark, dingy winter mornings.
Teaming whites with creams may sound like a major wardrobe faux pas, but trust us, it isn’t! It is sophisticated, modern and refreshing. Prepare to turn heads this season!
Puffer jackets may have been shunned in the late Noughties but is back and better than ever. It’s ideal for adding a sportswear-inspired twist to your outfits. On top of that, it’s super warm and perfect for layering – what else do you need from your winter coat?
We love the oversized fit of this one with high waist wide leg trousers for a mix of elegance and urban vibes. The cream knit is cozy but stylish!
You know it has to be stylish if Hailey Bieber is wearing it! The thought of pink coats may make you shudder, you may fear those “Barbie” comments, but a softer toned pink is perfect for layering over all your cream and neutral knits.
This oversized men’s style coat in pink has androgynous vibes but of course, the color adds femininity. You can rock this shade all through winter well into spring – now that’s versatility!
Faux leather everything is big this season – leather shirts, leather skirts, leather trousers, and leather coats. Think The Matrix – a black leather trench adds texture and a luxurious feel to your outfits. Keep the rest simple to avoid looking trashy!
Mom jeans, chunky ankle boots and a black knit… a dreamy concoction we can’t get enough of! We also recommend layering this coat over a jumper dress for a cozy but feminine outfit.
Via Trendy U
A monochrome outfit can look sophisticated, even when it’s a casual one! We love the mix of different shades of grey – from the darker grey in the scarf to the lighter grey coat. The addition of light pink accessories adds a subtle splash of color to the outfits.
These Ted Baker sneakers are definitely on our wishlist! Grey cropped jeans allow you to show a bit of ankle and elongate your frame even through those chillier months.
Little Bit Of Red
If there is a bold shade that lasts through the ages, it’s bright red. It can go with so many colors in your wardrobe – creams, whites, blacks, navys and even anything pink!
We love how the rest of the outfit is subtle and black to allow the focus to remain on the coat and matching boots. The collar of the coat makes the look all the more dramatic!
Via Woah Style
A timeless print that can be mixed beautifully with your wardrobe is houndstooth. Originally a retro print, it’s become a statement print that suits a monochrome outfit. This oversized number is dramatic thanks to its volume and movement.
Layer it over an all black outfit, with a fitted knit and skinny jeans, to not swamp yourself in fabric. Strappy heels can still work for dressier occasions, or if you are on the go, you can never go wrong with a white sneaker!
Two In One
Via Dr Martens
A modern way to wear your outerwear is by wearing two coats or jackets – yes, you read that right! For a 90s’-inspired look, teaming a waterproof jacket with a dressier coat allows you to add a little edge to your look.
The apparent zips and hood creates a sporty twist. Finish the look with a trusty pair of Doc Martens to really embrace that iconic 90s look!
Your most relaxed and low-key outfits can still be dressed up with a change of a coat! Without this little camel number, the outfit is on-trend, but sporty, with figure-hugging faux leather leggings and a simple grey hoodie.
With the camel coat, the look has been transformed into something worthy of the Street Style section of your favorite fashion magazine! For a rebellious vibe, roll up your coat sleeves to show a hint of hoodie underneath.
Naughty But Nice
Via Sosken Studios
We love the rebellious side to this outfit – think preppy plaid with a sporty hoodie and figure-hugging khaki skirt. The PVC leather pointed sock boots add a bit of glamour.
This look will have you feeling badass and empowered! Cat eye sunglasses compliment the shoes perfectly, and the small and dainty cross body bag is the perfect example of how less is more.
This street style is a delight to the eyes! You can’t escape the fact that check print is timeless and oozes sophistication, but the oversized wool jacket with matching accessories really modernizes the look.
We love the saddle bag and its studded detailing, and the sock boots really elongate your frame. The simple color palette is really what makes this outfit – we can’t wait to replicate it in real life!
Via Harper’s Bazaar
Patent trench coats are the perfect way of adding texture to your outfits. Its shiny texture and retro feel is perfect for layering over a simple black dress. The key to acing the look is keeping the rest simple – black, grey or navy color palettes will compliment brighter shades.
If you want to stick to a neutral color scheme, then a beige patent trench coat layered over a crème knit will be your idea of heaven!
Faux Fur Fashion
Faux fur is so cozy and cuddly, but stylish. It adds edge to your outfits all whilst remaining stylish. We love this combination with a cropped faux fur jacket which will highlight your waist and hips, and a simple black outfit with black stomper-style boots. The chunky platform will make your winter walks fashionable and comfy!
How to Wear A Dress with A Parka
The best way to survive the bad weather is opting for the perfect clothing choices. In particular, layering over more pieces of clothing is always the best idea when it comes to creating your fall and winter wardrobes.
As all fashionistas know, there are many ways to style a dress and a parka. So, what happens when we combine these two pieces together?
Here you will find plenty of inspiration on how to wear your favourite dress with lots of cosy parkas, to stay warm and stylish in any weather.
First of All: What is a Parka?
Parkas are designed to keep you warm and dry in the wintertime. They are cool pieces that can be worn even if you don’t have an additional layer underneath. This is what makes them different from sweaters and are wintertime tops. Besides, a parka usually leaves less range of movements than other pieces, which are instead designed for constant activity.
In other words, parka are heavier than your average winter top, and they provide warmth and dryness. This is the perfect combination if you are looking for a piece to layer over your dresses.
What do you wear with a parka?
Any piece of clothing can be styled with a parka. This jacket is the perfect addition to your fall or winter wardrobe and will look lovely with a casual sweater as well as a more formal blouse. Dresses and skirts are also some pieces you can match with your parka.
How to Pick the Perfect Parka
Parkas are usually made either in down or synthetic fill. Down is very warm, and it is also an excellent insulator. Because of its high quality, down can be particularly expensive and requires professional cleaning.
On the other hand, synthetic fill is less warm but can perform better under the rain. Besides, it is a more convenient and easier to manage and style option.
Consider the Weather
Whether you need protection from the wind or moisture, there is the right parka for your out there. This means that you should consider several factors. For example, you might need a simply water-resistant parka or a completely waterproof and windproof piece.
In other words, when looking for a new parka, style should not be your only consideration. Don’t forget that you are going to buy a piece which will keep you warm for many years!
You should choose the material of your parka based on style and practicality.
- Leather parkas are durable and stylish but they don’t usually provide any protection against rain and wind. Besides, they are not very warm, so they might not be the best choice when winter hits.
- Wool coats are also durable and they are warm. Wool parkas are very stylish and come in a variety of rainproof and windproof insulations. However, they tend to be bulky, so they might not be the best choice if you need some room for movement.
- Cotton parkas are the perfect transition pieces when going from autumn to winter. They perform well under the rain, but they are not very warm.
- Faux fur coats give your outfit plenty of vintage styles, but they are not good if you want to spend some time under the rain. These pieces should be your last resort when you just need to spend a few minutes outdoors and you want to look fabulous.
Short Pants, Long Parka
If you are leaving for a weekend out in the woods, rain could be your worst enemy. This means that you should wear different layers of clothes, keeping in mind that you might not be necessarily too cold. This is how you create the perfect multi-layers outfit:
- Pick a pair of cotton pants or even shorts. If you prefer.
- Wear a comfy sweater which is not too bulky.
- Add your favourite waterproof and windproof parka.
Can you wear a parka with a suit?
Yes, you can wear a parka with a suit. This is the best way to make your suit less formal, without looking underdressed. Make sure you still have plenty of space to move freely, as suits can usually be too tight. Besides, your parka must fit perfectly and be in a matching colour.
Should your coat be longer than your dress?
To look correct and well proportioned, your coat should come about halfway down your tights. As a general rule, you can layer a long parka over a short dress for more formal occasions or in the evening. By doing the contrary, you will achieve a more informal and casual look.
Does a Parka go with a midi dress?
Parkas usually look fabulously with all types of dress, including midi pieces. To create the perfect outfit, we recommend a parka which extends just beyond your knees, reaching more or less the same length of your midi dress. Otherwise, you can way shorter parkas, but you should avoid longer pieces.
Play with Different Styles
Yes, you can mix and match your sporty parka with a more elegant dress. In fact, this is one of the best ways to give your outfit a more contemporary and interesting twist, which will surely grab all attention! Choose the right colours and make sure all your accessories are appropriate for the occasion. And don’t forget to have fun!
Who says that you cannot be fashionable while protecting yourself from the cold weather? Faux fur collared parkas are indeed one of the best statement pieces for this season. Our tips:
- Avoid collared dresses underneath.
- Keep all the other pieces and accessories minimal.
- If your parka is very long, wear a pair of ankle or combat boots.
Warm and Dry, but Always Fabulous
The bad weather cannot stop you from going out with your friend for a glamorous night? Then your parka is there for you!
- To layer your parka over a night or elegant dress, choose contrasting colours.
- Make sure your parka is cleaned.
- Match your parka’s colour with your bag or other accessories.
- Don’t forget your smile!
Yes, your parka can easily become your outfit’s statement piece, especially if you are going to spend some time outdoors so people will be admiring your outerwear for a while.
- Keep your clothing simple. For example, opt for total black or another nude colour palette.
- Add a parka in a contrasting colour, such as with or black.
- Ideally, your parka should have a few distinctive details, like a fur hoodie.
Don’t Be Afraid of Breaking the Rules
If you are creating a statement outfit, then choosing the right parka is essential. There are many patterns and colours out there. You can even find a piece which mixes different styles all together! This is the best way to style your extravagant parka:
- Keep the rest of your outfit plain and simple.
- Avoid matching the shoes and the bag.
- Don’t be afraid to be daring, but also opt for a parka which can enhance your silhouette.
Leave Your Leggings at Home
If your parka is warm enough, you might not need to protect your legs against the cold weather. This means you can leave your leggings at home! however, to make your outfit look wintery enough, you can still play with grey or other cold shades colour palettes. Don’t forget to add a bright coloured detail, such as your shoes.
Long Skirt, Short Parka
Not all pieces of outerwear need to be long to be cosy. For example, waterproof parka usually hits the wider part of your hips. They can be styled with a long skirt. a few words of advice:
- Avoid short parkas if you want to conceal large hips
- Opt for a colourful and patterned skirt, which will be your statement piece.
Your parka can blend perfectly with your outfit, especially if you are wearing a matching dress. Although it might be hard to find two pieces in similar colours, the result is surely worth it. Just don’t forget to add a contrasting item, such as your boots, scarf or beanie.
Bulky and Cosy
When the coldest weather hits, all you can do is to protect yourself with your bulkiest parka! However, these pieces usually leave very little room for movement, meaning that you should wear slim fitting pieces of clothing underneath.