5 Tips to Style Your Outerwear to Avoid Winter Boredom
Max Mara duster, Ralph Lauren denim skirt, GNW cashmer Merino wool sweater, silk scarf, L.K. Bennett tall suede leather boots, Prada satchel, Kiesel stein Cord belt and buckle, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves (all own) and hat c/o Tenth Street Hats
Coats are a Must in cold winter climate regions. Over the tenure of winter, wearing them  can become boring. You can fast feel like being stuck in a style rut. This post features styling of chic, cozy winter coats and leads you to resources what to look for when you want to buy one.

Contents

  1. How Not Get Bored with You Winter Outerwear
  2. Why to Style Your Coats?
  3. Denim Duster
  4. Faux Fur Frock
  5. Lodden coat
  6. Pea-coat
  7. Cape
  8. Shearling outfit ideas
  9. Layering over a Coat
  10. Blazer Tweed Jacket
  11. Upcycle Old Investment Pieces
  12. Winter Outerwear Styling Tips in a Nutshell
  13. Stylish Monday January – Cozy, Chic Coats

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How Not Get Bored with You Winter Outerwear

Many women do not like winters in the city. It’s cold. Wearing the same coat over and over again is boring.  In regions where winter lasts more than four months, women often have more than one coat.  Where winter hangs around longer than four months creating an awesome coat wardrobe is essential. You have to cover the wide range of temperatures. In Interior Alaska, winter stays around seven months!

Neverthless, you feel winter boredom stylewise!

Why to Style Your Coats?

It is amazing how many different ways you can style a winter coat when you spend the effort. In the following, you see various coat outfit ideas for different types of coats. It’s important to have the right coats for your climate zone. Recall, its original purpose is to provide adequate insulation.

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For a fashionista, however, this everyday coverup has to look effortlessly stylish too.

Looking effortlessly stylish takes effort!

You can only have so many coats as your budget and closet-size permit. Thus, a wide range of winter temperatures requires layers for feeling comfortable. At the same time, layering changes the look. Hence, your outfit can differ depending on the ambient temperature.

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5 tips to style your outerwear to avoid winter boredom

Denim Duster

This duster is my favorite. It’s so easy to style. Well, denim works with everything. Here I went for a posh casual Euro Chic inspired vibe. In other words, all neutrals.

fashion book author in denim duster and skirt
Max Mara duster, Ralph Lauren denim skirt, GNW cashmer Merino wool sweater, silk scarf, L.K. Bennett tall suede leather boots, Prada satchel, Kiesel stein Cord belt and buckle, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves (all own) and hat c/o Tenth Street Hats

Faux Fur Frock

A faux fur frock in any cut is already a statement. They look best with a silk or cashmere scarf, tall boots and an upscale hat.

A-line faux fur frock with riding boots and bucket hat
Faux fur A-line coat, Sanchez tall riding boots, GNW tight, bucket hat, Modalo Pippa bag, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, RAK Chevron cashmere scarf  (all own)

 

The next suggestion uses tan gloves as an accent. This color is repeated in the oblong paisley print cashmere scarf. Any color of the scarf could act as an accent. The violet, for instance, would make them a bold color statement. This lotd is also an example for how to style black with brown in a chic way.

Mature fashion blogger in faux fur frock, boots, gloves and scarf
A-line faux fur frock, GNW tights, Salamander boots, paisley print scarf, gloves and Esprit vintage bag (all own)

 

Alaskan blogger in spring outerwear outfit with hints of huntergreen
Faux fur A-line frock, silk cashmere scarf with floral print with hints of huntergreen, Celine bag, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, GNW tight, Double H lace-up booties, black beret, and Paloma Picasso frame re-worked to sunglasses (all own) for an Alaskan spring outfit prior to greenup

 

The above OOTD creates sort of a red-black-gray vibe. The scarf has hints of gray and black in the floral print.

Loden Coat

This example is the easiest. Start with an interesting coat like this lodden coat with a twist (motorcycle jacket cut, but half calf-length). Add a pop of surprising color with a bag (here orange) and wear your coat open with a dress underneath that picks up the colors of the bag and your heels. Of course, in Alaska, this look only works in fall, but it’s a perfect LOTD in warm climates on a mild winter day – think, for instance, dressing for humid sub-tropical climate.

fashion blogger in open coat with dress and heels

woman in cold season outdoor look with orange bag and red heels
Bellorita designer bag, Burberry lodden motorcycle coat, eShakti fit-and-flare T-shirt dress, dagwood statement necklace, nude pantyhose , Calvin Klein block heels (all own)

 

You can find the historic origin of a janker and what to look for to get a high quality one in the post at the link.

Pea-coat

bag and pea coat details

Alaskan woman in in styled winter outerwear
LeatherCoatsEtc red pea coat with black beret hat, structured bag, GNW tights, Harley Davidson booties and GNW scarf for a classic winter outerwear outfit in sultry colors

 

While there are many trendy variations always look for a pea coat close to the original design. These usually have high quality. This means they won’t look dated in the next cold season. A perfect sultry color combination for Valentine’s Day.

Red plus black reads sexy even when no skin (except the face) is showing.

When you like the tips, you may also want to get my style recipe book How to Dress for Success in Midlife for stylish tips in all kind of dressing situations.

Cape

Stylist in monochromatic red cape, tights, bag, shoes lotd

Alaskan woman in red cape, tights and boots with black gloves, beret
Outfit details: Armani cape, Celine tote, GNW tight, Manolo Blahnik booties, Moda International cardigan dyed red, LeatherCoatEtc leather beret and gloves (all own)

 

The inspiration with a cape in the photos above works in Alaska in fall and in the south in winter. It plays along the lines of an ageless monochromatic look with a pop of color, but reversed. Black is the neutral, while red is the color. Ok, when you consider red as a neutral like many Europeans do, it’s an all neutral creation.

Shearling Outfit Ideas

style book author in motorcycle parka
Cole Haan motorcycle shearling, GNW tights, Nine West plateau loafers, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, 3.1 Philip Lim bag, artisan made hat with fabric flower

 

In the photos above, the motorcycle cut makes already a statement. In the first photo, the burgundy is picked up by the accent color of the loafers and the hats fabric flower that has also hints of pink. In the photo above, a monochromatic theme is chosen. See this guide to learn how to style ageless monochromatic looks.

lifestyle blogger in a fashion forward winter look with pops of color
Short shearling coat styled with a Pavlovo wool floral print Russian blanket scarf, beret, purple gloves, and fuchsia 3.1 Philip Lim bag (all own)
midlife style blogger in tailored long motorcycle frock on winter walk
Cole Haan asymmetric shearling winter coat, Söfft shearling booties, classic wool beret, Yes Saint Laurent bag, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves (all own), and tight c/o No nonsense

 

The photo above shows how to add color to a cozy shearling with a Russian floral print wool scarf and matching gloves. The fuchsia bag adds another color. Since the coat, tights and shoes are all black, the bright bag adds a interest.

fashion blogger in winter outerwear
Short shearling styled with purple gloves, matching Pavlovo Russian scarf, GNW tight, Harley Davidson booties, Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel, and head band (all own)

 

When styling a winter coat keep in mind that the part of your “indoor outfit” may show. This part becomes automatically part of your look. Take the vibe and colors of the showing indoor as your lead for accessorizing. In the photo above, the scarf wrap, stone and leather color of the belt pick up the blue of the polka dot tight.

stylist in belted coat, matching tight, scarf, head band, riding boots
Short shearling coat, unbranded fringe paisley print scarf, unbranded tan crocodile imprint belt, tan LetherCoatsEtc gloves, tan Kate Moss for Longchamp bag, tan head band, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, Oliveo denim skirt, GNW tights and Sanchez riding boots (all own)

 

The above inspiration uses a theme of black, blue and tan. In case of straight up-and-down or bulky coats accesorizing with a belt adds shape. The paisley print ties the colors of the tan bag, belt, and head band, the black coat and boots, and the blue skirt and tights together. It also adds a playful interest with the red in the paisley print. The next look uses the same idea, but around a gray, black and red color theme.

midlife blogger in sheepskin coverup with belt and floral print scarf
Shearling coat styled with red Kieselstein Cord belt, ethnic belt buckle, unbranded floral print  scarf, Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, unbranded structure work tote, Vince Camuto boots, GNW tights and LeatherCoatsEtc gloves (all own)

 

There are many reasons and ways to accessorize with scarves for style. The next example shows how to style a coat with boy-friend jeans. The casual vibe of the jeans is picked up by the cable-knit scarf. Again a belt is used to add shape to the look. The hat adds height, which is always a nice styling trick to look slim in a thick shearling.

cable knit scarf as coat-collar
Short shearling coat styled with Salvatore Ferragamo convertible belt (own), DIY cable-knit scarf (gift from a girl friend), London boyfriend jeans, Modalo Pippa bag, gray hat, and Harley Davidson motorcycle booties (all own)

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fashion blogger in burgundy, gray pink outerwear of beret, shearling, scarf, tights, boots and bag
Shearling coat with DIY long scarf, burgundy beret and gloves, GNW gray tights and Vince Camoto suede boots, and 3.1 Philip Lim bag (all own)

 

The styling above evolves around gray tights and gray suede boots with a fringed gray-burgundy-black long knit scarf and a burgundy beret. Nice Euro Chic! The fuchsia bag adds a pop of color to stand out in a crowd of typical black winter attire. Wearing an ageless style or trendy hat keeps your head warm. It adds height for a lean illusion.

You never can go wrong with that strategy.

#fashionover50 styling inspiration for a winter coat

styling inspiration outerwear
Shearling coat (similar coat here) with printed cashmere fringe scarf, matching LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, LeatherCoatsEtc beret, GNW tight, shearling booties, Halogen tweet skirt, and Philip Lim 3.1 fuchsia tote (all own)

 

For the inspiration in the photo below, I played with the color wheel, sort off plus belting my chocolate shearling coat for shape. The tan belt with its many brown shades of its tiger-eye buckle ties the outfit of various brown shades together. Orange mixed with black gives brown. Thus, adding blue jeans to any shades of brown always works well as an all neutral outfit without being boring.

brown coat with hat
Chocolate brown shearling coat over London boyfriend jeans, heeled ducks, accessorized with pill box hat, tiger-eye belt, and Kate Moss for Longchamp bag (all own)

Layering Over Coats

influencer in street style blanket scarf attire
Gray, pink and white plaid blanket scarf belted over short black shearling coat with Modalo Pippa shark gray bag, black tights and booties and burgundy beret (all own)

 

Learn how to wear a blanket scarf. The photo above shows a very northern styling of the shearling coat with a poncho worn on top. The belt keeps the plaid poncho worn-over-coat from looking like being wrapped in a blanket. The black coat, tights and booties ensure a clean sleek line. The bag’s color matches the poncho. The burgundy beret works as it is a darker shade of the pink in the plaid pattern.

Blazer

scarf colors as outfit inspiration

mature fashion blogger in work outfit with red suede skirt
G-III red suede skirt with Ann Taylor purple-white-black tweed tailored jacket, Brooks Brothers pink mock turtleneck cashmere sweater, Tissot watch, GNW black tights and Harley Davidson booties accessorized with an Anne Klein  scarf (all own) that picks up all the colors of the outfit, and a gemstone necklace c/o Almo Jewellery

 

This example shows winter outerwear for states and countries in the south where temperature remain in the 50s or 60s (10 to 15oC). I used the colors of the scarf as inspiration. The floral print has purple, pink, red blue and white on a black background. Thus, I pulled items in these colors from my closet, the pink cashmere mock turtleneck sweater, the red suede skirt, and the back-purple-white tweed jacket. I tied the scarf as a belt to tie the colors together.

Like these outfit ideas? If so, please feel free to pin them to your own Pinterest board.

Upcycle Old Investment Pieces

Also when you have an expensive garment that you have been already wearing for a couple of years, you may consider altering it a bit. For example, I bought my short black  with gray trim shearling shown in some of the style examples in Germany in 1999. I wore it over and over again every winter, ever since. I had it altered a bit (shortened) about 10 years ago (to get rid of signs of wear). It originally was a maxi coat. When you are a regular reader you may have seen the long version in my post on no fear of progress in style.

Winter Outerwear Styling Tips in a Nutshell

  1. Let the indoor outfit that shows under the coat be your guidance with respect to vibe and colors
  2. Create a vertical line by the same color, a tall hat or long scarf
  3. Add interest with a pop of color.
  4. Belt for shape.
  5. Go for unexpected pairings.

Of course, you can also apply any combination of the tips. Would combine the tips, be technically a sixth tip? 😉 Who knows? It doesn’t matter! Have fun dressing for outside. 😉 Stay warm.

A skirt should show about two inch (5 cm) out of the coat for the best look.

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