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Gipsy long leather coat with Steve Madden Mary Janes, GNW tight, and Great Northwest corduroy shirt (all own)

Transition Season Maxi Leather Coats Are Style Statement

You don’t buy anything maxi every day. Thus, a long leather coat is a statement frock, and hence a luxury item. Typically, anything leather is a transition season item in cold winter climates. Only in the South, they work as winter coats.

Living in Interior Alaska, one does not get much wear out of transition season clothes. In spring, the time between still needing a winter coat and no coat at all can be as short as 10 days. In fall, the time is a little bit longer. Thus, Alaskans typically do not have much transition clothes and work with layering instead as I demonstrated in the last three weeks or so.

Styling a Black Maxi Leather Coat

over 50 years old woman in maxi leather coat
Gipsy long leather coat with Steve Madden Mary Janes, GNW tight, and Great Northwest corduroy shirt (all own)

Here I am wearing my long leather coat styled with black ankle strap pumps, black tights. I wear shorts and a corduroy shirt with long-sleeve underwear for warmth underneath the coat. It feels like good Old Winter is just around the corner.

Maxi Leather Duster “Winterized” by Layering

Once the temperatures drop into the single digits, the hide becomes too cold. Even this one with quilted lining. However, you can still wear your favoite long duster with layering. In this example, I added a faux leopard print vest underneath. It not only increases the insulation, but also look very stylish.

faux fur vest with hood

Covered Perfectly vest worn under a coat with hood sticking outside
Covered Perfectlt vest with hood under own LeatherCoatsEtc leather coat with faux fur trim, LeatherCoatsEtc. gloves, wool beret, structured bag, and Steve Madden boots


Styled with beret, gloves and scarf

#fashionover50 woman in style outerwear
Off white long LeatherCoatsEtc leather coat with quilted lining and faux fur collar and accents, LeatherCoatsEtc wool beret, LeatherCoatsEtc red leather gloves, Celine tote and printed silk scarf that has a wool lining underneath to provide some extra insulation (all own)


Find out how to create an awesome coat wardrobe for your lifestyle and climate.

What do you wear on chilly days that are too warm for a winter coats, but too cold without a coat? How do extend the time you can wear a light transition coat into the cold season?

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Photos: G. Kramm

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