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How to Style Your Outerwear
Luxe up your layering game and elevate your cool factor with these cold-weather strategies for celebrating the season in style.
Sneakers aside, one of the hardest-working wardrobe pieces you’ll ever own is your winter coat. This all-out style staple makes for a worthy investment when you weigh the cost-per-wear factor. And with a fresh season of functional-yet-fashion-forward outerwear trends to explore, layering up for winter has never been more stylish, creative and fun.
While perennial outerwear trends like down coats and quilted jackets are still going strong, there’s a new wave of high-tech fabrics that retain heat without all the extra padding. Other seasonal twists: Color comes in hot with notice-me hues and prints to lift your mood, while cropped silhouettes, utility detailing and layering also feature big time. If you’re looking for form, function and fashion rolled into one, top your look with one of these coats and jackets for a season of cozy cool.
The New Trophy Jacket
Trophy jackets of old were all about sequins, sparkle and a hefty dose of ostentation, but today’s version doesn’t need all that noise to turn up the volume. As deftly demonstrated by Queen of Cool, Cardi B, this woven jacket (available in plus size, too) features retro vibes and fearless hues that make for a big moment no matter how you style it.
If it’s full-blown color impact you’re after, you really can’t go wrong with the Prince Reebok jacket. Sporty yet relaxed, fresh yet oh-so-classic, this is the perfect layering piece to really pop a hot hue, whatever the occasion.
A true style staple and timeless addition to all outerwear wardrobes, the classic track jacket combines varsity vibes with modern athleisure lines for an iconic effect. One to try: This quintessentially retro Classics Vector track jacket in a monochrome palette is the perfect year-round topper you’ll come to rely on for running errands, hitting the gym or hanging with friends.
If that’s too statement for your taste, try a more muted, oversized track jacket in pure white by Les Mills. With its adjustable fit, you can tailor your silhouette to suit your mood. Bonus: The water-repellant crinkle fabric adds a touch of texture to all your looks.
Move over bulky puffer, there’s a new technical fabric for the season that keeps you snug and streamlined. Strategically appointed Thermowarm + Graphene panels in this zip-up jacket help it retain up to 15 percent more heat, so you stay cozy while on the go. With plenty of pockets plus an adjustable hood, it’s the perfect fusion of high-tech and style. Looking to make a bit more impact? Try this game-changing fabric in a bomber silhouette, borrowed from the guys for an oversized effect.
The Longer End of Things
While sportier jackets tend to hit above or at the waist, this outerwear coat takes your silhouette a little longer. An all-weather style staple, the simple, boxy shape riffs off classic coats for an anorak-meets-athleisure vibe. Loaded with hidden functions such as mesh vents and a drop tail hem, it’s directional and pragmatic at the same time. Wear it over some popping pieces to add fun flashes of color.
Utilitarian details never go out of style—it’s all about how practical you want to go. On the more functional end of the spectrum, try this camping jacket. Its ready-for-anything vibe and relaxed fit pair with an adjustable silhouette and cool khaki color for a total look. It’s everything you need for a trip to the great outdoors or just running around town. On the fashion end of the spectrum, this VB Blouson offers a street-style take on the trend. With two statement cargo pockets up front and a relaxed pullover fit, this jacket will weather the chilly season in style.
A perennial print that’s arguably up there with leopard as the new neutral, camo is an easy-to-style outerwear option that adds edge to any look. And when employed by Victoria Beckham (check out this military jacket), it features a more directional, feminine take. You’ll dig the ruching details at the waist, plus a stand-up collar that adds definition to the silhouette. Whether in muted sandy hues or rich forest greens, this piece can go as subtle or statement as you like.
It’s not exactly a new trend, but it’s still gathering steam this season: Try styling an oversized sweater or hoodie as your outerwear. Only an option if temperatures stay above freezing (unless you layer up like a pro underneath), this look says cozy and cool like nothing else can. Go for a few sizes up in this Sherpa hoodie or keep things classic in an identity hoodie with added fleece. Just add gloves, a hat and a padded vest and you’re ready for whatever winter has in store.