Take the Party Outside: Winter Coat Trends

For every entrance-making moment, these standout silhouettes are the ones to don. Don’t worry, your throw-over-everything favorite will be there when you get home.

Shearling
No longer strictly for bundled up mountaineers, shearling has made a serious comeback since the fall 2010 runways. It has frequented the collars of leather and denim jackets (I even spot a few as I glance around the office), and now, thanks to this little number, it trims cozy down. This jacket manages to marry two unwieldy materials into one unexpectedly feminine silhouette. It’s remarkably warm and short – ideal for cab-to-curb Saturday night party commutes (and for stuffing in a safe corner).

Colorblock
Inspired by contemporary artists of the 60s, this longstanding trend reappeared in 2009 with simple separates. The juxtapositions of different shapes and hues evolved on various statement garments, always hidden under solid overcoats – until now. This vertical, slightly hourglass grey colorblock creates a slimming effect against the black wool. Ready for every Friendsgiving, chilly tree lighting, or festive parade – throw on some silvertone baubles and what was once an in-transit only essential is now your go-to (outdoor) holiday party piece.

Maxi
Ah, the classic London trench. Akin to many a mainstream trend, this style was a military essential, worn by officers during the advent of trench warfare in 1914. Structured, warm, and ideal for nearly every occasion – be it a chilly train ride to work or over a gown to the ballet – this coat belongs in every closet (if it isn’t already). Both timeless and modern, it demands authority and respect from every onlooker.

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 17, 2012