When it comes to winter style, what’s on the outside does count. So rather than covering up your outfit, opt for a statement coat that completes it. Experiment with texture, color, or shape (perhaps even all three) for a scene-stealing look. Then choose a color palette and subtle accessories to make an out-there topper wearable every day.

Most Coveted

  1. Lela Rose Sapphire Feather-Embellished Coat. A classically tailored wool coat is made special with cobalt-blue feather embellishments and cropped sleeves.
  2. Anya Hindmarch “Deconstructed Bathurst” Leather Satchel. Interchangeable handles and a bold hue make this oversized satchel a worthy investment.
  3. GURHAN 24k Plated Kyanite Studs. Delicate gold gemstone studs are subtle enough to wear daily and offer a nice alternative to diamond studs.
  4. Alexander McQueen Women’s 4197/S Sunglasses. Butterfly-shaped frames with etched details are a must-have mix of retro and modern.


By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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December 15, 2014

Whimsical dressing is one way to escape the dreariness of the impending winter weather. Enchanted forests came to life on the Fall 2014 runways with leafy sets, embroidered animal motifs, and hooded capes, making a mysterious, dreamlike vibe one of the season’s most compelling trends. Here are five key items to complete your fairytale look.

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  1. Casadei Suede Butterfly Shoe. Rich black suede and butterfly appliques add a playful twist on the standard strappy sandal.
  2. Bottega Veneta Snakeskin Bag. A classic shape is made current with genuine green snakeskin and black hardware.
  3. Caruana Bordeaux Wool Hooded Coat. Pull on this luxurious coat – a wearable take on Little Red Riding Hood’s signature look – for extra warmth on dark winter days.
  4. Shoshanna Multicolor Printed Dress. Swap your usual LBD for dark graphic prints that evoke a sense of drama.
  5. gorjana “Buckley” 18K Plated Antler Drop Earrings. Delicate antler earrings are a subtle nod to the outdoorsy trend.

 

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November 10, 2014

Getting around in extreme weather can certainly be a battle, especially when you’re trying to look chic while pounding the pavement. Take a cue from the fall runways and look for of-the-moment utilitarian details (think exposed zippers and oversized pockets) to elevate the pieces you’ll wear all season.

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  1. Movado “Sportivo” Watch. A sporty watch flawlessly complements your urban uniform.
  2. Rebecca Taylor Tweed Long Coat. This classic black-and-white tweed coat boasts deep front pockets that are big enough to warm cold hands and hold an extra pair of gloves.
  3. Design History Ribbed Fisherman Sweater. I want to live in warm, chunky knits all season. Comfy and cozy? Yes, please.
  4. Tom Ford “Alix” Leather Tote. Padlock your valuables to protect them from the perfect storm in the front pocket of this richly hued bag.
  5. Jimmy Choo “Youth” Waxed Suede Boot. Walk the walk in boots that already look like they’ve trudged through the snow. Tough hardware gives this pair an edge.

 

By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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October 27, 2014

Investing in quality staples can mean long-term savings – but, contrary to popular belief, simple must-haves don’t have to be basic. Here, I’ve picked style-savvy updates on the most overworked items in your fall wardrobe. From edgy eyewear to a black bag with striking hardware, these trends are worth buying in to.

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  1. Mackage “Paulina” Merlot Wool Blend & Leather Coat. A traditional wool style is made current with an of-the-moment hue and leather trim.
  2. Catherine Malandrino “Karen” Leather Pant. Replace your go-to skinnies with this versatile pant for an instant dose of luxury.
  3. Chloé “Drew” Small Shoulder Bag. Minimalist hardware has maximum effect on this classically tailored shoulder bag.
  4. Super Unisex “Andrea” Sunglasses. For an approachable look, choose tortoiseshell when trying an edgy frame shape.
  5. Valentino “Rockstud” Patent Leather Ballet Flat. Swap out your basic black flat for this pointed-toe patent pair in a color combo that goes with everything. It’s a commuter’s best friend.

 

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October 20, 2014

Calvin Klein is now an international household name, but how did his company grow to be the fashion house it is today? With passion, skill, and one accidental coat purchase.

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 What you didn’t know about the man behind the brand:

1. Klein acquired his love of sewing from his seamstress grandmother.

2. He attended the High School of Art and Design in New York City and later went on to graduate from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in 1962.

3. He spent five years as an apprentice in a coat and suit house on Seventh Avenue before starting his own company with his childhood friend and financial backer, Barry Schwartz.

4. The first order for his outerwear line was obtained purely by accident when a coat buyer got off on the wrong floor of a hotel and stumbled upon Klein’s workroom. She ended up placing a $50,000 order, and the rest, as they say, is history.

5. TIME magazine named him one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1996.

Our Calvin Klein Boutiques open Thursday, March 7, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 4, 2013

 

Layer It Up

 

Winter brings gloomier weather, and as you look around, people tend to wear more somber colors like grey and black. This winter, don’t fall in to that habit. Instead, include a subtle yet eye-catching pattern to add some interest to your outfit.

As shown above, you can wear a solid-colored shirt and use a combination of classic fall patterns, like herringbone and plaid, which can be incorporated by use of outerwear accessories and, of course, sport coats. By adding small doses of these rich patterns, you’ll keep dismal weather from getting your style down. For more pattern (and layering) help, check out the step-by-step guide below.

Step 1. Start with a simple (and comfy) crewneck tee.
Step 2. Add a classic button-front (I recommend chambray).
Step 3. Throw on a soft v-neck sweater.
Step 4. Incorporate some texture. A herringbone sport coat will work wonders for this step.
Step 5. Look to patterned outerwear accessories. A plaid scarf in dark hues is the perfect neutral eye candy.

December 11, 2012

The season is here. Winter-coat season, that is. If you’re on the market for a new parka or wool coat, then you’re in luck. Our Grab Your Coat: The Massive Outerwear Sale has every style and color imaginable for the whole fam. So stock up, and read on for a few at-home care tips (so you don’t have to hunt for a new one every season).

At-Home Outerwear Care:
1. You can clean your down parka without deflating it. Just toss it in the washing machine on the cold cycle, then put it in the dryer with a few tennis balls. They’ll keep the feathers distributed evenly and make sure it regains its shape.
2. If your wool coat needs a full cleaning, the dry cleaner will have to take care of it. But for spot cleaning, use a damp cloth and mild soap to work out the stain. Also, invest in a lint roller to keep hair and lint at bay.
3. Use cedar hangers when hanging wool coats to keep moths away (without the smell of mothballs).
4. Keep coats in garment bags to prevent lint, hair, dust, and other particles from collecting on them. And stuff the sleeves with acid-free paper so they don’t crease up during the warmer months.

Our Grab Your Coat: The Massive Outerwear Sale Boutique opens Tuesday, December 11, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 11, 2012

With New England’s will-they-ever-end winters, I refuse to stay bundled in my heaviest furs, woolies, and puffer coats for possibly four months of frigidity. To both remedy the freezing temps and stick to my refusal to reach for my down parka until January, I rely on one simple trick: the vest layer.


From leather to fur, vests have been running rampant on the sartorial radars of editors and bloggers for seasons now. Finally choosing to toss one over my coat might have been the best decision I’ve made as of late (no judgment).  Why didn’t I try this sooner?

For those who live in warm climates (I’m increasingly jealous of you), a vest layered over a medium-weight jacket is ideal for mild winters too.

Convinced yet? Here are a few things to think about (or not) when adding a vest to your winter outerwear repertoire. Continue reading “Yes, You Can: Layer Your Outerwear” »

November 20, 2012