For all their dualities, from the practical set to the sophisticated sort, the winter coat is one considerate, sartorial godsend…especially as New York City is getting its first slam of cold weather.
Keeping in mind the functionality one needs from outerwear, we understand that winter weather combat gear’s performance is more important when determining what one wears than judging by looks alone.
And since one wears their coats consecutively more over winter months than any item of clothing, careful consideration on the look of your coat as essential as it is, has been made all the more enticing this season considering the fresh updates we’ve seen.
As important as a shield, as easily statement making as eyewear, and a finishing touch like the right jewels, the right coat for you breaks the ice and sets a tone for your look while requiring a mandate determined in sync with your lifestyle.
From Altuzarra’s must-have nylon parka perfect for days running around town(below) to Hermes’ swingy hooded trapeze shape for chic weekends(above), there are plenty of coats to covet in stores now. Here’s a look at some of The Best Coats for winter to bundle up in style with:
Altuzarra’s take on the military parka, a 90’s grunge stand-by he reconfigured to appear leaner by exaggerating the size of the lapel and hood, was one of the best options we saw that was ready for on-the-run day wear conceived with enough sophistication to work over a languid silk cocktail dress for evening.
The trick is to look for a well made parka since you may be thriving with its warmth from day in & out. Here quality fabrication and construction are vital for it to work on all ages at almost all times.
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An elegant, traditional print is made all the more haute with a shape that hearkens to the architectural legacy of Cristobal Balenciaga with Yves Saint Laurent’s dramatic cocooned offering for fall (above). While it evokes instant glamour for the up-kept, it could effortlessly work its way into your days to add attitude to even the most mundane of seasonal layering.
Look for pieces that have only one prominent attribute as above, all incongruous details are reduced to keep the eye lingering on the shape.
Long, Lean and Maxi
True, 80’s era long robe coats should never come back, but imagine the sensational fluidity of Theyskens’ Theory’s maxi coat (above) that’s been accelerated with come-hither slits while you hustle about throughout the season. Not only does it offer ample coverage, it works double duty as the perfect mate for wintry layers of all types while elongating the silhouette.
Topshop classic wrap wool maxi coat by Boutique is a smart buy
Simple, lean and cut to move should be on the top of your notes to find the right piece full of cool playfulness for the season.