After suffering twenty or so harsh Midwest winters, I think I've finally got the hang of how to be chic during winter. Unfortunately, as I skip across campus in my snowboots, I feel like a lot of people just don't get it. This is unacceptable, in my eyes. I realize that some people might just not care, but if you do, I want to help you. Thus begins my new series "How to be Chic in Winter." It takes some planning and practice, but like riding a bike, you'll never forget.
This first article focuses on the coat. The coat is the centerpiece of your winter wardrobe that all your other pieces will work around. To have a winter wardrobe that truly functions, you need three coats. These three:
1. The black coat
This is your everyday, go-to coat. I understand that some people are more into brown, and I guess that's fine, but black is the best color and here's why: science. Black absorbs sunlight. Thus, you get the maximum amount of warmth from the tiny amount of sunlight that may shine through the grey clouds. Also, black is commonly known as the chicest of colors.
It's important that this coast is AWESOME. It must fit perfectly, be well-constructed, and most importantly, you must LOVE it. You live in this coat. It is your second skin in winter. I think wool is probably the best choice for its material. As Irish and Scottish people have known for many hundreds of years, wool is still warm when it's wet. And it's totally classic.
2. The casual coat
If you've picked your black coat right, you hopefully didn't choose a Northface. I don't have a problem with the Northface brand, but their coats are just too casual to wear every day. You wouldn't want to put on a nice chic outfit and then throw a Northface on over it, would you? The coat does count as a part of your look, after all. I saw this girl walking into a bar yesterday with her hair done, a gold sequin dress, and great heels, but she was wearing a Northface on top of it all. They wouldn't let her into the bar, and I think it was the Northface that did it. Anyhow, what I'm saying is that your everyday coat should be too dressy to wear to the gym. So you need a casual coat, for all your gym/shoveling the driveway/making snowmen needs.
3. The statement coat. It's important to remember that a coat is a part of your outfit. When you walk into a room, your coat is the first thing everyone sees. If you want to make a statement, you need a statement coat. A bright color or a fun pattern with classic tailoring will suffice. Alternatively, fur is fun. Etsy is a great place to find fabulous vintage coats.
And so on and so forth. If you click the pictures, the link will take you directly to the website where the coat is sold. Good luck on all your shopping adventures. Next up: other winter accessories.