Coat of Conduct – Breaking the Pattern


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Dear Winter, Please go away!

Ok, ok, so it’ll be a couple of months before these frigid temps rise above 60, but until then people should make an effort to at least look good in their outerwear.   Can I get an “Amen, sister!”?

If you plan to wear a black coat, consider enhancing your ensemble with some slammin’ accessories.   Pops of color from head to toe and everything in between can upgrade that boring black or monotone (ie gray) coat.  Sorry, but gray is not a color.  Well, ok it’s a color, but it’s not a ‘color’.

A chunky belt meant for a dress can look good over your coat, so just give it a try!  A vibrant scarf over your head (for the over 50 degree days) can keep that wind from messing up your do and create that Hepburn sophistication.  And don’t forget the bag and footwear, oh I could spend hours on that…

Anyways, while some people choose the monotone coat, I was in need of inspiration for something more.  Trekking the city from Manhattan’s chic neighborhoods south of 14th Street in Chelsea/Soho/LES to uber-hip Williamsburg, Brooklyn (queue eye roll), I was able to find these amazing looks from designer to vintage.  These people decided to forgo them boring coats for something more visually appealing.  There is however one black coat, but the details are pretty lovely, and…it’s a Tahari.  This wasn’t an easy task, as there seemed to be an endless abundance of black puffer and wool coats, and the occasional camel color, flooding the streets of NYC.  But I wasn’t about to give up until I found something awesome, and I did.

So, if you’re in the market for a coat, think outside the box, take a risk, and go for some color or pattern.  (There’s gotta be plenty of sales going on just to get rid of the winter inventory.)  Just because winter is cold and bleak doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to be.

(AND…queue another “Amen, sister!”)

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