it's a wrap

it's officially cold outside. not even cali kids are leaving home without their jackets. after some seriously wacky weather in the past weeks, old man winter is showing himself.

but guess what’s in the stores? spring fashion. ha! valentine’s day is all over target and i can find a really cute bathing suit at nordstrom right now. the retail clothing cycle does not follow current weather patterns, but if you didn’t nab a great coat in early november, now is a good time because outerwear is on sale.

 i snatched up this coat at j crew for a steal. i have to be thoughtful about wearing the yellow with my skin tone, but i just love the pop of color especially on a dreary day.

i snatched up this coat at j crew for a steal. i have to be thoughtful about wearing the yellow with my skin tone, but i just love the pop of color especially on a dreary day.

below is a cheat sheet of things to consider when buying a coat, and a few finds i thought you might like.

quality & price. when you buy a coat, know that you will likely have it for several seasons, so be ready to spend. a decent coat is a solid investment and since you’ll be keeping it for years, it’s worth the expense to buy the best coat you can afford. natural fabrics (wool, cashmere, down-filled) trump synthetics, and although it can hurt in the moment, (just like tuition) you feel better about the cost as the months roll by.

sizing. fit is one of the most important factors in dressing well. it deserves a dedicated post, but here is the quick, i-have-errands-to-run, outerwear version: select a coat that allows you to layer without looking stuffed. because you will often have a sweater, sweatshirt or blazer underneath, it’s better to buy a size up than to feel uncomfortable or look confined. also, the length (another in-depth topic) should never go much beyond your knees. this is especially true for petites. please gift all ankle dusters to your very tall friend immediately.

color & style: just like the rest of your wardrobe, you have to have the essentials before you can add the fun. a black and camel colored coat are basics in your arsenal. if you don’t have one of these, this is your homework. and by extension, if you have a cape and no trench…go directly to the naughty chair. buy your staple pieces first in the best possible quality, and go for the trends later.

 my girly side makes me love this puffer. it adds some whimsy to an otherwise standard coat. get it  here  at kate spade.

my girly side makes me love this puffer. it adds some whimsy to an otherwise standard coat. get it here at kate spade.

 this coat would look great on anyone; the clean lines make it a solid choice even with the punchy color. and yes, it comes in black, too. get it  here  at j crew.

this coat would look great on anyone; the clean lines make it a solid choice even with the punchy color. and yes, it comes in black, too. get it here at j crew.

 this puffer somehow seems a step up from casual. the olive color and plush fur give it sophistication. there's a silver color that's special, too. get it  here  at canada goose.   

this puffer somehow seems a step up from casual. the olive color and plush fur give it sophistication. there's a silver color that's special, too. get it here at canada goose.   

 this wool coat has a bit of a swing to it. it's a neutral color with a fun silhouette. get it  here  at zara.

this wool coat has a bit of a swing to it. it's a neutral color with a fun silhouette. get it here at zara.

 this shearling is gorgeous. even though it wouldn't make the essentials list, it is a classic. get it  here  at coach. 

this shearling is gorgeous. even though it wouldn't make the essentials list, it is a classic. get it here at coach. 

bundle up and stay warm!