The Best Coats of the Season
THE SHERLOCK HOLMES TRENCH
There’s something very old school about Jaime King’s double-breasted Gant Rugger look, with the buckles at the wrists and the contrast button-on collar. And even though it reminds us of something the detective would wear, this version is decidedly feminine thanks to the slim fit and way it shows off the actress’s waist. (Pointy shoes help, too.)
THE WINTER-READY BLAZER
Remember when it was warm enough to go out at night wearing just a blazer over your outfit? Yeah, we barely do either. Luckily a winterized version of the style like Emmy Rossum’s dove-gray Reese + Riley coat (longer, thicker, warmer) offers the same tailored, I-put-effort-into-this-ensemble effect.
THE WILD PRINT/CLASSIC CUT COMBO
The cheetah pattern: attention-grabbing. The simple collarless silhouette: subdued. The pattern: trend-conscious. The silhouette: timeless. The pattern: for the bold only. The silhouette: universally flattering. Topshop piece is a study in contrasts and that’s exactly why it works so well.
THE SHORT-SLEEVE JACKET
Ever look at a topper like this hanging in a store and ask yourself, "How the hell do I wear that?" has the answer: over something with long sleeves in the same general color family. Nota bene: Oversize is best if the dress or shirt underneath is very fitted.
THE IS-IT-A-CAPE-OR-IS-IT-A-COAT COAT
We love how the oversize lapels and shapeless (in a good way) silhouette of jacket offer the illusion of a cape, but with the practicality and warmth of sleeves. Okay, fine, a big part of why we chose this is also because we are crazy about the gray-on-gray situation here.
THE ROBE COAT
The robe coat is going to be everywhere this fall, and no one is doing the trend better than Naomi Watts, who makes the loungewear-inspired silhouette (hers is Michael Kors) look luxe.
THE GRAPHIC-PRINT COAT
Most people tend to go either simple and solid or animal-patterned when it comes to the print of their jacket, but Sarah Hyland gives us a nice in-between option with her graphic black-and-white Alice + Olivia outerwear. The two neutral shades combined with the fact that it’s a simple cut mean this topper will work with everything in your closet.
THE PERFORATED MOTO
Black leather jackets will always be in style, but we like an unexpected light neutral for fall, like Rebecca Minkoff “Wes, which has an added, adorable edge: the teeny holes are actually little stars!
THE MODERN PEACOAT
You’ve brought back your boyfriend jeans. Now it’s time to add the boyfriend jacket to your closet. Larking Coat by MiH in brushed wool and mohair looks effortless – but still polished – when paired with skinny jeans and a second-day blowout.
THE PYTHON PRINT
You’re probably not shopping next year’s Gucci resort collection (we aren’t either!), but Gucci face sure is. If you opt for a (lower-priced) snake print this fall, take a cue from Kate, who keeps the rest of her look sssssimple so as not to overshadow that bold look.
THE OPEN-COLLAR TRENCH
It’s not only Lily Collins’s chic textured bob that gives this look a “laid-back Parisian” vibe; credit also goes to her dark gray shawl-collar coat with a slightly easy fit.
THE LEOPARD VARSITY JACKET
Jessica Lowndes nabbed a not-for-sale Rebecca Minkoff puffer jacket to wear to the designer’s NYFW show. If you don’t have the designer on speed dial but are looking to riff off her varsity vibe, look for animal prints in a wearable bright and a boyish silhouette.
THE TWO-TONED WAISTCOAT
THE VINTAGE TWEED
Alexa Chung’s Chanel jacket isn’t actually vintage (it’s from the Fall 2014 collection), but nothing’s stopping you from raiding your mom’s closet for those old suiting staples to make your own. And remember: Unless you’re walking the Chanel runway, opt for a sleek monochromatic outfit underneath to offset the boxy cut.
THE DOUBLE-BREASTED BLAZER
A staple of fabulously fashionable week in NYC? This Max Mara blazer, which adds a ladylike finish to any seemingly basic jeans-and-tee look.