How to choose your most im­por­tant fall in­vest­ment piece, ac­cord­ing to Wes Gor­don.

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“My girl knows what she wants,” says New York de­signer Wes Gor­don. “She wants to look beau­ti­ful, but she doesn’t want to look like her mother—or her mother’s mother.” Here, Gor­don lays down three rules for se­lect­ing a state­ment coat that’s on the still-cool side of so­phis­ti­cated:

1. “Go for a piece that speaks to you—that makes your heart beat a lit­tle bit faster.”

2. “Think about ver­sa­til­ity. A coat is like a hand­bag: It’s an in­vest­ment that you use ev­ery day. It be­comes an ex­ten­sion of your­self for at least five months of the year.”

3. “There should be a bit of grandeur about it. If you’re go­ing to walk down the side­walk and re­ally own the city, you can’t feel drab. Your coat is your ar­mour; it should make you feel pow­er­ful.” ■

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