COAT CHECK

How to build the per­fect out­er­wear closet

Ocean Magazine - - Contents - By Jen­nifer Cat­tauit

How to build the per­fect out­er­wear closet.

“You

make your first and last im­pres­sion with your out­er­wear,” re­minds fash­ion stylist Michel Onofrio. “A good coat makes a good out­fit.”

When you’re filling your closet, it’s all about bal­ance and life­style. You should have a coat for ev­ery sea­son and at least one fancy coat for spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

Ev­ery woman needs a trench – they look great and they’re al­ways in fash­ion, con­firms a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Saks Fifth Av­enue in Mis­sion Viejo. You also need a wool pea­coat, a leather jacket, a long coat (for trips to New York), a light spring jacket and an all sea­son, all weather coat, she says. If you’re a skier, you’ll need a warm parka as well to keep toasty on the slopes.

As for color, Onofrio sug­gests that you stick with darks. “When in doubt, choose black,” she says. “It stays cleaner.” Even if your choices are sim­ple and mono­chrome, Onofredo says you can make the most clas­sic coat fash­ion-for­ward by adding ac­ces­sories like a thick leather belt with hard­ware.

This sea­son, out­er­wear makes bold fash­ion state­ments rang­ing from sleek and mod­ern to lux­u­ri­ous de­tail. Ba­len­ci­aga’s egg shapes and Ferretti’s rounded rec­tan­gle were pos­i­tively geo­met­ric, as were the count­less A-lines that traipsed down the run­way like tri­an­gles.

If it wasn’t geo­met­ric, it was op­u­lent. Ro­man­tic poet sleeves, em­bel­lish­ment, leopard print, and fur trim snubbed stealth wealth in fa­vor of fab­u­lous. And with Napoleonic com­plex ev­i­dent, mod­els marched in gold-but­toned mil­i­tary coats, with none so cov­eted as Dolce & Gab­bana’s $85,000 stun­ner.

Out­er­wear was the story of the sea­son. So zip up and find the coat that will round out your closet.

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