How to build the perfect outerwear closet
How to build the perfect outerwear closet.
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.