Street Style: It’s All About The Jacket

When I was living in Seattle, coats were not really a big part of my wardrobe. As fashionable as I thought myself to be, I wore all-weather anoraks just like everyone else. (Don’t look at me like that, we don’t carry umbrellas!) Now that I’ve settled in in the Northeast, having a selection of jackets and coats for any occasion seems absolutely essential. After all, what looks perfect with a stovepipe skinny jean may not always look right with a flare.

These women have drastically different looks, but I love them both equally. Above, I mean, that’s a statement coat if ever there was one, right? It’s cool and (probably) warm at the same time. With it’s extra-long length, she was right to pair it with skinny, rolled jeans and her flat booties.

Below, she’s put together a very classic, sort of uptown-feeling look with a double-breasted trench coat, leather gloves and flared jeans. She looks sophisticated and warm, and the leopard print scarf adds a perfect little something extra.


Do you have a go-to coat or a selection to choose from? How do you decide which to pair with your jeans?


[Photos by Taylor Davies]




  1. January 19, 2012 / 12:47 pm

    I live in Missouri, so we definitely have cold winters, and I thoroughly believe in having a coat for every occasion! It’s one of my obsessions (along with boots).
    Its especially important if you’re going to be spending a lot of time walking outside or going from indoors to outdoors often. You probably wouldn’t even bother to take off your coat each time. So it makes a big impact on your overall look.
    That said, good quality/warm coats cost $$$. I source mine from different types of places: store sales, Goodwill, hand-me-downs (especially from older ladies, they have some classy coats), ebay, etc.
    Get a style that will last more than one season and build a collection.

  2. January 19, 2012 / 7:36 pm

    I live in Western WA and have an insane collection of coats. I love building an outfit around them in winter and making sure each of them sees a little love. 🙂

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