According to a government survey, the top ten most popular resolutions for 2012 included hot topics like saving money and reducing debt. These definitely ring a bell for us all. Sadly, though, we also learned that this very week, only days into the year, many people will take their first misstep toward breaking their new budgetary vows.
DFW Style Daily is here to help. For the stylishly-inclined who are also attempting to spend more wisely, we’re debuting a new column cataloging haute steals under $100.
To kick-off ‘Stealing It’, we’ll tackle the toughest of all girl-on-a-budget challenges: outerwear. It’s no secret that a stylish coat can easily cost more than a month’s rent. We’ve done the legwork, however, to source a selection of gorgeous finds to keep you fashionably warm without freezing your bank account.
For The New Traditionalist: The “Melton” trench by Kensie looks fresh, thanks to its standup collar and heavy metal details. Not to mention it’s the perfect shade of mulberry. Wear it with skinny denim and oversized accessories for day, or toss it on over a mini and patterned tights by night.
Pricetag: $99.99, Macy’s
For The Uptown/Downtown Girl: We adore the loose, boxy shape of this herringbone topper. Traditional tweed fabric combined with an interesting, vintage cut makes it a sartorially stylish staple. Wear it with rough-hewn boots and an old school sweater for a laid-back look.
Pricetag: $89, Nordstrom
For The Minimalist: Winter white outerwear options are frequently spotted on runways from labels like Michael Kors and Stella McCartney. This polished coat gets the enduring trend just right. Wear it over any cocktail dress for an updated look, or pair it with equestrian-inspired basics like flat boots and a boyish plaid button down.
Pricetag: $99.99, Zara
For The Statement-Maker: Think of the emerald color of this cinched cape as a new neutral for winter. It will work over nearly any hue (trust us), turning especially fetching when mixed with fellow bright shades. Wear it over your skinniest skinnies and a rock-and-roll tee.
Pricetag: $59.40, Dillard’s
For Those With Animal Insticts: Go fabulously faux with this amped-up topper in leopard print. For seasons, leopard has remained a key wardrobe element, and the versatile shape of this jacket ensures its continued staying power. Wear it like Audrey Hepburn would, over your best LBD. Or maybe take an edgier approach, pairing it with brightly colored denim.
Pricetag: $34.97, Piperlime
For The Optimist: The poppy color and striped lining of this wool-blend overcoat make it ideal for those looking to the season ahead. Right now, it will brighten a dull winter day, and it’s tailor-made for cool spring weather. Wear it over your floral-patterned favorites.
Pricetag: $49, Old Navy
(Photo credits, from top: 1. Macys.com, 2. Shop.Nordstrom.com, 3. Zara.com, 4. DrJays.com, 5. Piperlime.com, 6. OldNavy.com)