Heather’s Diary: For Winter Play, Coats Take Center Stage

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I love this time of year. Family and friends are all around, there’s a flurry of activities always happening, and I get to bring out my beloved coats. Frankly, I’ve waited all year for the latter. Since Texas winters refuse to be anything but schizophrenic, a girl has to be prepared.

Why not make the most of the precious time we have to sport our cutest outerwear? I propose shining the spotlight on your coats this season. Try making them the centerpiece of your outfit, rather than just an afterthought. Behold, fashion and function, together for the holidays.

 

Play Date

Capes are effortlessly fun and always ready for adventure. They’re seriously a party on your shoulders. Sling one over a dress for an instant chic makeover, or top jeans and boots for those kid-at-heart days. Whether a vintage beauty or new, either way you go, it’s best to keep the color neutral and classic.

 

 

Sarah wears a vintage cape and jewelry, the stylist’s own;
tights from BCBG Galleria Dallas ($35).

 

 

Mall Date

Ah, the cropped jacket. The simplest way to spice up any winter outfit, they double as great spring transition items as well. Perfect, as you’ll want to keep it easy while you navigate the stores to finish up some last minute shopping. Go tough with leather or embellished denim, and don’t shy away from color here. You want to stand out in the holiday crowds.

 

 

Sarah wears the Royce jacket ($298), Reyes cardigan ($268),
and Laleh booties ($275), all from BCBG Galleria Dallas.

 

 

Dinner Date

Why should dresses have all the fun? Experiment with your coat as the main course. Luxe, attention-grabbing details are key to this strategy. Try a little lace or a bold metallic print. …And when the maître d’ asks if you’d like to check your coat, just keep on walking.

 

 

Sarah wears the Lace trench ($448), with belt ($158) and Liberty crown ($48),
all from BCBG Galleria Dallas.

 

 

Photography by Shayna Fontana; additional photo editing by Sylvia Elzafon. Styling by Heather Lettieri. Featuring model Sarah Katherine, The Clutts Agency, Inc.

 

With special thanks to Galleria Dallas.

 

 

 

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