BY YUWA VOSPER
Now that it is finally cold outside, we can break out our winter coats, fur vests, and leather jackets. With all the stylish options, bundling up for the winter does not have to look bulky or frumpy. When styling my winter outerwear, I think about the temperature and functionality. If the temperatures dip into freezing categories, I will most likely wear a heavier coat called a car coat. Car coats have buttons placed down the front and sometimes a double-breasted closure. It also hits above-the-knee. The car coat most closely resembles the peacoat but is typically longer. I like that this style coat is nipped in at the waist, which can create a nice silhouette when layered over an ensemble. For the milder temperatures, I alternate between my navy peacoat, black sleeve cape, and mustard yellow toggle coat. These are my standard go-to coats; however, I do have more options. Still, it is always great to have a daily base that allows me to choose. I styled three looks that can help you begin building a base for your winter wear wardrobe.
The Fur Vest
Fur vests are featured in almost every store around Baton Rouge. With the fluctuating temperatures, I can see why it has become so popular. The fur vest is the most versatile and comfortable piece of outerwear that can enhance any ensemble. Being sleeveless, it will not be too hot if the temperatures decide to warm up in the afternoon, and the fur will keep you warm if the temperatures decide to drop and become colder at night. To create a stylish ensemble, I paired it with neutrals: cashmere crewneck, skinny jeans, and tan ankle boots. This pairing allowed the fur vest to be the highlight of your ensemble bringing focus to your torso. This look would be great worn on campus or an evening downtown. Hence, the versatility of the fur vest.
The Hot Pink Biker Jacket
The hot pink biker jacket is a far variation from the traditional black color but gives the ensemble a huge color boost. Since the pink color is bold, the base ensemble should not overshadow but emphasize the jacket. In order to highlight the jacket, the garments worn underneath need to be simple. Therefore, I paired it with all black to create a monochromatic impact. To keep with the chic leather look, I added studded heels for a little embellishment. A similar style and color of this jacket was seen at Frock Candy in the Baton Rouge area.
The Fringe Kimono Coat
This summer, the fringe kimono was one of the on trend looks of the season. It is no surprise that this winter, the fringe kimono remains but is made with heavier fabrics to provide warmth. Since this coat has a more bohemian feel, I decided to go full 1970s boho by pairing it with a black floral dress and over-the-knee boots. You can alternate between bare legs or black tights depending on the temperatures. The over-the-knee boots modernize a vintage-inspired ensemble.
When buying a coat, look for one that has rich details and quality fabrics. A coat should be purchased as a standard, investment piece to be worn yearly. By looking for a coat in a neutral color, it will be worn on daily basis with any type of ensemble. However, if you want to opt for a more dramatic alternative, pick a coat that has an elaborate print or embroidery. These can be worn for more glamorous occasions or just to heighten an ensemble. Despite which style coat you choose, it is important to purchase a coat that will work seamlessly with your wardrobe.
Want to be a Top Model?
New Orleans Fashion Week is holding a model casting call in Baton Rouge. The casting call will be held on Sunday, January 18, 2014 at the Vangaurd/Paul Mitchell School from 5pm to 7pm. Female models are required to be 5’7 or taller with a dress size ranging from size 0 to 6. Male models must be 5’11 or taller with a pant size of 30-34. All potential models must arrive wearing all black attire. Women wear heels and men wear dress shoes. Visit: www.fashionweeknola.com to download a model casting form.