It’s starting to get cold here in Ohio, and I’m taking stock of my winter coat wardrobe. I’ve teamed up today with Nordstrom Rack to share with you why I think you may need a colorful winter coat in your wardrobe.
I think it’s definitely smart to have a nice coat or two in the neutrals you love to wear. But it’s oh so fun to add a big splash of color to your outerwear collection with a colorful coat, too. While adding a coat in a bold color or soft pastel to your winter wardrobe may sound like a splurge, I’ve discovered that Nordstrom Rack makes shopping for those extra special additions more affordable.
I love wearing neutrals all year long, but especially in the colder months. If you like to wear neutrals in your outfits, too, I think having a colorful coat or two on hand to frame those black, brown, camel or grey ensembles is so smart. This red wool blend coat from Sam Edelman will work beautifully in my wardrobe consisting largely of black, grey, brown and camel.
The wool blend coat with notched lapels fits true to size. I always size up to a 10 in coats to accommodate multiple layers and ample room in the shoulders, and that worked beautifully for me here, too. It features a beautiful inverted pleat down the back of the coat.
But the Sam Edelman wool blend coat also comes in other pretty colors and neutrals including boysenberry and lake blue. It features a smooth felted twill hand, and so this coat feels and looks very polished but is still versatile enough for casual pairings.
They may look similar at first glance, but this blue wool blend coat, also by Sam Edelman, features a nubby texture that feels so rich and on trend. I love how it works with my neutral ensemble, too.
This blue wool blend coat has a straighter, slightly slimmer silhouette, but it still fits true to size. I’m wearing a medium very comfortable. For this first outfit, I’m wearing the same neutral high waist bootcut ponte knit pants and sweater outfit underneath the coat. I wanted you to see that most any color of coat will pair so nicely with your neutrals, really elevating the outfit with that punch of color.
But below I wore the cheerful blue wool blend coat over a sweater in a very similar color. The blue sweater fits true to size and is still available in a couple of sizes. But this is not about the sweater. I wanted you to see how smart it is to select a coat in a color that you enjoy wearing in sweaters in blouses already. So look through your closet and see what color you have a lot of. That’s a great color for you next coat purchase!
Topping a sweater, blouse or even dress with a jacket or coat in the same color is oh so chic. And that tone on tone styling hack is very on trend right now, too. Below you’ll see that I even bookended this look with blue suede pumps from my closet in the same blue. My bet is that if you have one color you wear a lot of, you could create similar elevated looks with a winter coat in that same hue.
Nordstrom Rack has so many lovely wool and wool blend top coats in bold and soft colors. And you’ll find them in a wide range of price points. But Nordstrom Rack is my go-to place for those high quality brands at more affordable prices. I’ve collected more beautiful, colorful wool coats in the shopping widget at the end of this post. But you can also begin your search here at Nordstrom Rack. Then just open the filters tab, select color and choose the color you’re looking for.
Colorful Puffer Coat
But you don’t have to limit your choice of colorful coats to wool blend dress coats. Especially if you lead a more casual lifestyle, a colorful puffer coat or other parka is another fun option.
I’ve worn this fig colored Bernardo packable puffer coat over that same neutral pairing with the simple addition of brown suede booties (not my exact booties, but so many option!). My goal here was really just to highlight the coats and let you see how they might work with neutrals in your closet.
But imagine this beautiful fig colored puffer coat over dark wash jeans and a navy sweater, black jeans and a black sweatshirt or grey pants and a grey turtleneck. So, so sharp! But still comfortable, practical and very warm. In fact, my favorite winter coats are my Bernardo puffer coats, and I have several. Nordstrom Rack has a wide variety of them available here, too.
Above I removed the coat to share with you the simple but really cool pairing I’ve been wearing underneath all the color. I ordered this ivory pointelle mock neck sweater and camel high waist bootcut ponte pants just so I’d have some basic neutrals to show off the coats. Little did I know I’d fall in love with them. The sweater has a slim fit but runs true to size. I ordered a large thinking it may be tight, but it’s too big. I should have purchased my usual medium. It comes in two other colors, too. And the ponte pants also run true to size; I’m wearing a medium. They also come in black and a nice plaid. Really great separates!
So the moral of the story? Don’t be afraid of investing in a colorful winter coat. It will frame your neutrals beautifully. But if you choose one in a color that already fills your closet, that colorful outer piece will layer on that hue to create rich, sophisticated outfits. And the magic works with dress coats and more casual ones. What colorful coat will do you enjoy wearing? Or what colorful winter coat will you add to your wardrobe? The shopping widget below will help you begin your search!
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Blessed for My Day
After writing about colorful coats and then turning to the Bible, I immediately thought of Joseph and his multicolored coat. Of course that coat ended up being part of quite the tragic story. But it really wasn’t the coat at all that caused the misfortune Joseph fell into. A colorful coat has no more bad mojo than a broken mirror or black cat. Things don’t get it us into trouble; sin does.
Jacob, Joseph’s father, initiated his son’s trouble by favoring him over his 10 other brothers. Playing favorites never bodes well. Favoritism is really a form of idol worship. When we choose to love God fully – with all our hearts, minds, bodies and souls – our love for other people will be more balanced. We will love others with a healthy affection that serves them well and does no harm. Let’s make sure that our first and most encompassing love is Jesus. Then He will help us engage in healthy relationships with others.
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors. ~ Genesis 37:3