STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Outstanding Outerwear

When the cold weather hits, it can be easy to just reach for a sweatshirt and sweatpants and call it a day, but it’s your duty as a Fashionista to do better than that. You may think that you have to sacrifice fashion to be warm, but that is not the case. Outerwear is just as important as what’s underneath these days and luckily this season’s trends are on point with both functionality and likeability.

Coming from class, I stumbled upon this Fashionista demonstrating the proper use of fashionable outerwear. Always safe with all black, her half leather half wool jacket pairs perfectly with the leggings and boots. Her choice of a jewel tone necklace adds a refreshing pop of color to the sleekness of her ensemble. This Fashionista did a great job creating an outfit that is warm, but fashion-forward for class.

As we saw at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week with designers like Jil Sander and Max Mara, this fall would focus on long, structured outerwear, taking jackets from just a means for warmth to an actual focal piece of an outfit. This Fashionista donned a statement jacket with leather paneling, adding texture to what would normally be regarded as a classic black jacket. The length of the coat creates a more sophisticated look than your average peacoat. It’s easy to grab any jacket and think it’s just something to keep yourself warm, but this fall you take after this Fashionista and have the outwear be the outfit.

In order to achieve this outfit, abandon the jackets that have the “I’m about to go sledding” feel and get a quality, formal jacket. Expand your fashion sense from what’s underneath the coat and focus your funds on a jacket that makes a statement by itself. It is a relatively easy trend to follow since you only have to invest in one piece, but make sure to get one that is not too trendy in order to prolong its usefulness. Follow this Fashionista and wear a jacket that will function well throughout the fall and winter seasons.

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