Colorful Coats!

Well, it’s winter. A lot of red noses out there this morning.

I don’t know where you grew up, but I come from the sunny skied prairie; even when it’s 20 below, there are blue skies and sunshine and your spirit still feels sunny. Somehow I managed in the UK, where anyone who is at all interested in style wears black, even though it’s gray all winter long. New York too. But now that I’m spending my winters in the extreme gray and brown that is the Mid-Atlantic winter, I can tell you that my very soul craves some color. Don’t get me wrong, I can wear black, but in the depths of our colorless winter, I need to stack the dress odds in my favor.

I’ve trawled around the interwebs in search of colorful winter coats for you to feast your eyes on. Because who says your winter outerwear needs to be black or gray? Granted, there’s always been a lot of color in outdoor winter wear, the kind you might find on ski hills and in the woods, but if you’re a city gal like me, you should still be able to find some hues to brighten up your winter days.

And if you’re lucky enough to be like my stepmother, and can actually wear warm colors, hands down you should be in investing in a camel coat. They’re beautiful. And they're neutral for those of you who need that sort of thing. Plus you can add all the extra color you need with scarves and gloves. [An aside: why is it that there are so many beautiful colorful gloves out there? Is it because we are all too afraid to go for the ‘hello world!’ full impact of the colorful coat and timidly acknowledge our spiritual need for color with accessories? How do you feel about colorful winter outerwear?]

So, ahem, maybe this post will encourage me to do something about my own rather lackluster winter outerwear. I’ve been thinking about it long enough . . .

 

 

For the record, I LOVE this pumpkin ruffled coat. But I look ghastly in orange. Why hasn’t someone made this in bright blue or teal green?!?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some other wonderfully warm hues that would really keep you toasty through the winter:

L - Modcloth 'Fall in Love' red coat, C - Michael Kors at Nordstrom, R - Modcloth 'Once upon a thyme' mustard coat

L - Modcloth 'Fall in Love' red coat, C - Michael Kors at Nordstrom, R - Modcloth 'Once upon a thyme' mustard coat

What about those of you fair maidens who can't really handle deep colors, winter or otherwise? Here are some super pretty pastel options for winter.

L - J. Crew, R (top) - Boden USA, R (bottom) - Tahari at Nordstrom

L - J. Crew, R (top) - Boden USA, R (bottom) - Tahari at Nordstrom

Now I'm a 'winter', through and through and should only ever be wearing black and white and jewel tones. Here are a couple of options for us dark haired beauties:

L - Forest green coat at Nordstrom, R - bright blue coat also at Nordstrom

L - Forest green coat at Nordstrom, R - bright blue coat also at Nordstrom

 

 

And for those of you who can handle multiple colors and have joie de vivre all year long, how about this fantastic plaid vintage coat? I think my psyche could pull this off about 50% of my winter days. My Aunt Lydia on the other hand, would wear this and ask for more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there you have it! Winter doesn't need to be dreary. What are you going to wear this winter?