Cozy Coats. Cause, baby it's cold outside!

I find myself increasingly drawn to soft, cozy things as the temperatures drop. Especially this year - we seem to have gone from wearing sundresses and sandals to needing three layers plus a scarf in no time at all. I think I might have blinked and missed those few days when it was ok to wear things like puffy vests over long sleeved tees and pretty long sleeved blouses without jackets.

Now the nights are drawing in and it just feels like I want to wrap myself in fuzzy, fleecy things. But when you’re as short as I am, it can’t just be about being warm. I believe J.K. Rowling’s description of Dudley, Harry Potter’s cousin, is that he is wider than he is tall. Unfortunately for me, wearing fuzzy, fleecy and/or cozy things tends to head more in that direction then slender and stylish. Sigh. That just makes the search more of a challenge!

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Enter the faux fur coat. Cozy, non? Budget conscious too. And maybe even fun, regardless of the bulk. I do in fact own a wonderful faux fur vest that I found in a store I almost never frequent, but I find it only does the trick when it’s not too cold out. (Apparently I really need my arms to be double layered all the way to the wrists.) Cue this marvelous coat from Gap that I almost ordered (in black of course) because it looked so warm , but my pocketbook didn’t quite let me. And as it turns out, it’s now sold out.

But that started me looking for other cozy coat options. And, oh what fun I had! These ‘teddy bear’ coats are all the rage this fall/winter, along with the usual lineup of fabulous faux fur options.

Seems to me that even those of us that are proportionally challenged should be able to find something that doesn’t make us resemble marshmallows. Unless of course that’s the look we’re going for.

So, just for fun, here are some of the things I found:

Casual Cozy Coats

Left: Asos Boo Hoo Teddy coat. How cute is this? Center: Coat sold on Amazon by various companies, clearly not in North America. But I think this is one of those pieces that you can throw on and still look like you at least made an effort AND you’d be warm. Right: At Charlotte Russe for a ridiculously inexpensive price, but again, kind of fun.

Faux Fur Jackets - More sophisticated, but still really fun

Left: A leopard print definitely NOT found in nature. Center: Burgundy fur aviator jacket. Sophisticated, standout and smart. Right: Dalmatian hoodie - not Cruella DeVil, but cute, cozy and definitely eye-catching. All at Asos.

Cozy, but More Stylish

Left: Nunavut alpaca blanket coat. You had me at blanket! Plus, I discovered alpaca this summer, and frankly, would like 65% of my wardrobe to be made from this marvelous fiber. Center: what a pretty coat for the colder months! Not faux fur exactly, but more of a faux shearling/fleece. At Nordstrom. Right: I don’t think you can go wrong with a little bit of leopard. This one is fun, although a bit pricier than others I’ve featured at $399.

And for the true sophisticate who prefers her fur faux:

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I’m loving this persian lamb faux fur coat. Equally at home over jeans, a suit or evening wear. Although, reading the reviews, perhaps not quite as cozy as I would like for a DC winter . . .


And finally, one for those truly gray and miserable days (my fashion friend has taken to calling them ‘grizmal’ days). Doesn’t this just make your spirits lift whatever the weather? Ok, this one might be difficult to pair with items in your closet, but I feel I may well be approaching that point where I want to be warm and sunshiny no matter how ridiculous I look. If only I could pull off the sunshine colors . . .

Now to choose how many cozy coats to add to your wardrobe this season!