How I Wear My: Coat

How I Wear My: Coat
Happy 2014 and welcome to the 27th edition of How I Wear My!

The winter season made it so easy for Jill of Everything Just So and me to pick “coat” as our theme for this month’s “How I Wear My”. It seems especially timely since much of North America is in the midst of a “polar vortex”!

The range of coat photos we received made us realize that your definition of a coat may depend on where you live. Californians and Floridians think about coats in a different way than somebody who lives in Alaska or Minnesota or the U.K.

No matter what your take on a coat – from capes to utility jackets, from full-length furs to mid-length car coats –  wearing one is a terrific way to get through the winter in style!

Starting us off as always is my beautiful HIWM partner, Jill of Everything Just So who is wearing a coat by J. Crew with an added fur collar from a stoop sale in Brooklyn. Actually the collar didn’t sell and the lady – someone Jill knows – just left it draped over her gate for whomever wanted it, a time-honored tradition in Brooklyn. Jill guesses that originally it was a detachable collar for a sweater

“Wintertime Chic” is what I’d call Jill’s glamorous look. From the fur collar to the big sunglasses and dark nails, I would guess Jill was a celebrity if I saw her on the streets of New York City!

Jill’s photo by Gwynne Keresty

Alicia of Spashionista is very petite so most coats tend to overwhelm her. She generally opts for shorter items like this leopard wrap/cape. She tells us it’s very warm and will never go out of style so it’s perfect for Alicia!

Sheree of It’s Not That Deep makes a glam statement in this street style look featuring a Mongolian fur coat from a local vintage shop.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun wears a Larry Levine coat with stripes and skinny jeans rolled up over booties, a very sophisticated city look!

Ana of Mrs. American Made is showing a cream-colored lightweight wool coat by Laundry that she bought at a consignment shop. She loves the slim fit and classic shape and has worn it many times with everything from dresses and skirts to casual jeans.

Teresa, wife of New York Photographer Denton Taylor wears a fox hat and mink coat she bought in 1989. She still has the receipt for the coat from Abraham and Strauss all these years later!

Herlinda of herlyhedonism’s Blog or “Herly” as she is often called, is a new local friend of mine. She is a writer who enjoys writing about travel, so we have lots in common!

Herly just returned from a whirlwind press visit to the U.K. and says, “London is cold! I wore gloves, layers, skinny jeans and waterproof warm Blondo boots with my banana republic wool coat. Here I am in front of the BBC studios in London before a taping of a show in studio audience!”

Charlotte of Sublime Mercies tells us she went to quite a bit of trouble to add this London Fog cape to her wardrobe as it was 50% off but sold-out in Canada. You can see why, though. It’s just so much fun! The rich brown really beautifully accents her hair.

Susan of Une Femme d’un Certain Âge says this about her darling J. Crew peacoat (that I have been lusting after for months):

“I’ve been wanting a peacoat for quite some time. It’s as much coat as I need in Southern California, and the shorter length is more practical, especially for walking my dogs on chilly mornings.”

Jan of Fort Smith Stylista wears a Duro Olowu for JCP “Leaf Print” coat that she bought last spring and has been saving for just such an occasion as How I Wear My!

What a beautiful and unique coat! Looks gorgeous with Jan’s rich red hair color.

Sue of A Colorful Canvas looks pretty in pink in this coat she sewed last October using a vintage Perry Ellis pattern. Sue says she love the color pink and so do we. Well done, Sue!

Heather of Vintage French Chic should win a prize for the best deal on a fabulous coat. It’s a100% wool/cashmere coat with a fur collar found for $1.00 at a garage sale years ago. She still loves it after all these years…yep, you read that right: a dollar!

Wendy, a reader who works for Canadian School of Protocol and Etiquette, wears a down filled parka to keep her warm and toasty in the snow belt of Canada where she lives. It’s so warm, sometimes she uses it as a blanket. Something tells me she is getting lots of use out of her parka these days!

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files found this fabulous vintage coat at an estate sale. It’s called “New Yorker” and it’s made in Canada. Suzanne says the coat is heavy, and beautifully crafted and that the name of the previous owner is embroidered on the inside lining.

Dale of Savvy Spice and owner of Savvy Sleepers wears an oversized ombre coat with leather trim by Sisley. Stunning!

Liz of What Liz Loves prefers parkas and jackets to coats. This navy blue parka is a favorite of hers. Here she’s wearing it in the park on a lovely fall afternoon.

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 bought this retro looking coat by Jones of New York a couple of years ago at Ross. Love that collar!

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb says this about her fun and glamorous coat:

“All black and white – with no other colour – is highly unusual for me, but when you’re styling a statement piece like this black and white striped faux fur coat then an abundance of colour is of secondary importance!”

Heather of Style Mind Chic tells us that her go-to coat is this Calvin Klein camel trench. Here, she paired it with a Vince Camuto animal print blouse, Ann Klein booties and a See by Chloe clutch.

You really can’t go wrong with a khaki trench, can you?

Lacey of Magnificent or Egregious has this to say about her gorgeous long cashmere coat:

“Here’s my coat, I just scored it off Ebay. It’s a navy blue Fleurette Loro Piana cashmere coat (100%, made in USA) and it’s beautiful.  I will wear it once the weather warms up a little!  🙂  Beautiful quality and I got it for far far less than retail.  Woo-hoo!”

Tori, my stepdaughter really loves this black and white leopard print trench. So much so that she has been wearing it regularly for five years, since she was 14-years-old! We have definitely gotten our money’s worth from this great buy. It’s lightweight so Tori just wears layers underneath when the weather is chilly.

Last summer, I found this vintage 1960’s Aquascutum coat at Goodwill for $5.99. I have yet to wear it in this 70 degree weather we have been having. While the rest of the country is under ice, we are warm and dry as a bone in California. I decided I would wear my coat anyway, just take it for a test drive with the hopes that cooler weather is on its way.

I wore my raspberry colored coat with a black sweatshirt, destroyed boyfriend jeans and my new spiked pumps from Sole Society. I call them my “Valentino’s on a budget”.

I thought adding a black hat from my favorite hat shop in the world would help to modernize the vintage coat and give it an edgier look.


Be sure to head over to Jill’s blog for even more fantastic looks featuring coats!

For February put on your rose-colored glasses and join us for “How I Wear My: Pink”.

All shades of pink are welcome—from the palest pink you’d find on a peony to the most lurid Pepto-Bismol shade you can handle, and everything in between!

Jill and I will accept pictures until February 3, 2014. Send them to and be sure to include a couple of lines about your look.

Don’t forget to “like” our Facebook page to keep up to date with reminders, ideas and all things HIWM!

Have a rich day!



  1. January 8, 2014 / 5:00 am

    Gorgeous color Adrienne! and I love how you toned it down with the distressed jeans..totally something I would rock..thanks for featuring me 😉
    Sheree xxx

  2. January 8, 2014 / 5:09 am

    Love it all – but I am particularly envious of the lucky score of the Loro piano coat! Their coats are so warm. I was going to do it and took a picture but the lighting was so awful that all you see is a flash. I should send it to you anyway so you could see why I didn’t actually bother sending it. I will do one but it is a lot harder than it looks – all of you make it look so easy!!

  3. January 8, 2014 / 5:54 am

    It’s so fun and inspiring seeing the variety of styles and how people adapt for their environments. Adrienne, you look so gorgeous in that raspberry coat! Thanks so much for including me!

  4. January 8, 2014 / 5:54 am

    My this is a glamorous roundup! Who ARE all these gorgeous ladies?!? I know I say this every month, but I think this may be my new favorite HIWM. Everyone looks so happy and beautiful and I love seeing all these great coats worn in stylish ways! XO, Jill

  5. January 8, 2014 / 6:43 am

    Coats are my favorite item of clothing (or one of them anyway) and I love seeing how everyone is wearing theirs. Lucky score on the Loro Piano coat – wow! Everyone looks wonderful.

  6. January 8, 2014 / 6:43 am

    Love coat season!! So many great looks here and I really love all the color!

  7. January 8, 2014 / 6:49 am

    Good morning Adrienne! There are so many fabulous coats here I’m seeing some new favorites. This is such a fun series and thanks to you and Jill for hosting each month. Your looks are both fantastic. What a score with the raspberry and the blue is swoonworthy for sure. I agree, coats are an after thought this season here in Northern Cal. I’m ready for some rain and cold weather. Thanks again for hosting!
    xx, Heather

  8. January 8, 2014 / 6:50 am

    Adrienne! I am wishing you very cold weather to come so you can wear that beauty! I love it. And I adore Lacey’s coat–very classic. So many coats–what to do? Thank you for hosting again. I think I will be on the Goodwill hunt for a pink coat in the future.

  9. January 8, 2014 / 7:10 am

    Wow, so many beautiful coats! Thanks for hosting this round-up, I always get inspired. xox

  10. January 8, 2014 / 7:27 am

    There are some fabulous coats out there!!


  11. January 8, 2014 / 8:13 am

    Another stellar roundup my dear! As I mentioned to Jill, I am so appreciative of all the work you two put into this event each month!

    I know what you mean about not getting much coat wear this season … mine are getting lonely in the closets with this 70 degree weather we still have here in southern California … but I am not complaining :))

    I tied my post to both you and Jill today … to support this fabulous roundup the two of you do each month. It is so lovely to see real woman … in real clothes! Thank you again Adrienne for all you do! I will be checking out my pinks … it a color I am most drawn to right now!!

    You are looking every bit your gorgeous self!!


  12. January 8, 2014 / 8:40 am

    I just love the colour of your coat Adrienne. And that ombre coat Dale is wearing is just WOW!

    A fun roundup and perfect timing.

    Happy New Year!


  13. January 8, 2014 / 8:58 am

    You do such a great job with these themed posts. I love that cashmere coat that Lacey bought on eBay!
    The coat you are wearing has fabulous vintage detail…great price too!
    I really must look for a coat when I next go to the thrift shops. I am feeling far too common in my pedestrian coats!

  14. January 8, 2014 / 9:07 am

    Gosh Adrienne there are just too many gorgeous coats to mention!!! Thank you for featuring my furry little number 🙂 The raspberry coat is just the most beautiful colour on you, and Jill has made her white coat look a million dollars with the fur scarf – you’re right about her looking like a celebrity!

    Catherine x

  15. January 8, 2014 / 9:55 am

    Hi Adrienne, As always, such a great mix! A common thread, and so many unique interpretations. I am in love with the raspberry shade of your coat. It’s too bad that you can’t really wear it much, though your warm temperatures are inviting! Thank you for including me in today’s feature! And Pink!!! No secret, I love pink, so I am looking forward to February!

  16. January 8, 2014 / 11:15 am

    Oh Boy! what a nice bunch of styling bloggers wearing their best coats!
    Tks Adrienne! i have joined you guys on Facebook and will participate for the pink How i Wear!


  17. January 8, 2014 / 1:07 pm

    I’m so excited to be included with this group of inspirational fashionistas! Thanks so much!

  18. January 8, 2014 / 5:54 pm

    Love all the coats…such a variety! Sadly, I have hardly worn any this season, other than a chilly day or two it’s just been too warm. Tomorrow I may actually get to wear a sweater. Yay! 🙂

    Seeing Jill’s coat with the fur collar makes me happy that I just ordered a faux fur collar cardigan from Banana Repubic. Between the sale price and my BR rewards, the grand total was $4.00. (orig price $130) Now I just hope it fits!

    Love the color of your coat Adrienne. I remember when you bought it awhile ago. You got a really good deal didn’t you? Tori’s is very cute.


  19. January 8, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    Oops! Missed your comment….yep $5.99 not bad! 🙂

  20. January 8, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    What a wonderful style party again! So many great looks – and so many inspirations! Thank you for hosting it, Adrienne and Jill. Great job! 🙂

  21. January 9, 2014 / 7:36 am

    My dear Adrienne and Jill, happy New Year.
    Ho I missed this chance to be with you?, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Love and sunshine wonderful friends.

  22. January 9, 2014 / 7:43 am

    Posted my 15 seconds of fame on our facebook page and will link to our blog later. I love the coats but I am so envious of the greenery I see in the background!!! Thanks for the blog, it is wonderful!

  23. January 9, 2014 / 9:50 am

    Adrienne, you look fabulous as always in that coat and the hat just takes it up a notch. I loved seeing the many coat options this time around. Living in a cold climate now I am able to wear more layers than when we lived in Florida and there is much inspiration here. Thanks to you and Jill for hosting.
    Looking forward to pink, : ) Ana

  24. January 9, 2014 / 10:53 am

    Wow–are there some gorgeous coats in the blogosphere!!

  25. January 9, 2014 / 5:16 pm

    Adrienne, loved! loved this post full of inspiration for making cold weather a little more fashionable! … Your hat was the perfect accessory – it really up the wow factor … you go girl! … Happy New Year, hugs, C. (HHL)

  26. January 10, 2014 / 12:26 pm

    Darling Ladies, both … thanks for allowing me to join such stellar company! So fun, and how completely timely and appropriate! I was freezing my face off when we took my coat photo! Here’s to all of us staying warm, dry and stylish … all year long!

  27. January 10, 2014 / 3:54 pm

    Cute post! Love seeing everyone’s looks and especially fun to see Dale, Dawn and Lacey here. Love your pink coat. Cannot believe what a deal that was! I think my favorites are the trenches like Heathers and Tori’s and the colorful ones like yours!

  28. January 12, 2014 / 1:25 am

    Love this Adrienne and I had fun seeing all the different styles and coats I want for so many different occasions both casual and dressed up. Thanks again for including me and your coat was such a good deal but you styled it like a celeb with the boyfriend jeans and the perfect hat. Hope you went out this day and showed off your look. 🙂


  29. January 12, 2014 / 2:25 pm

    What a fun and interesting array of coats. Dale’s grey ombre coat literally took my breath away — so striking yet so wearable. And Suzanne’s “New Yorker” is fabulous — what *is* it made of? And I love your vibrant raspberry vintage find; would wear it in a heartbeat for the structure and intense purity of the color; and I long for Jill’s creamy coat + fur collar find. What a great idea!

    I’ll see what I can do about pink over the next few weeks. I love soft blushy pinks but find them difficult to wear — and I have very few pink garments. I may have to cheat and consider jewelry, lips, and fingernails.

  30. January 12, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    Loved seeing evreyone in their coats; after-all, I spend a lot of time in my coats here in the NE. as I was taking a break from blogging, I missed this one! But I am back now so you next time~xoxo

  31. January 12, 2014 / 4:35 pm

    So many gorgeous coats! I’m trying hard not to be too envious, but there is so much here for me to covet. Your raspberry one is pretty close to the top of my list, too!

  32. January 12, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    I love coats! There are so many great ones here to see that I am getting coat envy. I’m feeling a trip to the shops coming on! I love the style and colour of your coat, Adrienne and your hat looks perfect with it 🙂

  33. January 13, 2014 / 8:22 am

    I love coats to and you get so much wear out of them it’s great I would wear loads of those coats xx

  34. January 17, 2014 / 5:48 am

    I love coats too and here are a great catalogue!!!



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