Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 11:13PM
Autumn may be in the air, but as sure as Barneys Warehouse Sale, blustery winter is just around the corner. What? In February you'll be frolicking at Carnival in Rio, dancing the samba, and wearing nothing more than some strategically placed plantain leaves and a headdress?? Lucky you! You can wait for the bikini post. But for all those who must brave the winter this year--you can stick around.
It doesn't matter how stylish an Everyday Glamour Chick's, (E.G.C.'s), outfit is in the dead of winter if her coat's not up to par. Because that's what most people will see on her--it's the coat and the golden trifecta, (shoes, handbag, & hair).
Instead of launching into a prolonged discourse on the merits of plunking down mucho dinero on one perfect winter coat that goes with everything, let me just say this: You'll never find it. You need three. Don't get mad! Ok, ok, to be honest, you don't really need three winter coats, but it's sooo much nicer when you do have them.
You need three winter coats. One dark, neutral basic coat, one lighter neutral coat, and one show-stopper. Relax. You don't need to buy them all at once, and you don't have to have mucho dinero either. A wardrobe is not built in a day!
Look for that perfect dark, neutral basic coat that goes with almost everything. For most E.G.C.'s, this means black. This coat is the one you'll be spending a little more dinero on than you'd like to. Expect to pay 30% more for the coat than you want to pay. It'll be a stretch to buy. Beyond quality, warmth, and functionality, the most important consideration is shape. The shape of the coat needs to be in harmony with the shape of the E.G.C. Look at it this way, how does a very curvy E.G.C. look in a boxy winter coat? Not so great, right? She looks better in a coat with some waistline emphasis, perhaps even with a belt, correct? What about an E.G.C. whose shoulders are broader than her hips, does she look good in a double-breasted coat with epaulettes? NO! That style is for the E.G.C. with narrower shoulders and wider hips. Broad shouldered E.G.C.'s look better without the epaulettes and extra rows of buttons. Next, consider the length. To the knee is a safe choice. Taller E.G.C.'s can get away with longer coats, however.
Time to find your lighter neutral-colored coat. Usually this means, navy, grey, brown, camel, or even white. The Stage 2 coat doesn't necessarily have to be a solid color, and it doesn't have to be so basic, either. The lighter neutral color and the extra design details make this an interesting new coat to break you out of your winter coat doldrums. It's like a dash of cumin--adding some flavor, but not welcome every day. This one you can wait to find on discount. Be open to trying different things on. And your mantra is shape, shape, shape!!
It's time to find your show-stopper!! Find something that stands out in a crowd. How about red? Or leopard? Or metallic? If the Stage 2 coat is like cumin, the show-stopper coat is like habanero sause! An occasional dash to shake things up! The main thing to look for is your gut reaction when you put it on. The reaction should be, "WHOA! HOT!!" Needless to say, you'll be getting this one on double markdown. And don't forget the mantra: shape, shape, shape!!