Style Guide: Find Your Fall Coat

Picking the perfect coat to carry you through fall and winter is a serious matter. Ideally, you want something stylish, warm, office (or school) friendly and easy to wear. The best coats transcend trends. Like your favorite pair of jeans, a great coat must be something you can easily throw on at a moment’s notice and still feel fabulous. No questions asked. Personally, I’ve always loved coats with a more classic silhouette such as trench coats and peacoats. They are timeless and chic, warm yet sleek. However, this year I’ve also been loving retro styles and coats with a more relaxed structure (see “neutral” collage below). Needless to say, choosing the perfect coat is a tough task. The market is flooded with choices, making it difficult to commit. So what’s a girl to do when the mercury drops? Face the cold front with one of these classic yet stylish selections I’ve put together for you…

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Paper Crown Bluet Coat, Anthropologie Eastward Dress Coat, Topshop Textured Peter Pan Swing Coat, Tibi Embellished Wool Coat

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H&M Wool Coat, Topshop Flannel Trench Coat, Vanessa Bruno Wool Coat, Martin Grant Blend Coat

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Old Navy Canvas Trench, J.Crew Encore Trench, Anthropologie Fair Lady Trench, A.P.C. Gabardine Trench

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Wool-blend Peacoat, Maison Martin Margiela Peacoat, Victoria’s Secret Double-breasted Peacoat, H&M Plaid Coat

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Topshop Bound Seam Duffle Coat, Anthropologie Adare Anorak, Foley + Corinna Wool Toggle Coat, Quicksilver Height Hooded Coat

Which coat style are you? This year I think I’m leaning toward ladylike…

XO Lauren

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  • Anna James

    These jackets are amazing Lauren. I totally agree. They’re a fall must have. loving the trenches. great post.

    I wore a skirt from your Kohls collection on my my fashion blog today. I’m obsessed. Check it out. xo

    http://www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com/

  • I love coats, although it means it’s getting cold outside. I like the ‘ladylike’ most and ‘neutral’ too. Luckily I found my favourite coat last year. It’s very feminine, but you also can wear it on relaxed clothes. I love it.

  • Kellie Norton

    I love the lady like jackets, especially the one from Paper Crown :) but I’m a huge pea-coat fan!! Either way, I’m really excited about cold weather!!

  • Jessica Waldschmidt

    I have 7 or 8 coats so it really depends on what I’m wearing and where I’m going :)

    My favorite is a houndstooth black and white trench coat though. Love it!

  • Melissa Panici

    I’m definately for the Peacoat! I have one just like the black one! I really like ladylike as well:) Thanks for the tips!!

  • Jennifer Jupiter

    this year my bf bought me a beautiful foley + corrina wool coat. it has a detachable fur collar w/ a leather tie that criss-crosses & double wraps around your waist. & the best part is that it is lined in hot pink. truly one of the more gorgeous winter coats ive seen.

  • Lauren Hoffman

    I LOVE the fur lined toggle coat! I’m such a sucker for a great coat, I have tons and my collection isn’t going to stop growing any time soon!

    <3 Lauren

    http://eyeblinkfashion.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/tutorial-cheetah-jungle-nails/

  • Allie Emet

    I’m a neutral, trench, and toggle girl

  • Masha Tomc

    most def I LOVE the ladylike coats. but hey, wouldn’t mind a trench either. it’s a classic ;)

  • debora f

    i love this post lauren!!my favorite is peacoat Victoria’s secret

  • Ashley Dodge

    I can’t decide which one I am– however, I adore peacoats and have always wanted one. I have an adorable trench– a black and white one– so I’m covered there!

  • Dominika Pojtingerova

    I love trench coat! It

  • Janice Campbell

    They are all so cute! I love coats! They keep you warm & can make you look very stylish at the same time! I have a ladylike one & a peacoat, but I would love to get a toggle with the fur hood. It looks so nice & warm! :)

  • Cherie LaFlamme

    Omg Lauren! I love so many of these coats — I think my favorite collections are the Neutral and Ladylike. The Paper Crown and Tibi coats are to die for and would add glam to any outfit! Love love love!

    - Cher

    http://eyeblinkfashion.wordpress.com

  • Masha Tomc

    btw. I just found a long black coat (prob from the 70’s) that was my grandmother’s. and it fits. so excited to wear it this winter ;)))

  • Shellz

    cute coats! im a pea coat gal!

    http://www.shellzdoll.com/

  • Crystal-Lee Howley

    I am ALL about pea coats!

  • Spender

    I would say I’m not so much a toggle girl, but for everything else.. i’m in!!!! love them, thanks Lauren

  • Vanessa Turkel

    I have a black trench coat and another one also black that’s a bit uniform style with a high collar. I love my trench best though, it’s so comfy and it’s always chic and pronounces your curves well. I love the two in the middle on your pic, lovely :)

  • Kristin Albrecht

    I own a nice solid black peacoat, but I am loving the ladylike selection! I want a coat in a hot pink color. There is one at Nordstrom Rack for only $35 I highly reccommend Nordstrom Rack for chic, classic, and high quality coats.

  • Jessica Faulkner

    definitely ladylike – I am going to topshop tomorrow and buying that peter pan coat! glad i’m in london :)

  • Rachel Moltz

    The Peacoat route is always a safe, classic option. They never go out of style! But I really do like the Neutral coat with the belt. Fun!

  • Hanny R

    I just got my trenchcoat or aka raincoat at H&M. Been getting tons of compliments on it. I just like how simple it is but it puts a person look put together with it.

    Though for harsher weather I either go towards the peacoat or parkas (not listed)

  • Michelle Wong

    BEYOND LOVE LOVE LOVE anything with fake fur.. also the top black one with embelishments!… so cute!

  • Kad2013

    I just got the greatest Ladylike coat from H&M. But I am still drown toward the cargo long jacket in hunter green, for dress down!

  • Jennifer Sellen

    i’ve always wanted a trench coat… it gets so rain where i live and i wish i had a nice trench coat… but i’m always wearing my peacoat. its warm and thick and i love it. i also like the ladylike choices… those are cute too.

  • Alba Cuci

    Love the H&M coat, especially for the sweaters that have the thick sleves. Thanks Lauren.

  • Christine Indelicato

    I love the gray toggle w/ the fake fur:)

  • tinamarie

    hard to decide, i really like the ladylike coats, especially the anthropologie (:

  • Nathalia

    I just bought a fantastic cooked wool coat in soft grey. Its very ladylike and has some playful embellishment, that look so Jane Austen, I just had to get it. And its warm and its pretty, a seldom combination.

  • Afton Williams

    I seriously love these coats! I think I’d fall in the “”Neutral”” category–I love the draped grey trench… Beautiful selections!

  • Kimmy S

    Lovely picks! I adore the Trench coats you picked. And that Paper Crown lady coat is AMAZING. Thanks for sharing–now I gotta go buy me a coat!

  • Candice Maniga

    Maybe I’m just trying desperately to live an Audrey Hepburn-Holly Golightly lifestyle, but I think the trench coat is my fall coat for the year(:

  • Zoe g. Bullard

    I’m totally thinking toggle this season. My favorite brand for for fabulous coats on a budget is Tulle. They have amazing coats in every style and color, and most are under $150. http://tulle4us.com/Products/?grid=1&catid=18&sale=0&sid=0

  • Mariah Richards

    I live in a VERY cold climate, and I’m opting for FUR this Fall/Winter. “”D

  • Mariella

    love love the trench coat! soooo english!!

  • Silvia Ribeiro

    LOVED the ladylike coats! too bad here in brazil the cold is leaving now :P and even when it’s winter it rarely gets cold enough to put on a big coat. (actually, maybe it never does here in Rio.)

  • Kate Gallagher

    In cali these coats work, but in the dead of winter you have on a coat or a ski coat with 2 sweathshirts a t and whatever undergarments you can find. When it gets under 0 degrees its time to lock it up inside and not leave.

  • Efthymia Pavlopoulou

    The coat is a basic for every wardrobe. It is an investment…

    Last month I bought an amazing beige cashmere coat!!!!! I am looking forward for winter to come!!!!!!!

  • Kiwi

    Definitely peacoat! I already have one!!

  • Laura Salminen

    Definitely toggle! I have a similiar coat than the dark red one :)

  • Ashley H.

    love love the neutral h&m coat. didn’t see it on the US website though

  • samah AS

    i like the neutral. they look gorgeous!

  • Katia Gobbo

    Toggle!

    I love your fashion tips, please keep them coming!!!

  • Tasha Ball

    I have a red pea coat I’m obsessed with…But I don’t get to wear it as much as I’d like living in LA :(

  • Leah G.

    AHH. I live in probably one of the coldest climates ever, so even by fall I have to have an insanely warm jacket and no peacoat will do it. I just picked up this new fall jacket… you can click here to view it. SO warm!

    http://leahhg.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/warm-for-fall/

  • Georgina Hernandez

    TOGGLE!!!!!!!

  • Parisbluepizza

    Great selection…lady like and neutrals for me. :)

  • Megan Doran

    I’m with the Lady Like style. Huge Jackie O. fan :)

  • Janella Haf

    what i really want to have , is that coat you had with you when you were in lovely Paris ! that one is beautiful !

  • Marina Plessy

    neutrals 4me :)

  • Linda L.

    I generally go for the peacoats, but also have some ladylike pieces in a neutral color. Having a neutral definitely makes an outfit look more classy in my opinion and allows for my clothes under to be more bolder looking!

  • Monica Cunha

    My favourit coat is the ladylike, because they make a look very clean and sophisticated. But on the weekends Just to go shopping or have a walk in the park I usally wear the peacoat.

    I love coats… I have lots of them.

  • Kiwi

    Thanks so much for doing a coat post because I’m having touble finding new coats that look good but keep warm. Could you do a post for winter coats? Thanks!

  • Ankita Gohain

    Toggles and nuetrals for me!!

  • Amanda Kretchmer

    love these. I wear lady like neutrals.

  • Carly Nelson

    where can you get good quality coats for cheap in NY?

  • Ila Red

    Toggle, definitely.

    And sometimes peacoat.

  • Ashley McAllister

    Loooooove that Bluet Coat, ladylike definitely.

  • Mindee Krymer

    I am OBSESSED with coats. Every winter if my mom and I are out shopping, she knows to steer me clear of the coat sales or else I will buy all of them! BUT I am going to New York for New Years, so it looks like I have an excuse to invest in a few new ones! I am thinking a toggle coat….

  • Helen Le

    I am searching for a nice lady like coat this season. But I want it in an electric color like electric blue or purple. Even a coral pink would do.

  • mrsellieroop

    Peacoat coats are one of the most comfortable coats that you could possibly buy. JcPenney has a bunch for less than $100!

  • katie slocum

    Great suggestions. Thanks! I just found a really good deal at Old Navy for a leopard print peacoat. It was 50% off, which made it only $50! It’s still shipping but I let you know if it’s as good in person as it looks online.

  • Samantha Smart

    peacoat for sure, love the look with a scarf especially

  • Darlis Hernandez

    Love coats! My favorite trench but all of them are so beatifull!!!

  • juju

    im feeling more the peacoats,love the way they look (:

  • Melissa mould

    Love your selection! I have sooo many costs, ever fall there are more and more I want!

    Here’s my collection and favourite coats available now xx

    http://mediamarmalade.blogspot.com/2011/11/winter-warmers.html

  • krisss

    i like toggle:P

  • Katjusha Bricman

    ladylike and peacoat, depends on how I feel.

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