Wednesday, January 11, 2017


The snow and record-breaking temperatures in Richmond this week have shown me that heavy coats are going to be a staple for a while.  We'll warm up a little from time to time, but for the most part, we will be out and about, showing off our wool-wear until Spring decides to spring.

By now, y'all know that cold weather isn't my favorite.  Sure, I don't like being cold to my core, but it's not just that.  You probably also know that I LOVE CLOTHES!!!  And I don't particularly like hiding behind a big ol' puffer coat for months on end.  I do, of course, own a slightly puffy jacket for very casual times, but I like to show a bit of style, even when all you can see is my outerwear.  I've rounded up some cold-weather coats that aren't boring, basic, or the least bit 'bominable (snowman).

If you're looking for something classic that will work for any occasion, from running errands to a night on the town, here are a couple of camel options:

Uniqlo Wool Blend Tailored Coat

Another totally classic, never going out of style workhorse is a simple black peacoat:

Macy's - Calvin Klein Wool Cashmere Peacoat

Perhaps you want to take a bit of a fashion risk and try a more trendy style!  I was super excited to receive this updated twist on a classic black coat from Tobi, and I'm so glad the temperatures are above freezing (finally) so that I can wear it again:

Tobi - Madison Avenue Wool Cocoon Coat

There's no reason you have to stick to black or camel, though, especially when there are so many beautiful colors and patterns to be had!

And don't think that all cute coats are new coats!  Make sure to take a peek around your local vintage, consignment, and thrift stores for beautiful coats at great prices!  I found this wool plaid number at Indigo Avenue consignment, here in RVA:

It's nice to have the opportunity to consider fashion in these frigid temperatures.  Many people don't have that luxury, and many don't have a coat at all.  When you're updating your wardrobe or thrifting for a "new" coat, please consider donating an old one (or buying an extra to donate) to a local shelter or charity.  I know that Housing Families First is always accepting gently worn coats of all sizes, and Goodwill is always an option.  If you're in Richmond, and you'd like to donate coats, but you can't find the time, let me know.  I'll swing by and pick them up for donation.  

Stay warm!

As a personal stylist and personal shopper in Richmond, VA, I strive to make wardrobe choices clear and easy for women who are short on time, overwhelmed by their closets, or transitioning from one period of life to another.  Let's connect!  


  1. How does the size run in the Tobi coat? I'm a size 8 so typically wear a medium--but sometimes have to go to a large due to shoulders/chest.

  2. Amy--I ordered my typical size Small, and I feel like I have plenty of room. It's such a cape-like shape-not really very fitted-so it's pretty generously sized. I'd stick with a Medium. ��

  3. lovely coat, last one is my favorite.

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