How to Rock the Statement Coat for Wardrobe Versatility

Statement jackets are big right now, adding visual interest to your look in a season when you’re often bundled up and spicing up your everyday attire in a flash. Get into the sprit of accessorizing with coats and jackets for different styles, from sophisticated nightwear to business casual. Take inspiration from celebs who know how to look put together at all times and how to blend their outerwear and jackets into their overall style with grace and vision.

The Business Coat: You’ve got an all-day meeting that requires you to look nice, followed by dinner with your man. The meeting demands that you look professional and put together, but you also want to look nice for your date. Try a sleek pair of high-waisted trousers in a wool or tweed or a slim pair of cigarette pants, paired with a fancy tank or blouse. You can add a little ruffles or sequins to jazz it up, or try a long statement necklace that makes you feel girly and special. Add on a sophisticated two-button blazer that covers your flair and pulls together the outfit. Leave your jacket buttoned up for work, then unbutton it for your date. Check this Olivia Palermo ensemble. Isn’t that pretty perfect?

Olivia Palermo Photo

The Statement Coat: Statement jackets aren’t everyday wear, but they do make you feel pretty special and can complement your style for casual attire and work wear. The undisputed queen of this style is Kate Middleton. Fashion blog What Kate Wore curates the Duchess’s outfits for fashion inspiration and general gawking. Kate often appears in a coat dress, and isn’t afraid to wear classic tartans, houndstooths and plaids. She keeps these fabrics from looking boring, however, by pairing them with high heels, fun pins and of course her dazzling smile. How gorge is this jacket? It’s all in the details, with exposed seams, a fringe trim and multiple panels. Here, Kate pairs the same coat with a sweet navy hat. This jacket may be Mission, but What Kate Wore reports that the Duchess purchased it at an outlet mall.

The Trench Coat: Part rain coat, part spring jacket, the trench coat is a timeless fashion must. Model Selita Ebanks shows how to work this look for everyday glamour. The key to rocking a trench coat is fit: Look for one that is tailored and hugs your curves, yet has enough give that you can wear it with a blouse or sweater underneath. A trench should fall above the knees; those that hit longer may make you look a bit short. Most models come with belts, but it looks like Selita’s doesn’t. Bite her style by pairing the trench with a short sheath or bandage dress or skirt, leaving the legs nude and wearing some power pumps. The gold clutch enhances the look; you can also try a fun scarf or a statement bracelet.

The Cape Coat: Cape coats have a soft, feminine, drapey feel that makes them totally flattering. The style was popular in the 50’s and 60’s and is having a bit of a retro-chic moment now. This style of jacket is basically a coat that doesn’t have arms, but instead features slits for you to put your arms through. Try a cape coat over skinny jeans and tall boots for a weekend warrior style, a la Iman.

With all of these styles, quality and fit are key. Pieces that are well put together, have delicate and even stitching, and made of natural materials like wool or cotton are your best investment.

About the Author: Danielle blogs on behalf of Sears and other brands she uses. She’s got her fingers crossed for a cape coat from her mom on her birthday this year. Read her work at

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