How to Rock: The Bright Coat

The holidays are over and you’ve made it through the holiday season, all the office parties, and family shindigs. What to do now? Wait out the dull, winter days in anticipation of spring? If you’re trying to wait out winter, honey, you’ve got a couple of months to go. Why not try and make the cold, blustery days a bit more interesting with a fabulous, bright winter coat?

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It’s easy to wear black, brown, or navy during the winter months, and that’s fine, but before you decide to don the same old black sweater and black jeans, consider spicing up your outfit with a brightly colored coat! A bright coat is the perfect accessory to what may be a rather standard winter uniform. Winter fashion for 2014 dictates that outerwear must be as fabulous and head-turning as what’s inside the coat. And while we haven’t met a bright coat look we didn’t like, we’ve chosen the top 5 bright winter coat looks that are sure to help you beat the winter blues while you wait for spring to arrive.

Bright Coat+ Oversized Sweatshirt + Black Leggings

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Running around on your day off? Step out of the house looking casually cute in a mid-length bright coat, a sweatshirt, and black leggings. This is the perfect outfit for a quick trip to the grocery store or a simple short errand trip around town. Try it, you’ll like it.

Bright Coat + Little Black Dress

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I don’t know about you, but I like to make an entrance wherever I go. And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the little black dress (ladies, it’s a classic), you can revive it and give it a little oomph with an eye popping cover that’s sure to shield you shield you from the cold and have you looking magnificent at the same time.

Bright Coat + Dress + Booties

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Yes, this article is about the bright coat, but what’s better than one winter trend? Two! Some may consider this dress “simple,” but style it with this coat and leather booties and you’ve got yourself a hot little number that you can wear to happy hour, dinner, or wherever your heart desires. Try this look with a sweater dress if it a bit chill outside!

Bright Coat + Flirty Top + Skinny Jeans

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This ensemble is perfect for brunch with the girls or some Sunday afternoon window shopping. Not only is this look cute, but it’s comfortable and perfect for a weekend brunch with the girls or some Sunday afternoon window shopping. If your workplace has casual Fridays, be ready to pack an extra pair of heels in your workbag and head off to the weekend when the work week is through!

Bright Coat + Work Wear

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One of many mottos: when you look good, you feel good. Why limit the motto to only dressing for non-work occasions? Regardless of your work environment, you can definitely rock a bright coat over your work attire. Walk into the office feeling like a million bucks and get that promotion!

Lindsey Bynum  is a born and bred California girl with a passion for fashion. With prior experience in social media and pr, she has returned to her first love: Writing! She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes, teaches, styles, and lusts after pretty things.

7 Must Have Winter Fashion Trends

Long gone are the beach talks and the barbeque pool parties, your summer romance, and park-dates’ afternoons; when the sun starts to set a bit sooner than usual, and we obtain longer nights with colder evenings. With Winter in full swing, shopping and catching up with the latest fashion trends is a must. Putting away the short-shorts and the bathing suits, fall gives us a chance to explore the new trends and ideas.

This winter we experience shades of warmer tones like Burgundy, also known as Oxblood, Gray, and Pastels. We revive the feelings of the 90’s and let our style get a bit more rebellious. Keep reading for the Top 7 trends of the season, and items you must have in your closet. You don’t want to “fall” behind don’t you?

1.  Oxblood/ Burgundy

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This color exudes passion, and this fall is made even more dramatic with deeper, darker undertones.

2. The Riot Girl

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The smell of youth from the 90’s is back, letting our style show a rebellious statement even if we can’t. From the runway to the street, oversized layered clothing, slip dresses, beanies, comeback boots to plaid across all markets.

3. Embellishments

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Exuding a “back-off” attitude with all the embellishments’ are alive in the runway, given the garments a bold yet luxurious look this fall. An embellishment detail added on to the pockets, hems, collars or anywhere in the garment will give it a personalized look and will make you unique and give you a distinct look from the rest of the crowd.

4. Mixed Textures 

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The most fun trend of all! Playing with fabrics never got easier; normally you must choose one novelty fabric and stick to the basics. It’s time to cheat and look fabulous while doing it! Play with your silks, metallic, leather, lace and many more textures to create a great look. Create combinations that take you from day to night if you’d wish, while keeping warm at the same time, just make sure they are all within the same color palette.

5. Gray for Black?

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Seems like gray has found its way home this season. Going broad from hair wear to wool cocktail dresses, gray has expanded the trend. Designers this season have found yet a new way to portray cool contemporary looks by using different shades of grays into their color scheme.

6. All Pastel

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Stepping aside from the dark tones and shades, there is a more feminine look to the season.

7. Fur Coats

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And our favorite trend of all… The FUR Coat!

So, hit the stores Lovelies and get your dose of winter style!

Written by: Christy Baez Ghandi said that “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, however it is very important that you do it.” I enjoy long walks in the park on a windy day and the company of a good book every now and then. My only wish is to help those who are in need, even if it’s just putting a smile on a strangers face. I’m a lover of photography and fashion. I’m an undergraduate of the Art Institute of NYC majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. I’m a dreamer roaming the streets of life in new york city but at the end of the day I’m a 20 year old girl who is trying to conquer the world one step at the time while writing her story in between the lines.

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