The WRUW Girl’s Guide to Outerwear

I think I can speak on behalf of every northern gal when I say that it is truly an accomplishment when I can be warm outside without totally looking like a marshmallow. I know resulting to the calf-length parka can be the easiest and most practical choice when it’s below forty degrees, however, I challenge all you WRUW girls to not give in to the unflattering parkas so easily. Say it with me now… Be better than the parka!

We’re fortunate enough to live in a time when oversized coats are extremely in fashion right now. Every it-girl from Gigi Hadid to Selena Gomez has been seen rocking them, which naturally makes me develop an obsession with them. Therefore, here’s your how-to guide for rocking this winter’s most stylish outerwear.

Style #1: The Longer, the Better

Long wool coats are very chic this time of year, thus making them a must-have for maximum warmth. In coats that have such a large amount of fabric, the tie-waist is an essential because it makes sure that your body’s shape is somewhat accentuated, instead of simply looking lost amongst all the wool. Be sure to keep your eyes open for this coat in shades of light grays, pinks and camel this season.

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Style #2: Fur For Days

In complete opposition to the wool coat’s waist accentuation, fuzzy, shapeless coats are also a major trend this season. These definitely have a more fun feel to them, and can even be incorporated into outfits so that you don’t have to take them off. In addition, these are perfect for those bulky sweater days. You won’t even have to worry about looking like a marshmallow because they’re supposed to be oversized. One word of caution: I recommend purchasing these in darker, more slimming colors like black or navy blue since they are already so fluffy.

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Style #3: Love That Leather

Leather has been a major trend for quite some time now, and it’s nice to see that it is still as popular as ever. One way to spice up your outerwear this winter is to have leather accents on places like the sleeves, neckline or hem to make your coat just a touch more edgy. Unlike the fur jacket above, the leather accents will cause the coat to be more form fitting, so I don’t recommend wearing these types of jackets when you’re layering multiple pieces or wearing bulky sweaters. Black is definitely the most popular color when it comes to this trend; however, I have seen colored coats, i.e. gray or pink, with black leather accents on them, so don’t be afraid to get creative.

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Written by: Bethany Stokoski