How To Style A Coat For Winter Weather-Women Over 50

Hello, Darlings!

Today we are going to talk about how to style a coat for winter weather. Baby it is COLD outside! Unfortunately, I have to go out in it. No staying home in front of the fireplace this week. My daughter Anna has a huge decorating job in Atlanta next week and needs my help (and company) while she checks out some furniture piece.

How To Style A Coat For Winter Weather

How To Style A Coat For Winter Weather

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How To Style A Coat For Winter Weather-Start With The Base Layer

How To Style A Coat For Winter-Let the coat be the star!
Let the coat be the star! Leopard print coat (sold out) with New Day Plaid Scarf From Target

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Start With A Base Layer

Your base layer should be comfortable (not bulky) and you need to look good in it if or when you take your coat off. For my base layer, I started with dark denim jeans in a bootcut. If I was wearing taller boots, I could wear a more jegging or straight cut jeans and tuck it in my boot.

By now you should know my favorite jeans are the Wit And Wisdom Itty Bitty Absolution Jeans. They are a Nordstrom exclusive brand and come in dark denim and black (I have both). For jeggings, I have the Secret Stretch Jeggings by Chicos. These are easy to get on and off and to wear with my taller boots.

Chico's stretch jeggings are great to wear if you want to tuck your jeans in your taller boots
Chico’s stretch jeggings are great to wear if you want to tuck your jeans in your taller boots

You can also choose a great Ponte knit pair of pants for a dressier look. These are the Secret Stretch Pull-On Bootcut and will be a wardrobe basic. They come in regular, short, and tall.

Boot cut Ponte knit pants from Chicos are perfect for comfort and to "level up" your style.
Boot cut Ponte knit pants from Chicos are perfect for comfort and to “level up” your style.

How To Style A Coat For Winter Weather

I love my hot pink coat (several years past). This year’s pinks are much more muted and softer.

***all of these coats come in a soft pink

Next, Add A Top

Because comfort is key and the coat is the star, we want the top to be simple. I like to pull from my wardrobe basic tops. Tops with a v-neck, scoop, or drape are the most flattering. You can choose a color in the coat, or go black. Black is my favorite for slimming by creating a column of color. You can do this with navy, and dark gray.

I recently added several of the Karen Scott Cotton 3/4 Sleeve Scoop Neck tops from Macy’s (always find a sale or coupon)

How To Style A Coat For Winter- Start With A Comfortable Top
Scoop neck tops are a great addition to your wardrobe basics

As the weather gets colder choose the Coolmax Turtleneck from Chicos. I have several of these in my closet. I really like the weight and fabric. It is designed to wick moisture away and keep you more comfortable.

How To Style A Coat For Winter Weather- Add A Scarf

How To Style A Coat For Winter Weather- Add A Scarf
Black leather coat with a bold pink plaid print from Cato (sold out)

Black leather, faux leather, suede, faux suede, vegan suede…. so many choices and all stylish. Comfort is key when choosing a leather jacket

Similar Pink Plaid Scarf From J Crew Factory

Whether your coat is leather, wool, solid or print, a scarf is a great accessory to add to give your outfit that finishing touch. A scarf allows you to easily take off your coat and still have a complete outfit.

Worried about mixing prints? Don’t be! Animal prints are the “new neutral” and go with anything. Trying being bold and mix an animal print with a plaid.

Worried about mixing prints? Don't be! Animal prints are the "new neutral" and go with anything.  Trying being bold and mix an animal print with a plaid.

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How To Style A Coat For Winter Weather- Pick A FABULOUS Coat

I don’t get the opportunity to wear coats much. Here in Alabama, the weather doesn’t get cold often so when it does, I like to style my coats and have fun. Just added this Aurora Topper from Soft Surroundings to my closet. It made like a thick sweater but wears like a coat. Perfect for those fall days when you need something but not a heavy coat.

Aurora Topper from Soft Surroundings in a fall plaid

Maybe Your Coat Is A Raincoat?

Here in Alabama, our December weather is usually rainy. November and December are our wettest months so a cute raincoat is more likely to be pulled out of my closet. Add a great colorful scarf and this raincoat is a complete outfit.

You can get inexpensive pashmina scarves on Amazon. They come in a wide variety of colors. Pick some of your favorites to add to your wardrobe. A simple red scarf takes this all ready FABULOUS trench coat to the next level.

Pashmina style scarf from Amazon comes in 45 different colors.

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How To Style A Coat For Winter Weather- Don’t Forget The Finishing Touches

We are trying to “level up” our look so finishing touches are important. Earrings, necklace, scarf. gloves if needed all give your outfit a complete look. Oh, and a FABULOUS pair of sunglasses will have everyone thinking “Who is this stylish lady?”

I have found that when I “level up” my wardrobe I get better attention from sales associates. People just take you more seriously and are willing to give you extra attention. Have some holiday shopping to do? Style your coat so you will feel FABULOUS!

About Nifty 50 Fabulous

Embracing and loving the life of an empty nester, I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger currently living in Birmingham, Al. I enjoy spending my time with friends and family including my sweet miniature schnauzers Gracie and Emma.

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