If you live in a country with real winters, sooner or later you develop a coat obsession. As the cold settles in and you have to bundle up wearing smart and stylish winter coats is just a must. I mean most people you bump into will be seeing you in this piece so making a good impression is a must. Here is a few of my favourite styles this season.
This first coat is a classic navy double breasted coat by H&M. It goes past the knee and is on trend as longer coats have dominated the market this year. I am particulary loving H&M's coats this year specially from their premium collection as some of them are made from Italian wool and price ranges from $150-$190 considering most of them are 80% wool and up.
If you already have your basic black coat then look no further than this brown coat from Zara. A little darker than camel but still very flexible then this one is for you. I love the slightly oversized sleeves which are perfect with all the chunky sleeve sweater that are popular today. There is no worse feeling than squeezing your arms in a wool coat that would not accommodate a chunky sweater.
This Aritzia Sian coat is one of their staple styles that every time I see someone wearing I just can't help fall involve with. It's cut like a robe but with rounded lapels that are softer and more feminine. The length is also not too long which would suit petite and curvy girls who would like more definition in the waist area with it's nice wide tie belt. The olive is also a flattering color for a variety of different skin tones. The beauty of this color is it almost works like a neutral you can wear it with black, greys, creams and navy.
Soia and Kyo is one of those brands I am consistently in love with from year to year. They just know how to get it right plus anyone I know who owns their coat swears by their quality. This piece is would buy now if I haven't blow my winter clothing budget trying to replace all my worn out sweaters . Definitely will keep my eyes on this just in case it goes on sale for Boxing Day. I love the length and how simplistic the design lines on it is but it just works. You can elevate a simple jean and sweater outfit with this piece. And the fur trim is s nice addition to keep your neck warm.
Last but not the least is this beautiful handmade color blocked coat by San Francisco designer Mute by JL. I discovered them from one of the people I follow on instagram and instantly fell in love with the fun colours and different cuts that they feature in their pieces. Definitely a brand to follow for your next investment piece.
Let me know in the comment section which one was your favourite. Or who your favourite coat designers are?
Cullotes are derived from the French word culot which literally meant the lower half of a thing- the word was first associated with breeches for men which is not like the culottes you know today they were those knee length shorts that tapered in at the knee and were worn as part of military uniforms all throughout Europe in the 18th Century. Fashion terms become confusing at times because this term was also used for split skirts and women's underpants.
Today this word is used to classify bottoms that are split and hangs like a skirt. Wide leg and airy this pant in the opposite of the skinny jeans and leggings we have seen gain popularity and traction a few years back.
I love the freedom and comfort they bring. I don't feel like I constantly have to do squats every morning so as to look great in my skinny jeans and leggings. They also look great with mules which is another trend piece that I am obsessed with. For me culottes are an all year round item I will definitely be wearing mine with boots and wool socks to still be weather appropriate especially with the cold winters we get in Canada or cropped leggings underneath for an extra layer of warmth.
I wear mine with just about everything. My favourite is with a turtle neck sweater that is a little bit oversized. You can wear it tucked in or loose. I have always followed the rule of 1 fitted garment and 1 loose garment as a rule of thumb but for some reason there is just something so chic about wearing flowy pieces together. A statement shoe also helps bring the look together. For people who are new to wearing a wide leg pant I recommend trying ankle length culottes with not as wide of a bottom as the ones I'm wearing here, This way you can ease into the transition easier. I also love wearing ankle boots with them and I know a lot of people who are always looking for pants that work with their favourite ankle booties specially if it has little bit of heel like the ones I'm wearing in these photos. The beauty of culottes is there is so much variation in fits and styles that you can find one for every body type.
For example for curvier girls with a small waist I recommend high waisted styles like these ones from H&M.
You can also find them in a variety of colours, fabrics and patterns to suit everyones taste and budget. It is also an easy piece to work from day to night. I would wear it casual with white sneakers for running around and a pointy toe pump for evening. Lastly it is also a piece you can wear to a business casual environment with a blouse or blazer. See this loft piece below which looks great with a blouse tucked in. Change the shoes into a closed toe shoe and you're ready to go.
If you're looking for a trend piece to inject new life into your wardrobe look no further than the culottes. I must warn you tho that once you have worn them you might not want to go back to your skinny jeans ever again...
Here is a few of my favourite costumes seen on Instagram! Be ready for the ooh's and ahh's.I love how Halloween brings the playfulness out of everyone young and old.
*all photos linked to owners Instagram pages
How cute is this bear costume which perfectly mimics the dogs natural hair color.
Another classic and one of the condiments always present in my fridge you can never go wrong with a Sriracha costume. Might have to get this for my dog next year.
Another great family costume idea from Jillian Harris. Especially love how nacho is a pirate!
Not to be replaced as queen of Halloween Heidi Klum Honours Michael Jackson with a Teen Wolf costume.
Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson as GOT's Daenarys and Drogo.
Instead of the ever popular Starbucks unicorn frappe why not have you and bae dress up as BOBA Tea.
And last but not the least @kcstauffer MIla and Emma looking fabulous as Marilyn and Holly Golightly. They also have several other great costumes so go and check their Instagram for your daily dose of cuteness!