Every other year, my husband and I embark on a cross-country plane trip to visit family in New Jersey – in December.
Despite having grown up in a region of the country that actually gets quite cold during the winter, living in the temperate climate of Southern California has given me a kind of “cold-weather-amnesia.”
“Sure, it’s cold in New Jersey – this denim jacket should be enough, right? Oh, it’s 16 degrees, you say? Um … so I’ll need my wool pea coat then?
It’s in the coat closet downstairs, behind the vacuum and the Swiffer. I think.”
My point: regardless of where you live, you probably need a couple of good coats. And not just boring, utilitarian coats – good, stylish coats.
So, when it comes to choosing a coat, here’s my advice: pick two.
1.) The first coat should be a neutral with good architectural features. But let’s re-think the word, “neutral.” Neutral does not automatically mean black or beige; in fact, neutral just means not brightly colored. So that dark green coat – it’s probably a neutral. Dusty mauve – probably neutral.
2.) Your second coat should have a bit more personality. That can mean it’s a fun, bright color or has an interesting pattern or some seriously eye-catching embellishment. It’s your go-to coat for special event, or when you just want to feel special.