Let It Snow: Winter Outerwear 2011

The depths of December feel less dreary and more like a chance to sparkle with gorgeous outerwear, and this season’s array of shapes and detailing are nothing less. From rugged utilitarian anoraks to feminine capes, it’s the details that make every choice as fabulous as you are.

Creative Outerwear: Winter 2011

1. Winter-White Cape. Over the course of the past few seasons, the cape has shown surprising longevity. Neutrals offer the most classic option, and who would pass up a chance to flaunt in winter’s chicest color?

2. Sweater Coat. A sumptuous sweater coat will make you feel like you never left your bed, yet without sacrificing structure. Wear chocolate-brown leather gloves with this show-stopping magenta number, and it will hardly matter what you’re wearing underneath.

3. Fur Vest. Perfect for sipping cocoa by the fire après-ski – but something this gorgeous shouldn’t be confined to the cabin. Whether paired with an ivory cable-knit sweater and slim jeans or a a fitted knit dress, a sumptuous fur vest makes a surprisingly versatile winter wardrobe staple.

4. Practical Pea Coat. Spice up a classic shape with this pea coat in deep teal. Also referred to as a car coat, this short length is perfect for trips around town, in and out of the car. The rich hue makes the perfect backdrop for cozy accessories in both bright and neutral, like this charming sequined beret and grape leather mittens.

5. Luxe Utilitarian. The classic military anorak gets a chic makeover with a fur lining that extends into a wide collar, rendering remembering a scarf unnecessary. Minimalism in accessories lets the perfect blend of luxury and utilitarianism of this coat take center stage. This style is perfect for slushy, damp winter days, and its length completes its total functionality. Pair with fleece-lined, equestrian-style rain boots to play up the anorak’s refined ruggedness.

6. Timeless Trench. The trench coat has become so ubiquitous in any stylish woman’s closet, you’d think Thomas Burberry stole it from us. Although my heart forever rests with Burberry’s version, and this sharp gray wool variety, a multitude of brands have picked up this style well worth borrowing for an equally varied range of prices.  Pair any color or weight with a chic beret and leather gloves to complete the classic look that Audrey Hepburn made forever famous.

Shop It

FOSSIL long top
$88 – fossil.com

Burberry double breasted coat
£969 – farfetch.com

Alice by Temperley cropped vest
$487 – my-wardrobe.com

J Crew felt coat
$400 – net-a-porter.com

Wrap coat
£220 – julesb.co.uk

Alexon wool blend coat
£65 – houseoffraser.co.uk

CO OP Barneys New york
$895 – barneys.com

Mulberry napa glove
$175 – mulberry.com

Forzieri long opera glove
$126 – forzieri.com

All Saints cable hat
$80 – allsaints.com

Banana Republic leather glove
$70 – bananarepublic.gap.com

Johnstons wool knit glove
€26 – asos.com

Miss Selfridge beret hat
£10 – missselfridge.com

John Lewis Women camel hat
£15 – johnlewis.com

Felt Beret
$26 – zara.com

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