Warm Winter Coats For This Season

The white winter we’ve all been dreaming of has finally arrived— and it’s in full, snowy force.  Many warm-weather natives arrived at Northwestern expecting soft, billowing snow, mugs of hot chocolate, and fuzzy earmuffs. Meanwhile, cold-weather veterans know what a Midwest winter really means: single digit temperatures and an icy wind chill.  Staying warm doesn’t have to mean bundling up in moth-ball-infested sweaters and larger-than-life puffy down coats.  Here are a few ways to keep your winter outerwear cute and current:
 
1.   Perhaps this year’s biggest trend: tea-length bubble coats.  Delivering head-to-calf warmth, this plush down coat is perfect for facing those blustering winds on long walks to class.  Pair with a fur-trimmed hat for a cute, Eskimo inspired look. Try this look from the North Face.

 
2.  Experiment with a bold color or pattern to stand out amongst a sea of white.  Fashion all-stars such as Kate Middleton, Jessica Simpson, and Leighton Meester have been spotted wearing bright red coats this winter.  Make it your own by choosing mustard yellow, midnight blue, fuchsia, or— if you’re feeling really bold— an animal print. You can find this bright mint coat at asos.com!

 
3. Fur details spice up any simple coat.  Look for olive greens, creamy caramels, and basic ivory colors to accompany the natural palette of fur.  Pair with bold boots to keep it interesting. Check out this furry look from Hollister!

 
4.  Always chic, classic trenches and pea coats will never go out of style.  Mix it up with different fabrics to put a new twist on this old trend. “Tweed has been really popular this winter,” said Meghan Bailey, a manager at Crossroads Trading Co. Forever 21 has coats like this trench.

 
5.  Simple, sophisticated and stylish, a military-inspired coat is a great way to amp up your inner fashionista.  A high collar adds warmth, while brassy buttons add detail to this minimalistic look.  Cinch with a contrasting belt to accentuate your waist and add an extra ‘oomph.’ This military look is from Asos.com

Stay warm collegiettes!