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The Big Chill

Arctic cold temperatures are plaguing most of the country this week and with high temperatures in the single digits forecast for my hometown all I can think about is bundling up! Lucky for me (or perfect timing with the January chill) I just received a Patagonia catalog in the mail. Patagonia is in the business of keeping people warm, dry and cozy in harsh conditions. They apply super smart technology coupled with extensive testing in arctic conditions to create perfect outwear. You can check out their full line for men and women on their website at www.patagonia.com.

Here are few of my faves:

Women’s Nano Puff Pullover: I am ordering this today to wear as an under layer when I am in the barn working my horse on cold days. It is water and wind proof and efficiently traps and hold in heat while being extremely lightweight.

Women’s Fiona Parka: Don’t let cheap imitations fool you, there is no better puffy coat on the market than this one. It has no-compromise, cold fighting insulation of 800 fill power goose down and is wind and water proof while being extremely light weight and easy to wear. It also has princess seaming in the back and front so it gives this puffy shape a feminine fit. It will keep you warmer than a fur coat without the cruelty of wearing fur.



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Coat Check

The farmer’s almanac is predicting a numbing winter with below average temperatures for 2/3 of the country as well as average to above normal winter precipitation. That cold news coupled with below average temps in my home town has got me searching the web looking for a great new coat.

Lucky for me and you, designers must have predicted a colder than usual winter too, when they began dreaming up their fall/winter collections because unique statement making coats appear far and wide. There are so many great styles, colors and shapes that there is no reason to be left out in the cold.

A few of my faves that will keep you warm and stylish.

This Alice + Olivia coat gets mega style points as well as functional points for its big collar that will keep the chill out. Available at www.shopbop.com.

Make a statement in this military inspired super chic winter white coat with silver details. It also has a bit of spandex which gives it great shape while allowing you the freedom of movement that you sometimes don’t get with other coats. Available at www.whitehouseblackmarket.com.

This Nanette Lepore coat balances feminine styling with great structure creating a truly beautiful coat that will dress up any outfit. Available at www.shoptwigs.com.

One can not mention great coats without including one from J. Crew the arbiter of stylish pea-coats. This one has a vintage parisian feel with a dramatic fold over collar. Available in great colors at www.jcrew.com.

This sweater sleeve coat brings you the coziness of a pullover cable sweater and the warmth of a wool coat. It is the perfect coat to wear on the weekends with jeans and boots giving you a casual, trendy style. Available at www.anthropologie.com.

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Top Ten Trends for Fall-Statement Coats

Designers must be anticipating a cold winter because statement coats were all over the runways. So, this season instead of buying a boring basic coat opt for one that stands on its own with a unique color or print or special detailing. Vintage looking faux fur coats will add a kick to you closest and score points for coolness. Not only will a statement coat keep you warm it will look extremely fashionable in the process.


Alice & Olivia

Michael Kors

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