We already helped break down this season's biggest outerwear trends with our ultimate coat guide. Now that Fall's in full swing — and we're seeking a couple of new coats to round out our collection — we're revisiting our favorite styles with one key point in mind: keeping it all under budget. To make adding to our wardrobes that much more doable, we've scanned the marketplace for the standouts in cozy overcoats, pea coats, cocoons, and more — but we've kept it all under $150. Click through for the statement-making coats we're loving and love them all the more for their affordability.
Zoe Saldana made an easy ensemble super-chic with a few standout pieces. We love the buttery feel of her chocolate leather jacket ($144, originally $205) and the great standout collar. As a contrast, we'd layer a Springy button-down blouse underneath, then finish just the way Zoe did — with a cool pair of leopard-print pumps ($90) and the same DVF hobo. Just click the items above to shop a similarly casual-cool style.
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So what if it's not actually spring yet? Right now is the best time of the season to buy the best new spring dresses. For one thing, they're still in stock. For another, after all that winter-appropriate black, bright colors and lighter fabrics feel just perfect. We polled our favorite New York City boutiques to get their top picks for the upcoming season.
1. The Hasley From BB Dakota: "People are starved for color," says Ann French Emonts, owner of Greenwich Village boutique Darling. "I'm seeing loads of bright, solid colors in silk, especially green — jade green, kelly green, hunter green. And I still see a strong interest in the Mad Men look — whether a [size] 2 or a 10, people really love what I call the Peggy or Betty silhouette, which is fitted on top and goes into a pleated or full skirt. My favorite is the Hasley from BB Dakota ($110)." Darling, 1 Horatio St., 212-367-3750, darlingnyc.com
2. Rag & Bone Dress at OTTE: Sophia Hyacinthe's top pick is Rag & Bone's powerhouse "Lafone" beige-and-black dress, which is part of the shop's Runway Wish List collection. "This dress has three trends in one," says Hyacinthe. "It's sheer, which feels right for spring because it has a sweet and airy feel to it. Underwear-as-outerwear is another big trend for spring — here you can see that the top has a very bra-like look to it. And the strategic color block emphasizes and minimizes all the right things." The dress is $625 and will be available at Otte in mid-March. Otte, 121 Greenwich Ave., 212-229-9424, otteny.com; plus other locations
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Seasonal disaffective disorder hasn't set in just yet, but why not stave it off a little longer? Channel any traces of moodiness into a moody printed dress, which we spotted all over Fashion Week — as seen in the street snap above left. These patterns — varying from smoky swirls to abstract art prints — are dark but far from dreary. Peep our picks from Helmut Lang, BB Dakota, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and BCBGeneration, now.
Left to Street Style Snap, Helmut Lang Tryphid Silk Dress ($485), 3.1 Phillip Lim Asymmetrical Chiffon Dress ($750), BB Dakota Matson Abstract Print Dress ($85), BCBGeneration Printed Cap-Sleeve Dress ($49, originally $98)
Photo: Greg Kessler
You have statement jackets under control, but what about something to keep you cozy all Fall? Tobi has your solution. Right now, its selection of new sweaters is interesting, each slightly off-kilter, but still super comfortable. Want a little versatility via a cardigan with removable gloves? They got it. What about a sexy cowl that reveals your bra? Done. A tux cardigan suit your style? Step inside to see, and shop, them all.
Trust me — I am not a real fur fan. I have been a vegetarian for two thirds of my life. I think it can look cool, but I am obviously not a fan of taking an animal's life — even for fashion. So, with fur being a huge trend this season, I think it is important to have alternatives. Faux fur can look good and still allow real fur-conscious individuals to wear the trend.
I did a double take when I saw the reduced price tag on this BB Dakota Damon Leather Jacket ($90, originally $225), so you don't have to. Spending under $100 for a genuine leather jacket, especially when it looks this good, is a major score. If you've been fiending for a leather jacket sans the tough-chick vibe, this beauty might just be it. The draped front keeps it from looking too stiff, and the contrasting detail lends gorgeous depth.
When Milla Jovovich suited up for an event in Tokyo, she finished her look with a smartly tied scarf, aka not a man's tie. It's a kind of literal substitution, which makes it all the more playful — a sexy finisher for a masculine look. And, just the way a guy changes up his tie to fit the suit, feel free to mix and match with menswear-inspired separates; we like it styled best with boyfriend blazers and vests for something Fall fresh.
I love a little romance, especially when it's injected into a sweet look for day. Sassysweetheart's full mini and lacy top are the perfect pairing for something girlie, but just to build contrast, she threw on buckled heels and an edgy statement necklace. It's a little romance, a little bad romance.
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Quick! While Summer is still in sight, get yourself a crisp white skirt to frolic in the fields and on the streets. Whether you're into minis, maxis, boho styles, or chic twists, there's an adorable white skirt waiting to be worn by you. I envision these skirts looking especially divine with a cool denim shirt, earthy tan sandals or oxfords, and gorgeous gold bling. Then when Fall rolls around, make the look last by pairing your skirt with gray wool tights and booties.