Grown-Up Coats

Good coats are wasted on Florida weather. For years I avoided the investment because we sunshine-staters rarely have an occasion to wear them; but once in a blue moon, some formal event pops up on cold evening and your coatless self is left with two options: 1.) Grin and bare it (there’s nothing chic about chattering teeth); or 2.) Cover up that cocktail dress with your denim jacket from the Gap.

This year I decided it was time to address the coat deficit in my closet, since a 30 year old should probably have appropriate outerwear that she didn’t find on a clearance rack in the juniors department during college. I bought this Via Spiga wool blend trench on Hautelook for less than $100 at the start of the season, and followed it up shortly after with a black Vince Camuto number.


Via Spiga coat
Cynthia Rowley silk floral tank (Marshall’s)
AE hi-rise jeggings
I.N.C. navy suede pumps
Hobo ‘Lauren’ clutch wallet

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  1. 3.12.15
    Renee D. said:

    Love that coat! Gorgeous!

  2. 2.20.15
    nihalaq said:

    That coat is so simple and chic – and the color is very pretty! Unfortunately, unlike you sunshine-staters, coats in NYC are a must for at least seven months straight, but there are endless style options!

  3. 2.4.15

    I am a totally coat-obsessed Floridian! I grew up in the northeast and while I don’t miss the cold, I can’t stop drooling over every damn coat on the internet right now. Love the one you picked!

  4. 2.3.15

    I am in love with that entire outfit<3

  5. 2.2.15

    I love this coat! I have it in a black & purple plaid design. Wear it almost everyday and on weekends, it is so versatile!

  6. 1.30.15
    kaley said:

    Love that coat! It is so on point with the wine/burgundy that we’re seeing this season! Love it :)



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  7. 1.28.15

    A pretty penny this coat is absolutely adorable! I love the color, it’s super rich, and the length is perfect for our winters here in Florida and it adds a tailored look to any ensemble. There’s nothing wrong with a cute investment as such every once in awhile, especially for that price!

  8. 1.28.15

    Love the images you post – so pretty – have nominated you for a lovely blog award – congrats

  9. 1.27.15

    Love the coat and overall look! How are you liking the high-rise denim thing? I have yet to try some on. They look great on you!

  10. 1.27.15

    I love the cranberry color of your coat. Definitely agree with quality over quantity.

  11. 1.27.15

    Such a great coat choice! Quality over quantity when it comes to coats!

  12. 1.27.15

    Classy. I like the look. We also lived in Miami, FL because in 1997-2001, and that was also my dilemma.

  13. 1.27.15
    anaarra said:

    That coat is perfection!

  14. 1.27.15
    lindsaybb said:

    A fellow Hobo Lauren fan! I’m on my second… :)

  15. 1.27.15

    These types of coats are my favorite. They are so classy and pretty 😍

  16. 1.27.15

    I’m unashamed to confess that I’m a total coataholic. Fortunately, I live in a place that gets plenty of winter weather, but not *so* much winter weather that my coat has to look like a sleeping bag. I like yours. Such a pretty merlot! :)

  17. 1.26.15

    Love this!!

  18. 1.26.15
    Cash said:

    Reblogged this on Come Listen Guys 💙.

  19. 1.26.15

    That’s a great colour for a coat. I only have 2 at the moment – a red and an olive green. It doesn’t get quite cold enough in Sydney to wear them constantly but I do manage to pull them out for a night or 2 in winter :)

  20. 1.26.15

    I love your blog and I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!
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  21. 1.26.15
    Style-Lee said:

    You pulled it off so nicely!

  22. 1.26.15
    nyrmirez said:

    That is a beautiful color for a coat.

  23. 1.26.15
    Amy said:

    such a lovely coat

  24. 1.26.15
    Mel said:

    pretty coat! Love that color

  25. 1.26.15

    Beutifull color!!I love this outfit!!

  26. 1.26.15

    Love the outfit. Coat clour is to die for:)

  27. 1.26.15

    That is so true. FL is only cold when it’s inconvenient!

  28. 1.26.15

    I love a good coat much more than the weather needed to wear it! Love the color of your coat, I have a similar one and it’s super versatile. I bow down to your shoes, though! TOO CHIC.

  29. 1.26.15

    Beautiful color! I have beige, navy, green, gray and black coats but not a burgundy one! I need to go shopping now!

  30. 1.26.15

    I love this outfit! and that coat is perfect! Jessx

  31. 1.26.15

    ^ Sucks even more the further south you live, haha

  32. 1.26.15

    That is such a cute coat. You make a great choice! I did the same thing two years ago. I think I’ve worn it twice in said two years, but so worth the investment. It is a similar style to yours, yet bright red. The deeper red/burgundy color is gorgeous though. Boo to living in the sunshine state and not getting to wear our cute coats often.