An important part of my winter wardrobe capsule was of course the coat.

There are so many beautiful coats I could have chosen!

In the end I opted for a simple but very distinctive coat by Zara. I did not want to spend a lot of money as I just don’t spend enough time in winter clothes, but at the same time wanted something fun, warm, comfortable and NOT black.

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I did not need a super warm coat and I wanted one that would look good with both pants, skirts and a dress. Plus it had to be an easy color to match with all my clothes.

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I was very attracted to the longer wrap around coats but found them quite overwhelming. I felt that this coat was a great alternative. Not too long or bulky with a nod to the wrap-around trend and of course a bit of asymmetry.

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It has proven to be a good choice. I was able to wear this coat with almost all of the clothes in my winter capsule. Even my black blazer fitted comfortably underneath.

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The only issue was with my bulky sweaters, but you would really need a cape for that as they both have dropped shoulders so are difficult to fit within normal coats. When I wore my bulky sweaters, the poncho and blanket scarf came in really handy.

Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.

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Your Challenge!

Show me how you wear your favorite or most versatile coat! Do you wear it with different outfits? Do you mix it with different scarves? Even though we all love our practical black coats in winter, it would be great to see some looks with non-black coats.

Want to show me and all the other women in our community your looks? Upload them to the private Facebook forum (style course members only), the 40+Style Facebook page or add a link to your photo in the comments below. If you managed to assemble your own capsule wardrobe, I’d love to see images of that also.

I look forward to seeing your outfits!

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Outfit Details

Black Skinnies: COS (old)
Cream skinnies: Zara (old)
Faux leather skirt: Zara
Blanket scarf: Zara
Silk scarf: present from Suzanne Carillo
Grey coat: Zara
Dress: Porto c/o GetDressed2
Leggings (worn as tights): Uniqlo
Cream corduroy pants: Zara
Shoes: Laura Bellariva

Which is your favorite current coat? Did you buy a new one for this season?


Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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