“The Redcoats are coming!”
We all know that this is what Paul Revere shouted as he rode into Boston on his horse when announcing the arrival of the British. Few people know that this is what I shouted while examining the fall runway photos last spring.
Another thing that we all know is that red is making a comeback, especially on lips. With the revival of the feminine lady of the 1940’s (see the Miu Miu F/W 2011), it’s no surprise that the color red, with all its bright, fun girly-ness is tagging along for the ride. The problem with red is that it’s so loud that many people are afraid to wear it in large quantities. Our fellow Chictopians aren’t afraid of colorblocking neons, so I hope to God that you all are red-dy (oh how I love puns!) to rock this trend like you are paid to do it, which I bet some of you are. The best way to go all out crimson on us in these cold winter months is to buy a red coat. Coats are the best way to look smashing whilst (unfortunately) covering up all those strategically layered pieces underneath your outerwear. If you’re going to invest in a new jacket this season, these are the ones to be buying:
THE ANKLE GRAZER:
INSPIRATION: Alexander McQueen
This man was just a genius. There’s no way he was from this planet. The McQueen coat is the one in the main photo, and as you can see, it’s pretty intense. It’s like a ‘60s version of Hagrid’s cloak, but better. There’s some fur at the collar, nice little black cuffs—but note that all of the embellishments are very simple. My advice for wearing a floor-length red coat is to keep the silhouette uncomplicated and the other details minimal to avoid looking clownish. The proportion and color could easily make you look like a circus runaway.
LOOK FOR LESS: It’s difficult to find a cheaper version because it’s so unique, but if you’re willing to pay for a McQueen coat, I will worship you forever. There is one from ASOS that’s not quite the same, but still pretty out there. It’s the ASOS Fit and Flare Coat with Frill Back for $119.50.
THE MID-THIGH LENGTH COAT:
The same way McQueen made his red jacket such a simple standout piece, the crimson coat from Lanvin is like its younger sister. It’s shorter and got some more details (are those zippers I see?), but the coat here doubles as a dress. Sometimes it’s just too much work to put on real clothes in the morning, am I right? Throw on a statement necklace and a wide brim hat, and you’re ready to go—even if your legs end up being more like icicle stumps than functional limbs.
LOOK FOR LESS: ASOS A|Wear Double Breasted A Line Coat for $125.79
THE HIPPIE COAT: (get it, ‘cause it’s hip length)
INSPIRATION: Jil Sander
It’s like wearing a cape, plus sleeves, minus the lack of arm mobility due to the fact that they’re stored inside cape. I never understood that. The hip-grazing swing coat from Jil Sander has a really simple silhouette and approximately zero decorations—it’s just a hard core red coat. This one is for serious maximal minimalists.
LOOK FOR LESS: ONE by Steven Alan Outdoor Poncho for $278.60. I realize that it says poncho and is also nearly $300, which isn’t exactly cheap, but compared to the price of the Jil Sander coat, I’d say that’s a snag.
THE (TWEED) CROPPED JACKET:
Chanel is like the creator of the tweed jacket. Not actually, but in my head I give Coco the credit. This season, our good friend Karl looked to the past and brought back said jacket, which I am so excited about. Cropped jackets are great because they allow you to show off the other aspects of your outfit while still warmin’ those arms of yours. In the photo, the cropped jacket is paired with an all black look to spruce it up a bit and add texture, but it can also be worn with other neutrals (or even different colors, if you’re feeling extra daring). I’d stay away from wearing it with bright prints because tweed already has a pattern, and the combo of patter + red + more prints might equal a cray-cray outfit.
LOOK FOR LESS: ASOS Vero Moda 60’s Style Colored Tweed Jacket for $69.18. I was actually so surprised that I was able to find a nearly perfect match, and one so inexpensive (in comparison to Chanel), too.
THE WACKY JACKET:
Just so you know, I was in love with the Malandrino F/W 2011 collection. Smitten with it, if you will. That’s nearly punny, because ‘smitten’ rhymes with ‘mitten,’ and it’s the winter collection, and people wear mittens in the winter…I’m very serious about my puns. Jokes aside, this snazzy red jacket was no exception. All the overlapping fabric and (leather??) trim confuses me—but intrigues me, too. I want to know where she got that jacket, and also where her neck is. So many good conversation starters.
LOOK FOR LESS: This was a real toughy! I found one for more, and one for possibly less, and I’m just tossing both in for your entertainment. The more expensive one is Donna Karan for a whopping $1,995. The one for (presumably) less is McQ Alexander McQueen Schoolboy Blazer for $630. The Donna Karan one has a higher neck, but the McQueen matches the color scheme better. Take your pick!
And there you have it! Five ways to wear the soon-to-be classic red coat. Remember, you heard it from Paul Revere first; I can’t take the credit.
All images courtesy of style.com