A new year calls for a new coat — even if our outings have become fewer and
farther between. Here, Paulina Petkoski, Detroit-based wardrobe stylist, womenswear designer, and co-founder of the art gallery and agency Playground Detroit, talks us through some of the season’s most popular coat trends and how to wear them.
The Upcycled Wind-breaker
This style can be layered under your coat for additional warmth and worn with sweatpants and sneakers, Petkoski says. She likes outdoor apparel brand Cotopaxi’s unisex Teca Windbreaker, made of 100 percent remnant fabric. You can also find windbreakers made of recycled fabric and other materials from Patagonia and Nike.
The Statement Jacket
“Bright colors, patterns, or textures that sweep the floor will set you apart from the crowd,” Petkoski says. Throw your new statement piece on over any outfit for an instant head-turning ensemble. Petkoski recommends bold options made of vegan leather and faux fur from brands including Staud and Stand Studio, available at online luxury retailer Moda Operandi.
The Teddy Coat
The teddy coat rose to fame after Max Mara’s iconic Teddy Bear Coat appeared in the brand’s 2013 runway show, and has been a winter staple copied by high-end designers and mass retailers alike ever since. Petkoski suggests wearing this coat style in a bold color or pattern with an all-black outfit and booties or a colorful sneaker. Try the Anouck Double-Breasted Faux Shearling Coat by vegan clothing brand Apparis. Or pair a neutral-colored teddy coat with a winter floral dress and tall boots.
The Cozy Wool Topcoat
“Throw it over any look for an instant upgrade, or wear casual over a sweatsuit with sneakers [for] running errands,” Petkoski says of this classic style. Try The Stretch Italian Wool Topcoat from menswear brand Bonobos for a versatile and water-repellant addition to your wardrobe.
The Cropped Puffer
For a sporty addition to your wardrobe, Petkoski suggests pairing this coat style with high-waisted jeans and ankle boots. As an advocate of sustainable fashion, Petkoski is a firm believer in opting for items made of recycled fabrics and other materials. For this trend, she likes puffer jackets made of vegan leather or recycled bottles from brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch and the Barcelona brand Paloma Wool at the Detroit clothing boutique Coup D’état. You could also try Gap’s Upcycled Cropped Midweight Puffer Jacket, made with recycled nylon and polyester.