Coat Inspiration

I’m still undecided about what fabric to use for my Gertie coat, and though I own a lot of black for Fall/Winter (and year round), I really don’t want to make a plain black, super practical coat, but I do want to make something that is neutral enough to be wearable all season. Here are some coats that I’m looking at for inspiration.

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Pink Coat

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I can’t decide if this coat is too light-colored for me or too light-colored to wear in winter. I tend to look washed out in pastels and lighter colors, too.

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Olive Military Inspired Coat


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This is a Balmain melton military coat. I really like olive since it’s not black, and therefore details can be seen, and yet it’s versatile enough to go with browns, blacks, and other deeply saturated colors.

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White Fancy Coat with Lace Border Details


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I love the lace border on this fancy coat. I don’t know how practical winter whites are for me since most of my Fall/Winter clothing is dark-colored though.

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Black Polka-Dot Coat


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I really like the subtle texture on this coat. It’s black, so it will go with everything for me, but the polka dots are small and give it some texture.

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Red Coat with White Piping


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The white piping on the collar and sleeves really makes this coat stand out.

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Leopard Coat


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This is the Betsey Johnson But Darling jacket. This happens to be a jacket, but I love the leopard print contrast cuffs and collar.

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Mauve Coat


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Mauve is another great color for Fall/Winter. It’s subtle enough to go with lighter pieces and strong enough to go with darker pieces. It’s also a very unique color.

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Purple Coat with Black fur trim


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I really like the black fur on this deep purple coat. It looks very luxe.

25 thoughts on “Coat Inspiration

  1. My friend and I were just talking about how much we love military inspired outerwear for women!! Great inspiration here. I’m tempted to do the sew along now just to make that olive coat!

  2. Wow I am in love with the pink one as well! However the source link is to the green coat… Is it the same store?

  3. Thanks Elizabeth, I love olive too! It’s a good alternative to grey or black and still looks really chic with all black outfits I think.

  4. Thanks, Rachel! The pink coat came from pinterest, and I had the wrong link underneath it. Corrected the post now.

  5. My vote goes for red! It’s technically a neutral – you can wear it with anything – but it’s pretty & bright & that color is going to look amazing on you. Plus, wearing a red coat is fun :) You can always punch up the drama factor with removable leopard cuffs/collar, or even just a leopard scarf :)

  6. The Balmain melton coat is my favorite. It’s everyday but will a little special touches with the buttons and silhouette. Plus, the military green will go well with black (although all colors go with black). What about doing a crazy lining to add to pizazz (spelling?)?

  7. I’m voting mauve, red with detailing, or some seriously fabulous fur on purple. I LOVE winter coats with some color – I feel like I really stand out because everyone here is wearing black :)

  8. Thanks, Meg! I really don’t want to make a black coat, since I think sewing with black is depressing, hard to photograph, and kind of boring. I’m still trying to work up the nerve to wear color on a regular basis.

  9. What about the olive or mauve one but add on white piping?
    Other than that, the red coat with white piping definitely pops and would really stand out in the midst of all the dark colors for winter time.

  10. I am in love with the military style coat as well! (Of course, my fave color is olive drab and I’ve loved military style clothing since I was a wee child.) However, that mauve color is gorgeous and unexpected. I think it would be a great compromise between a standout red and shows more dirt light pink…

  11. This post has incited massive weakness in my knees, let me tell you! :) There isn’t a single example above that I wouldn’t sport, but I think the pink, purple, and red ones are my faves (mind you, that leopard collar one is rather sublime, too!). Soooo much cold weather fashion inspiration (and wish list building material!).

    ♥ Jessica

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