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Right now in NYC I’m practically living in my black statement coat. It goes wherever I go. How can I make sure that this basic black staple doesn’t become “blah” on wintry days? By getting out of my cozy coat comfort zone!

Are you bored with your current coat? Do you throw it on for a stylish evening and feel like it screams frump? Have no fear. I’m going to show you three easy ways to style a statement coat for a casual day, formal evening, or a fun date night.

Here we go.


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For this look, I kept it simple with a lovely pair of overalls from Loup and a crisp boyfriend shirt from H&M. You can keep the casual vibe going by pairing this look with a comfy + cozy beanie. (I love this beanie from Imogene + Willie.)

Grab a great carry-all bag like this black leather number from Cuyana to keep the casual look functional. A beautiful pair of high-heeled boots from Steve Madden finish off this informal, but chic, outfit.


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Want to go formal and avoid frumpy? I suggest starting with a long skirt like this Oscar de la Renta (similar) and build from there. A cozy cropped sweater from H&M (similar) keeps me warm and still fits with dressy attire.

Pop on some black tights and sophisticated heels like these from Nine West (similar) to give you height and eye-catching quality. A 1960’s clutch (similar) completes a great formal evening look.


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For an exciting date night on the town, I kept this look easy. I paired my coat with a jumpsuit from Zara (similar). This look is perfect for a long walk in Central Park or for running to the subway. To keep this outfit from being too “basic black,” I added a pair of functional leopard-print boots from Brian Atwood (similar).

I topped off this cool girl look with a black hat from Housing Works (similar).You can grab a textured clutch like my favorite one from Primecut (similar) to finish your look. Now you’re ready to hit the town!

Images via Morgan Ashley Photography


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