Before I get into the wonderful world of winter coats I want to draw your attention to this lovely article written about Fashion vs. Style for “Shiny Black Sheep” AKA. Goths (and alternatives, I’m sure) – It’s a worthy read for anyone that gets dressed in the morning.
I know you may not be in winter currently, but I’m a firm believer that it’s never too early (or late) to start bulking up your winter wardrobe! I’m the kind of person that plans their seasonal wardrobe for months and I only buy any of it when the season is over. And so, here is my current coat-spiration.
|Peacoat – Cape – Military – Faux Fur – Leather
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I’ve been seeing fluffy, black fake fur coats everywhere in street style and online. It’s not a coat for everyone (I would love one but would probably never in-my-life wear it) but I have seen amazing Goth styled outfits including it. If that’s a little bit too much ‘fur’ for you, adding a faux stole can warm you up dramatically (plus you can switch it to any coat/etc that you want for more versatility.
It would be fashion-blasphemy if I didn’t have a leather jacket here. The fact that they’re made out of leather or to resemble leather makes it extra warm as the sun bounces off the surface it heats the inside! I learned this the hard way on a just-too-warm day.
Why not ditch coats and go for a cape? I hate using this word but there’s no denying that if you can pull off a cape (preferably of good quality) you are automatically chic.
Peacoats tend to be thick, warm and can be be assimilated into most styles. And who says you can’t have a little prep in your alternative? Certainly not me.
If you’re going for a neo-Victorian/Elizabethan coat (maybe something like mine here?) I would suggest you go with something plain and simple. Because the piece itself is very elaborate and adding to that with an, ahem, brocade pattern takes away from the versatility (particularly with longer coats in which you can’t see what you’re wearing underneath it). Trust me, I’ve been there.