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Street Inspiration: Worldly Winter Coats

Last weeks’ sub-zero arctic blast in Colorado had us braving daily highs of 5 degrees. Brrrrrrr! With that passed, it feels downright balmy at 35 degrees in Boulder today. Boy, does one’s perspective change quickly. Given the icy plunge into deep, dark winter, I wanted to show what women around the world (in the Ukraine, Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, Bulgaria and US) are wearing to keep warm and stylish.

On the Streets

London via Dress Up Jess

London via Dress Up Jess

Tokyo, Japan via Tokyo Fashion

Tokyo, Japan via Tokyo Fashion

winter coat via chictopia

San Francisco via Chictopia

Helsinki, Finland via Hel-looks

Helsinki, Finland via Hel-looks

Kiev, Ukraine via Kyiv Street Style

Kiev, Ukraine via Kyiv Street Style

Kiev via Kyiv Street Style

Kiev via Kyiv Street Style

Sofia, Bulgaria via Sofia Street Style

Sofia, Bulgaria via Sofia Street Style

Copenhagen, Denmark via The Locals

Copenhagen, Denmark via The Locals

It can be tough to look pulled together when the temperatures are frosty, but these women are wonderful. Their coats range from printed to colorful and romantic to classic. This is why I love local street style so much. It’s not trying to sell me something. It’s just women being real and going about their lives in the clothes they actually wear.

Have fun out there and stay warm!

x Laura

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Violet Femmes

Violaine Bernard

Violaine Bernard (photo: Vanessa Jackman)

Among the color trends popping up for fall, you’ll find beautiful shades of purple, ranging from plum to amethyst. In this shot of Violaine Bernard (fashion director for Velour Magazine), she tops her pretty violet pants with a light camel vest. It’s a wonderful concept for office wear (I would throw a cami on underneath, but you know, I’m not French). It looks polished and modern, with a kick of personality.

Swiss designer Akris showed this amazing deep amethyst coat for F/W 2012 and it is just gorgeous. This color really shines next to black.

Akris, F/W 2012 via Style.com

Put some purple on yourself with these pretty options. Play with just a touch in an accessory, more with a top or pant, or a bigger statement with a lush coat.

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If you’re not a purple-loving gal, don’t worry. There are other rich colors that will be big this fall too.
More to come!
x Laura

Window Shopping

There are coats and then there are coats. As I was pulling together looks for last weeks fall trend post (What You Want) , I came across these beauties. Even though several of these coats are dangling high-priced designer tags, I thought they were still worth showing for inspiration. If you need a some new outerwear this season, buy it first. As you shop for your other key items, try them on with the coat (because doesn’t it drive you nuts when they don’t go together?!)

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Diane Von Furstenburg ‘Harrington’ Coat $695

Mcginn ‘Lori’ Faux Shearling Coat $365

Burberry Camo-check Trench Coat $1595

Missoni ‘Vanna’ wool-tweed coat $2,590

Red Valentino Belted Coat $895

Via Spiga Asymmetrical Cape $138

Personally, I think capes are incredibly hard to pull off. But if you’re the kind of woman who can, this is your season to do it. Go on with your bad self.

Theory ‘Sonoa’ Wool Coat $685

Rachel Zoe Belted Trench

Rachel Zoe Trench, $495


I’ve been thinking about this Rachel Zoe trench coat for weeks now. It haunts me with it’s leather-trimmed lines and Good Girl/Bad Girl appeal. I seriously don’t need a coat. Well, I could replace a coat that attracts dog hair like nobody’s business…but I have to be real. I don’t live in a tweedy, leather-trim, dominatrix, trench coat, kind of town. I do travel though, so maybe I’ll chew on that thought for a few more days, because that RZ design is persistent, I tell ya.

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Thanks for reading this week!

Baby, it’s cold outside

In Bratislava -- photo via TonboGirl.blogspot.com

Today, I’ve found some street style ideas on how to look chic even when the weather is cold, cold, cold. These shots come from Bratislava, Slovakia, Chicago, and Moscow and you can just feel the cold by looking at them! Nonetheless, they have taken to streets with style.

photo via Chicago Streetstyle Scene

Moscow, photo via Slickwalk.

We might see a few flurries today in Denver, but the snow has been flying since Thanksgiving up in the Rocky Mountains. I have yet to break out my snow boots, but I know that the time is coming. Now, I see a lot of “winter boots” shown in magazines and in blogs that consist of sky-high heels or platforms and I think, oh those are cute if you’re going from car to restaurant, but how in the heck can you actually walk on snow or ice in those puppies?! Even the beloved/reviled classic Ugg boot is an iffy choice when it’s slick outside (absolutely no traction on those things). No, I’m talking about real winter boots for sledding, walking kids to school, traipsing through ski towns on winter holiday, commuting to work, going to classes, walking the dog, etc. You know, the ones you’ll reach for most days.

Here are some favorites that have loads of style, functionality and will keep you looking chic:

And for the guys, who do so much snow shoveling, car scraping and much of the sled pulling, here are some warm, rugged choices for him too. It’s not a bad holiday gift idea either. Treat him to warm feet this year and he just might make that early morning espresso run for you!


Street Inspiration: Blanket Sweaters

Style Council (photo: Chictopia.com)

Lindsey Thornburg cloak

There’s a mini-trend of blanket sweaters for this fall/winter and this is one of the first pictures I’ve seen of one on the streets. I love the bold graphics of this woman’s American Indian motif sweater (she goes by Style Council on chictopia.com). The big, voluminous sweater takes her cutoffs and white tee to another level of interest. The hat is an inspired accessory and she didn’t try to match it to her boots or even the sweater. Awhile back, I wrote a post of how wearing three colors/shades really punch up the impact of an outfit and I think she has proves that here. She’s got the light blue shorts, the brown tonal shades in the hat and the sweater, and black. You can see more of her looks at her own blog Danny Rose.

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine let me know about a gorgeous collection of cloaks by Lindsey Thornburg, shown above, right. These are truly unique items and her eye for patterning and fabric is sublime. Her website says that many of the looks are inspired by a trip to Peru and you can certainly see those influences in her work. Check out her full collection, which also include dresses at LindseyThornburg.com.

I always like to pull an edit of the featured item for you from the vast shopping mecca that is the internet. Here are a few cool blanket sweaters for you to contemplate. Don’t you just want to grab one and throw it on?! They look so warm and coolly chic at the same time. I believe the one on the top right row is incredibly similar to Style Council’s sweater coat above, from Asos.com. Some of the other ones below are reversible, so you get two looks for the price of one. You could belt it or let it hang loosely — whatever you feel is the right vibe for the day.

Shop these looks in Denver/Boulder at:

Goldyn (Denver) – has this black & white Cynthia Vincent cardigan.

J.J. Wells (Boulder)

Nordstrom (Broomfield, Cherry Creek, Park Meadows)

Neiman Marcus (Cherry Creek)

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