Coat Check

Make outerwear your fashion armor against the cold weather. From oversized coats to chic capes to fierce furs, let the last layer of your look set the tone for a fab winter.

Réneise Francis Nov, 22, 2013

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Trade in your wool cape for a wild style. An animal print piece -- leopard or patterned fur will make a simple black ensemble pop.

Far left: Cape*, Coach, coach.com. Leather top, pants and headband, Pamella Roland, $550-$2,750, mitchellstores.com for store locations. Shirt cuff, Kara by Kara Ross, $330, Joseph, Memphis, 901-767-1609. Wrap cuff, Kara by Kara Ross, $190, Neiman Marcus. Boots, Via Spiga, $525, Nordstrom.

Left: Fur cape*, Bally, NYC, 212-751-9082. Blouse, Trina Turk, $298, trinaturk.com. Leather pants, Cynthia Rowley, $1,100, cynthia rowley.com for locations. Booties, Edmundo Castillo, $995, shopbop.com for similar styles.

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If you've got the winter blues color is the best remedy. Use your coat as your bold base and layer shades beneath in the same family .

Cashmere coat*, knit jacket, sweater and skirt, Max Mara, $695-$995, NYC, 212-879-6100. Necklace, Kara by Kara Ross, $295, bergdorfgoodman.com. Envelope clutch, Paul Smith, $1,015, NYC, 646-613-3060. Pumps, Alejandro Ingelmo, $998, alejandroingelmo.com.

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Get rid of that boring bomber and opt for colorblocking and prints that take the entire look to the next level.

Right: Colorblock coat, DKNY, $995, select DKNY locations. Jacket, DKNY, $495, Bloomingdale's. Blouse, DKNY, $215, Lord & Taylor. Skirt, By Chance, $142, shopbop.com. Pumps, Carmen Marc Valvo Calzature, $545, carmenmarcvalvo.com.

Far right: Graffiti-print coat, tunic and shoes*, Moschino Cheap and Chic, $795-$1,595, Moschino boutiques. Tights, Commando, $34, wearcommando.com.

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Think outside the box this season, instead of full length coats layer-up! Chunky knits under a warm vest and thigh high boots make a pretty pile-up.

Vest, Thakoon Addition, $1,090, saksfifthavenue.com. Sweater*, Bally, NYC, 212-751-9082. Skirt, Bailey44, $231, bailey44.com. Boots, Stuart Weitzman, $750, stuartweitzman.com.

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Fur vest*, BCBGMax Azria, bcbg.com. Shirt, Catherine Malandrino, $490, Catherine Malandrino boutiques. Leather jeans, T by Alexander Wang, $1,350, alexanderwang.com. Belt, RK New York, $550, rknewyork.com. Boots, Giuseppe Zanotti Design, $1,495, giuseppezanotti.com.


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Classic wool coats are timeless but if you want to give it an update, invest in fur accents. A lush looking fur collar, scarf or cuffs will immediately luxe up your look.

Far left: Coat*, Carolina Herrera, NYC, 212-249-6552. Dress*, Calvin Klein Collection, NYC, 212-292-9000. Pumps, Manolo Blahnik for Carolina Herrera, $895, Manolo Blahnik, NYC, 212-582-3007.

Left: Tweed coat, turtleneck, shirttail, swing skirt, socks and oxford sling backs, Ports 1961, $350-$2,395, ports1961.com for store locations. Hat, Stetson, $105, stetson.com.

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