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How to Wear a Coat in 2 Different Ways for a Classic Look

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For most people in colder climates, a coat isn’t optional. It’s a necessity. And though deep down we may dream of living in a climate where we can walk out the door in December without wearing enough layers that make us resemble the Michelin man, it doesn’t mean we should treat our winter coat like an afterthought. In fact, it’s your chance to really shine. Here’s how to wear a coat in 2 different classic ways!

coat (similar) | sweater | boots (similar)

Living in the midwest, where sometimes our cold weather starts as early as October, I’ve learned that a coat is an integral part of your outfit. I’ve said this before, but the right coat leaves a lasting impression on your style. And sometimes, it’s the only impression of your style!

You can tell how stylish someone is based on their coat. I’m not saying you should dress to impress others, but a coat makes a statement. What type of statement about yourself do you want to say to others?

There are many types of coats out there. Whether it’s a pea coat, maxi coat, leather coat, puffer coat, faux fur coat, or even a wool coat, I do think that all (or mostly all) deserve a place in your wardrobe.

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Here’s a quick and easy idea on how to wear a coat in 2 different classic ways, using my ever-so-favorite camel coat.

  • Open
  • Belted

There! I said it was easy.

Wearing your coat open allows you to show off your outfit, while still staying warm on those chilly days. Adding a belt is just that little extra thing that elevates and upgrades your look. Not only that, but it can make you look polished and put together as well, especially when the belt matches your shoes.

And no, it doesn’t have to match, but make sure it doesn’t clash either.

Skinny belt or thick belt- it doesn’t matter. A skinny belt tends to look more feminine, while a thick belt will add more of a statement.

A leather belt is a classic, but you can add some print here too- such as leopard print!

A belt can also help to define your waist in an oversized coat. If your coat has a fabric belt, consider swapping it out for a leather belt for a unique, elevated look.

Though I’m partial to a long wool coat for colder climates (and just looks in general), you can do this style tip with shorter coats too, or a knee-length coat. You can add a belt to your trench coat as well!

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Yes, you can wear a camel coat over a casual look. In fact, it’s an easy way to look more classic and it can dress it up and make even your leggings and favorite pair of sneakers look chic!

Another stylish way to wear a camel coat is with a white shirt or a cozy sweater. But check out this post for even more camel coat outfit ideas.

Choose a neutral color (black, navy, gray) for your coat when you can, with the exception of your faux fur coat. That can be a fun statement and you can choose one in an exciting pattern (animal print) or a rainbow of different colors.

What coat style will this not work on?

Avoid belting bomber jackets and leather jackets.

I belted the coat pictured as an example, but if you look closely in the other pictures, there is a backstrap on this coat. I would avoid belting a coat with a back strap as it could look a little silly in the back. A strapless and buttonless version is an easy way to try belting your coat without having to worry if it looks okay or not!

Here’s another way you can take the same item and make it look different, by a simple style upgrade: 1 Super Easy Fall Boot Hack

It’s true that the winter months can drag on. Looking stylish sure helps. For other outfit ideas and style tips for the colder months, keep reading!

Up Next: A Winter Capsule Wardrobe That Will Never Go Out of Style

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Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.