As the temperature drastically drops, the only way to survive is to bundle up. However, that doesn’t mean dressing up like you are in a circus. Instead, invest in a fashionable and functional winter coat. The perfect coat is one that can be thrown on and look stylish regardless of what you are wearing underneath. The right coat can perk up an entire outfit, which makes it the perfect winter accessory.
You might be wondering: Where can I find an affordable yet stylish coat? As a college student, you don’t have to splurge to look good. The trick is to know which stores to splurge in. Instead of spending $40 on a coat at Forever 21, spend it at Urban Outfitters, where the fabric is likely of a better quality. What it really comes down to is that you get what you pay for.
There are plenty of boutiques in University City and Center City worth splurging in, which will result in a closet full of more original pieces. The benefit of shopping in boutiques is that they have their own unique style, unlike most fast fashion stores. One advantage of tackling vintage stores as well as boutiques is that you are probably never going to see the same thing on someone else. Nobody wants to be wearing the same thing as someone else or, even worse, see someone else wearing it better. For chic style inspiration, check out Piper Boutique at 140 S. 34th St. Those looking to have a little fun with outerwear should consider Urban Outfitters at 110 S. 36th St., which offers a variety of styles from feminine bell shapes to tough, military-inspired silhouettes.
Avoid the winter blues and add some color into your life. For those who are not fond of pink, a popular shade in outerwear this season, go for a feminine shade of burgundy instead. If you are daring, opt for a brightly colored coat.
This winter is all about taking style risks, which means giving oversized coats and chic bomber styles a chance, like the Members Only Homecoming Color Block Wool Coat from Urban Outfitters. Not only is the coat stylish, but the woolen fabrication will keep you warm on the chilliest winter days. Outerwear this season is leaning toward a boxy yet classic style, a trend that has trickled down from the runway to the streets. More trendy coats can be found at H&M and Smak Parlour, which are a subway ride or short walk away from Drexel University.