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Shout Out: Jackets!

Demystifying Transitional Outerwear

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Just yesterday one of our favorite tweeters @SobbingonFifth reminded us of a profound fashion conundrum: appropriately dressing for the changing seasons.  Apparently she had spotted quite a few New Yorkers donning their thick winter coats a bit too soon.  @MisterMort calls it season pushing — that moment when one is so giddy to wrap up in cold winter frocks that they’re spotted in full fur and tights a few months too soon.  We’ve all been guilty of it once… or twice.

So today let’s take the time to determine what outerwear is appropriate for a 63* New York: jackets, vests and oversized scarves.  Let us begin with the ultimate transitional piece: the convertible jacket/vest combo.  This genius two-in-one piece allows you to unzip the jacket’s arms when the days turn to briskly warm.  Both Rebecca Taylor and Rag & Bone offer smart styles that easily will transition to winter’s darker days.  212 872 2684

Another essential? Oversized scarves.  Don’t come between a New Yorker and their massively looped oversized scarf.  Just don’t.  A New Yorker’s relationship with their scarf is akin to their passion for discussing avenue traffic, Soul Cycle, Cronuts and the latest faux-dive whiskey bar — combined.  Our favorite oversized scarves this season come from Rick Owens (his white/gray bi-color is another double-duty genius piece), Givenchy and Portolano.  Want the ultimate downtown cool girl look? Mix Givenchy prints with a Vince leather moto-jacket.  Add Chloe’s signature studded ankle boots for good measure.  212 872 2601

Or try one of 5F personal shopper Domenica’s favorite completer pieces: the floppy felt hat.  Eugenia Kim is a good place to begin.  212 872 2601

And what about these stupefying jackets?  Keep your outerwear light, short and leather.  Store your puffers and wool coats until NY1 and Eric Holthaus (another favorite tweeter) predict freezing nights and days.  Enjoy the opportunity to layer and mix prints, textures and silhouettes.  Invest in a leather motorcycle jacket  — Theory, Vince, Marc by Marc Jacobs all have great contenders.  Consider a high school bomber, leather sleeves still are popular, and you’ll find fetching interpretations from Rebecca Taylor3.1 Phillip LimCut25 and Rag & Bone. 212 872 8967

Oh, and when it is time to finally wear that new winter coat, don’t forget to snip the criss-cross threads that connect the kick pleat. 

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