Wrapped in luxury: Season's coats are less bulky, more flattering

This season's outerwear is feminine and flattering, taking a bit of the sting out of winter's cold weather. Oklahoma fashion retailers discuss the styles.
By Linda Miller Published: November 12, 2012
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Oklahoma's winter weather usually only calls for heavy coats and head-to-toe bundling a few days a season. Lucky us.

But that doesn't mean women who yearn for stylish outerwear are left out in the cold. Winter jackets and coats are lightweight and easy to wear with interesting details that include fur or faux fur trim, high collars, waist emphasis and eye-popping buttons.

“Coats are not so bulky anymore,” said Alex Bratton, buyer for On a Whim stores in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. “You can see a body beneath the coat. You don't just see a coat.”

Nothing ruins a great outfit faster than covering it up with a heavy coat. “You don't see the girl underneath,” she said.

Lightweight jackets and coats are a good fit for Oklahoma's weather. “They add light protection from the elements, and some are even water-resistant, so they're a great go-to fall and winter item,” said Melissa Merriman, spokeswoman for Dillard's.

And there's no sacrificing fashion.

Clothing trends have echoed a return to feminine dressing for the past few seasons, and that theme carries over to outerwear.

“Women have always embraced their femininity, and now designers are actually catching up with a woman and a woman's body,” Merriman said.

Many of the coat styles hint at the mid-1940s and 1960s with modern twists coming from details and color. Belts define the waist, and seams outline curves. Jewel tones and hot hues make drab winter days a little easier to endure.

Lands' End says color is its top trend, with punched-up reds, greens and yellows. The new Narciso Rodriguez collection for Kohl's includes cocoon coats in peony and cobalt.

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