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The fall coat check: Wrapping up the trends

Creators Syndicate
Modified: November 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm •  Published: November 9, 2012

Chic outerwear can be one of the best ways this fall and winter to top off your wardrobe. The newest coats are bigger and bolder - a fresh way to cover up in oversized silhouettes and brighter colors. Forget the boring basics. After all, we wear our coats day in and day out. They say a lot about our personal sense of style. Check out these new trends.

The menswear topcoat, one of the season's hottest outerwear looks, is a little on the slouchy size. Some with sculpted exaggerated shoulders and lapels, often in knee-lengths in colorful jewel tones, cobalt blue, ruby red and emerald green are a few of the more vivid favorites. Or if you're more of the classic, earthy type, there are plenty of rusts, camels and grays to round out your winter wardrobe.

-The military-inspired coat: It's all about the details on this style. You don't have to feel like you're off to basic duty, but instead choose a more sophisticated "officers" coat with just a hint of the brass buttons, pocket flaps, epaulets, belts and buckles.

-The parka: Another fall favorite, this ski-inspired shape is a great winter warm-up when the temperature hits below the freezing mark. In drawstring anorak styles, parkas can be even more streamlined and stylish, and you won't risk feeling like the Pillsbury Dough Boy. Look for even more value with inside-out reversible parkas.

-The puffy vest: Also akin to the ski-inspired trend, the puffier vest is one solution to outerwear that will stave off the chills and yet easily layer over chunky knits and T-shirts. In bright colors, this piece will be a real perk for gray winter days. Again, beware the doughboy look.

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