Let Lupita Nyong’o Guide Your Fall Coat Shopping

Photo: J. Webber/Splash News.
When we're shopping for outerwear, we usually have to pick a category and stick to it: There's the statement, the parka, the faux-fur, the moto, et al. These coat conceits so rarely overlap that when they do, the result is quite magical. Lupita Nyong'o found one such illustrious style — a hooded, A-line statement coat — that just might be the topper of the season (so far).

The actress was photographed on her way to the Public Theater in New York City over the weekend, where she 's currently in rehearsals for the play Eclipsed. Nyong'o took advantage of the mid-60s temps and strolled around sans tights, pairing bare gams with ankle boots and a blouse buttoned all the way up. The stand-out item, of course, was her knee-length coat on top of it all, which checks off all those outerwear requirements.

First things first: Its water-color-meets-paint-splatter print is a nice refresher in a sea of black, navy, and camel jackets. The colors are neutral enough for everyday wear, but way too interesting to feel everyday. Second (and most important), it's actually practical. The A-line silhouette allows for multiple layers to be worn underneath. Then, there's a hood to keep your noggin covered when you've misplaced your beanie (or, in Nyong'o's case, when you want to go somewhat incognito).

This is the type of coat you can wear now that there's just a slight chill, in the winter with multiple knits underneath (or even paired with another looser-fit coat on top, and in the spring once you're ready to shed each and every layer but still need a bit of coverage. To facilitate your cold-weather shopping, we pulled some Lupita-inspired hooded coats that'll get you through the next few seasons in style.

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Photo: J. Webber/Splash News.
Lupita Nyong'o never misses with her "going to work" wear — even when she has to clock in on a weekend.
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Make a statement with a graphic, metallic number.
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That lounging-at-home feel comes courtesy of this robe silhouette, while the wool-cashmere blend will keep you warm all winter long.
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How committed are you to the Canadian tuxedo?
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A dark olive hue is a nice break from the shades of navy and camel that tend to dominate our outerwear.
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Add this silver parka to your layering roster to spice up any solid-colored topper. The metallic hood will pop against a black or navy coat.
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Wear this open jacket solo now, then with a puffer when the temperatures really begin to dip.
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Coziness levels at an all-time high.
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