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4 Fall Coats You Need — & How To Pull Them Off

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    Choosing a wear-with-everything coat sounds like a grand idea on the first day of fall, but come mid-season, you may find yourself in a serious style rut. While getting the most miles out of this essential layer is undeniably practical, your topper is often your only visible piece in chilly temps, with your begging-to-be-seen outfit sadly cloaked underneath. It's time we give the trusty fall coat more credit than just a barrier between you and frostbite. So for the sake of your personal outfit enjoyment (and dry-cleaning tab), we recommend finding a few that can take turns.

    Where to start? Thanks to the unique style POV of NYC DJ, photographer, and all-around mega babe Leslie Kirchhoff, we've curated the four coats you need this season and how to style them. From an animal-print stunner to a classic camel peacoat, see how the resident cool girl fuses Banana Republic's new outerwear into her own self-described "simple, boyish, and classic" style. With this quartet, your fall looks will have no chill (literally).




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    The Wild Thing
    It’s safe to say that the animal-print coat is not going away anytime soon. What used to be a fancy (and oft stuffy) piece has become a street-style fave, mixing ironically with hoodies and sneakers as seamlessly as their prim predecessors. To make the coat more modern, less splashy, Kirchhoff advises to “Keep the rest of the look simple when one part of it is an animal print.” A graphic tee and casual kicks should do the trick.

    Bella Freud sweater, The Row pants, Adidas shoes.

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    Playing it safe might be easy, but trying something unique comes with its own rewards. "With standout pieces, I think a good rule of thumb is 'the bolder, the better,'" says Kirchhoff. "If it’s a bold piece you really love, chances are that everyone else loves it, too, but you are the one with the guts to wear it."

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    The Long & Lean
    Whether it's the silky lining, spacious pockets, polished buttons, or sharp tailoring, a menswear-inspired MVP is indeed a special breed. This tailored silhouette looks great with everything, but most importantly, "A perfect coat needs to keep you warm without being too bulky, and it also needs to be something you’re excited to wear, since it’s likely covering your entire look," says Kirchhoff.

    Rag & Bone shirt, Vince culottes, Prada bag.

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    To cleverly contrast the menswear-inspired coat, culottes, and loafers, Kirchhoff adds a ladylike satchel in a soft, powder-blue shade. For extra polish and clean lines, match the length of the coat with the hem of the pants.

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    The Classic Camel
    According to Kirchhoff, a camel coat is "Something that you could picture being worn 50 years ago and also 50 years from now — and still being perfect." Not only does this classic look prove that neutrals will forever slay, the lighter hue is a refreshing departure from the all-black-everything seasonal style trap.

    Gucci shirt, L'Agence jeans, Han Kjøbenhavn sunglasses.