The Power Of A Printed Coat, In 6 Fashionable Acts

We understand the hesitation — coats are one of those big buys that you have to be really smart about. It's got to be versatile but still luxe-looking, body-flattering and forgiving, and modern-leaning but not trendy...not to mention within your budget. So, if you ever wonder why you have so many basic, black topcoats in your closet, that's probably got something to do with it.
But, we're here to help you break that mold. In a printed pattern, a statement coat can really make getting dressed so much easier (which is something you're definitely looking for in the wintertime). Ahead, the six women who make a convincing argument for a coat that's got some personality.
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Photographed by Christian Vierig.
One of our favorite ways to make a coat feel more like an outfit is to belt it. Here, model Soo Joo Kim chooses all-black accessories.
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Underneath? Jeans and a sweatshirt. On top? All drama, baby.
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Even a simple plaid print can do wonders in dressing up a monochromatic outfit.
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Animal prints are basically neutrals (at least in our books!). Even in an all-over mixed-up print, look at how seamless this is.
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It's easy to find patterned swing coats in vintage and thrift shops. Look for classic cuts to avoid feeling too costumey.
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Truly ballsy? Look for a patterned coat in a daring shapes, like a cape,
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