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Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Big Chill – Sweater Coats for Fall from TheFind


Sweater coats paired with boots make a great go-to casual outfit for cooler weather. Find a fitted sweater with a shape that complements your body. The perfect cover-up to wear alone with tights and boots or with a short skirt. It is the ideal piece for layering and can be dressed up or down for the occasion at hand.

Short sleeves on any sweater add to the versatility and up the style factor instantly. That's why I love the Stella McCartney Bubble hem cardi-coat ($780 at Net-a-Porter, upper left). Check out the flattering shape and high collar. It will be fab with a wide black patent belt to cinch at the waist. Wear a black cashmere turtleneck under this sweater along with black tights and black ankle boots for a streamlined style. Vince's Grosgrain Belted Sweater ($345 at Tobi.com, upper right) is an updated version of the basic black cardigan. The ribbon tie belt, 3/4 sleeves and pleats at the neck add unique details that give this sweater added cold-weather style. I can see this sweater an essential part of my work wardrobe, perfect for layering with dresses and pants. The Gumshoe Sweater coat ($168.00 at anthropologie.com) is the most whimsical of our picks for sweater coats with the ruffled placket, collar and cuffs. The boiled wool fabric is weighty enough to keep out the chill, but is not as heavy as a wool coat. The ideal feminine coat for mild weather as we transition into autumn.

When pairing boots with a sweater dress try to match the tights to the color of your boot for a streamlined effect. Wear opaque tights such as Spanx to keep you looking trim. Tall knee-high boots such as these Pour La Victoire "Hanna" Boot ($499.95 at amazon.com) will complement the shorter length of these sweater coats. Or opt for an ankle boot like the Tory Burch "Barrick" Signature Ankle Boots ($375.00 at Bloomingdales.com). The Tory Burch ankle boot would pair nicely with leggings, tights or skinny jeans when worn with a sweater coat. Save on tights at Bare Necessities with coupon codes from TheFind.com's coupon site.

--submitted by our friends at TheFind