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Your guide to seasonal outerwear

woman in black pants and red winter coat with faux-fur trimmed hood and knit cuffs

Those transitional periods between summer and fall, and winter and spring can wreak havoc on your wardrobe, especially when it comes to your outerwear. It may be cool in the morning, but warm and sunny when you’re leaving work. Rain always seems to come out of nowhere on the days you wear your suede jacket, and when it gets chilly, you always wish you dressed warmer. Here is a crucial guide to the coats and fashion jackets you should have in your closet:

Army jacket

Now, it doesn’t have to be army-issued, but a canvas jacket in a neutral tone like beige or olive will be great to have on hand during those unpredictable early fall days. Army jackets are pretty casual, so they pair perfectly with a pair of skinny jeans, your favorite comfy T-shirt and a pair of earth tone booties.

A denim jacket

While styles of denim jackets come and go – like acid wash – the very essence of a classic denim jacket is timeless. They’re perfect on late summer evenings, and can be layered with zip up sweatshirt on cooler, breezy fall days. Dark washes are particularly hot right now. They’re more versatile than lighter washes, and can seem a little more chic when paired with the right accessories, like some sparkly fashion jewelry.

Dapper Denim Trench

A blazer

Many people think the only place for a blazer is the office, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. While a blazer jackets’s reputation is that of class and professionalism, you can also give your outfit a bit of an edge by pairing your favorite work blazer with a V-neck and some high heel pumps. This outfit is perfect for a late summer or early fall evening, when there’s a bit of a breeze, but the temperature hasn’t really dropped yet.

Boyfriend Blazer

A trench coat

Trench coats are perfect options for women who want to give their outfit a bit of professional flair, whether they’re on their way to work or not. It’s the perfect jacket to dress up, with tailored slacks and a pair of heels, but it’s also possible to dress it down with jeans and booties. It actually may not even be possible to wear a trench coat and not look put together!

A peacoat

While a wool peacoat won’t keep you as warm during a deep freeze as a thicker coat will, it’s always good to have a winter coat that can be used for dressier occasions. It’s also a great coat to have in November, when it may not be cold enough to bust out the down jacket, but it’s just too breezy to comfortably wear a denim one. While a black or charcoal peacoat is timeless, you can mix it up a bit by going for a patterned one, like houndstooth, a bright red, or a winter white variety.


A parka

Puffy jackets may not be the most stylish options out there, but there’s no doubt that they’re important to have around. Sometimes that sassy peacoat won’t keep you warm during a long commute during the holiday season. Look for a coat that hits your mid-thigh or lower if you walk around outside a lot in the winter, but if you spend more time in the car instead, a shorter parka may be more comfortable while you’re sitting down.

Snowbird Coat

Comments (4)

Denise A. Blair

I have previously requested a catalog.
Please send one

Monroe and Main

Hi Denise,
Could you please email your information to We’ll have someone on our customer service team look into it for you. Thanks for your patience!

Kim Yelton

I saw a coat in Woman’s World magazine, the
October 3, 2016 issue. It was Style #MA727550. The caption featured the coat’s wide wasteband. However, it seemed like a perfect lightweight jacket for chilly winter days in Florida. I also liked the colors. Could you tell me if it’s still available and what styles it comes in. I included my email address below.

Monroe and Main

Hi Kim,
That’s our Belted Ombre Coat – It looks like it’s currently available in both Missy (S-XL) and Plus (1X, 2X, 3X) sizes. Please let us know if you need further assistance!

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Published on Sep 18 2016

Last Updated on Oct 16 2017

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