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Style Files: Belt It – Out(erwear)

Uniqlo Lightweight Down Volume Collar Coat

During the holiday season, I caught an amazing sale at Uniqlo. I’m a really big fan of their lightweight down jackets– they’re perfect for traveling! But since I still like to wear skirts and dresses during the colder months, I was in the market for a longer coat; a down coat for less than $80 was an awesome deal!

I was in love with the color and collar of this coat, but I wasn’t such a big fan of the shape. When I purchase winter coats, I usually like my coats to be somewhat fitted because as I mentioned in my previous post about how to style your winter wear for the cold weather: you coat is your outfit!

While this coat does a great job at keeping the warmth in, I needed it to do a little more for me visually. One day it dawned on me: it needs a belt! I have a wicked belt collection but eventually settled on a thin metallic gold belt. I chose gold because the color goes with almost any and everything… and thin in shape because it helps balance out the bulkiness of the coat.

Hat – New Era, Bag – Audrey Brooke, Coat – Uniqlo, Scarf – Faded Glory, Jeans – H&M, Boots – Old Navy

When it comes to coats such as trenches, peacoats, car coats or reefers, you may want to increase the thickness of the belt for a little extra detail because the silhouettes are usually more sleek and fitted. I decided to go thicker when it came to this textured car coat. The coat already has such a busy pattern, so the thickness of the belt along with it’s smooth, solid color really pulls this look together.

Hat – Old Navy, Coat – Thrifted, Belt – Target, Jeans – H&M, Boots – Old Navy

Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to belt your winter wear… so head to your closet and start experimenting!

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