True story: There was frost on my car this morning when I was headed to the gym! That may not sound like a big deal to some of you, but it’s a pretty rare occurrence here in Southern California. It took everything in me not to run inside and jump back under the covers. While on the treadmill, though, I couldn’t help but think that this might be the perfect excuse to invest in a new coat. They happen to qualify as some of my favorite investment pieces since they’re the first thing people see in these blistery, winter months…and just imagine the collection we’d all have if we each just bought a single new coat a year! I get excited just thinking about it. If you’re looking to grow your own collection, here are three coats that you’ll look for an excuse to wear all winter long…

Bright: No matter how dull and gray the weather, a bright coat brightens up any room! Especially if your wardrobe tends to be more neutral in color palette, you can add a bright coat on top of just about every ensemble. (This little orange number is from J. Crew!)

Printed: I fell immediately in love with this Rachel by Rachel Roy coat. I love the black and white print with casual, every day looks. You can make the look as eclectic as you like by mixing pops of bright color and other patterns or keeping the look simple and neutral. 

Camel: Oh the camel coat. This is one of my favorite colors in general, but in a coat I especially adore how sophisticated and chic it is. Paired with black by night for a dressier, edgier look and with winter whites by day for a classic, feminine look, this is a coat that will never go out of style!  (This one if from Zara! Similar ones here and here!)

Stay warm out there, friends!

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  1. 1
    Samira January 15, 2013 at 7:26 am

    love the first one!

    • effortlesschic January 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

      I’m so glad! That seems to be the favorite right now 🙂

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    Laura @ Chaotic Domestic January 15, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Great coats! I love them all. Where are the shoes from in the picture with the orange J.Crew jacket? They’re great shoes!

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    Lauren January 15, 2013 at 7:55 am

    these are fabulous coats!

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    Chelsea January 15, 2013 at 9:20 am

    So fabulous. I love color and print so much that I forget about a good neutral coat. Unless you count leopard! Love that camel number, might have to look into it. xo

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    michelle January 15, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Your faces are adorable….you make those coats look amazing!!

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    Sarah January 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Who are the tan wedges by? LOVE!

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    alex January 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Yes, love all of the coats but where are the shoes from?!

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    HANNAH ELOGE January 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Love them all! I have always had neutral colored coats, this winter I was ready for something new! I grabbed this fun red coat from a nearby boutique… I am so glad I went with new color this year!

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    Elizabeth Ulloa January 15, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Jen! love this post I love the ZARA coat and you know how much I love ZARA!

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    brandyn January 15, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Precious Jen- heart the black and white RR brocade coat- super eclectic- easily dressed up or dressed down- Love

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    mattmug January 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

    red = rad

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    angelo k January 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm


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    Hank January 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    The polka dots under the tan coat are so cool.
    A brilliant touch!

  14. 14
    Jocelyn Garritylyn January 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I want all of them.

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    Ashley @ Yeah. We Bake. January 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I am loving the pic of you in the black and white Rachel Roy coat, Jen! Adorable!!


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    Jenna January 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Jen, I’m so obsessed with this post! I’m on my way to buy a new coat.

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    kayschoening January 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I love all the Coats!!! I think I need a new one!

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    Jeannie January 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    These are all so great! I love the colors. Putting one of those on would pick up my mood any day of the week no matter how cold or dreary!

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    Shara Peace January 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    You are precious, Jen! I need more long coats like these for our single digit weather…I am WAY out of my league here in CO! This Texas girl is becoming quite the coat collector.
    You make coats exciting!

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    Wesley J. January 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the bright J. Crew coat! Great way to brighten up a day like we are having here in Austin today! 🙂

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    Kate January 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    This makes me want to go out and purchase a new coat for this chilly weather. Jen- you’re style aways brightens up a gray wintery day 🙂

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    sam January 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Love the coats – so fashionable yet so comfortable looking. Perfect for a cool or cold day.

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    Blair January 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    LOVE the coral jacket, Jen // Perfect way to brighten up these chilly LA days! I am also diggin’ the cute little ponytail 🙂

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    laurielulu January 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I haven’t owned a coat since I hit menopause and as a SoCal native, I haven’t needed one. This year, I really really need one and want one too. I adore all of your suggestions.

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    Annie January 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I love the pink one! You look so fashionable and cozy…

    • Jackie Collins January 16, 2013 at 7:39 am

      My granddaughter has very good taste, style and fashion sense! She gets it from her godmother, Denise!

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    Jen Bilik January 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    So cute! Love the storytelling quality and the photography especially.

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    Wendy January 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Love them all, especially the orange! Love your column!

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    Jackie Collins January 16, 2013 at 7:36 am

    very cute and fun blog. love the coats AND the model. she’s adorable!

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    Kat January 16, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I love this post. I can’t decide which coat is my favorite they are all adorable!

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    Brooke January 16, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I LOVE the JCrew jacket. I have been waiting for it to go on sale for months!

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    Mindy Joseph January 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I just got my first camel coat and I love how it goes with everything! Love the bright J. Crew one, too!

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    Susan January 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    WOW – they are all awesome on you. Think though that the 3rd one might be the one for me. Love it!!!!!

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    Jen Cole January 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Love the black and white print!!!

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    Gaye January 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Cute! Cuter! Cutest! On you they all look great.

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    lise January 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    i love the first coat and the orange j.crew coat…….ooohhh, and i love the shoes with the j. crew coat. love, love, love….

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    Pat January 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    The coats are classy and elegant – perfect for all occasions!!!

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    Lexie January 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Love the coats you selected! Also, the polka dot blouse is so so cute!

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    Natalie McGuire January 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Great pics!!

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    sueann January 22, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    This makes me want to wear coats all the time…but who could look as adorable as you in them?!

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    Angie Franklin March 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I love these pictures. Your coats are terrific. Coats are really my weakness too. I just bought two new jackets for the spring at Burlington Coat Factory. They have great prices, so I couldn’t resist the splurge, plus they really look great.



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