“Put a coat on” feels like it must be among the top 10 things moms yell, right?But when you’re little, it doesn’t matter how cold it is outside, you never want to put your coat on. Of course the whole expectation is that by the time you’re the age where you could be a mom yourself, you have the sensibility to put a coat on before going outside into the cold. And yet, that childhood aversion to putting on a coat doesn’t go away, or at least for me it hasn’t. It’s like tights. You wait until the last possible moment, until it’s just absolutely unbearable to go bare-legged before you finally cave because you know it means winter is here, and that you won’t be able to step outside without tights for months. And it’s the same with the coat. Once you cave and admit it’s coat weather, you’re stuck trying to fit one over your bulky sweater, carrying it around at parties and bars lest it get stolen or accidentally taken by another woman wearing a black coat that looks almost exactly the same, and freezing in it out in the cold because it’s never really warm enough when it gets a certain level of cold and then overheating in it as soon as you step on the subway or train to your destination.
Not only does a coat hide your cute outfit when you’re out and about (and in NYC, where you’re most likely to get snapped by a street styler photo), but somehow, you never have the right one for your outfit on occasions when you really care about how you look. Sigh. While there’s no sense in fighting it — coat weather is inevitable unless you move to a warmer climate (note to self: move to warmer climate) — you don’t have feel stuck wearing one from now until spring. In these warmish December days we’re experiencing in NYC, when temps hover in the low 50s and occasionally dip into the 40s, it’s really the border of coat season still, which means that with the right layers, you can totally forgo that bulky puffer, at least for a little while longer. The key is in a big, huge, majorly warm sweater, and lots of smart layers. So if you just can’t with the coat, here’s how to leave it at home without freezing your stylish little ass off. Here’s how to wear a sweater as a coat.