Sylvie in the Sky / Winter Style Guide / 8 CLASSIC COATS It Girls Love / Leopard Coat by Caitlin McGauley / Tiger Flower Studio

Leopard Coat by Caitlin McGauley / Tiger Flower Studio

The hunt for the perfect coat. The fit, fabric, details, and design need to be just right for as many outfit scenarios as you can imagine – work, after work, date nights, girls nights, parties, weekends, weddings. But when you find it, they stay with you and survive trends, personal style updates, jobs, a baby, and everything in between.

My coat inspiration? I turn to the It Girls and the classic coats that keep them warm. From Sienna and Jane to Clemence and Kate, here are 8 classic coats It Girls love and every girl should have in their closet.

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Don’t shy from a wild pattern for your classic coat. Leopard coats have been a show stopping It Girl staple for decades because it’s the perfect statement coat for any occasion. Tossed over jeans and a easy white tee or paired with a body hugging black dress, the classic leopard coat takes our look from good to glam, just like that. Just ask my all-time It Girl, Sienna.


A classic coat doesn’t get any dreamier than a navy peacoat with handsome gold buttons. It adds that romantic Left Bank It Girl vibe or a polished prep New England attitude. Pair it with striped anything, skinny or bell bottom jeans, that perfect cashmere turtleneck, and Black (navy + black = the BEST color combo. Just ask Rag + Bone).


Burberry built an empire on this timeless classic coat…and It girls from every era share the same love. From Brigette Bardot to the always on point Kate Bosworth, the classic trench coat is a jet setter’s staple, a stylish rainy day answer, and a must for every #WorkBoss.


Lazy weekends, the Grunge revival, utility lovers – Military Parkas have stood the test of trends and time. I might have 4+ military parkas because this classic coat style is my jam. Add this articulated number to your sweeter style picks, too – dresses, skirts, flowy and floral things – for the ultimate It Girl ensemble.


Who said leather was for tough chicks? Leather moto jackets are not only insanely warm, but they add the much needed juxtaposition to our girlier looks – floral prints, lace anything, airy silk tops and dresses, fuzzy sweaters. Channel your inner badass with your perfect leather moto jacket and your closet won’t be the same without it.


The Duster Coat is just a fancy fashion name for “Long Coat.” LOL. We just love dreaming up fabulous names for ordinary words. The duster craze has been going strong for the last two years, with its elegant, slim silhouette and minimal style. For yours truly, dark charcoal grey duster classic coats are my idea of perfection.


The Swing silhouette popped into the fashion scene in the 60’s with its slim on top, flowy/A-line esque on bottom signature. I obsess over swing coats because their slim fitting upper design makes every girl look slim and feminine and ready for anything. Check out Olivia Palermo’s black number above and start hunting for your new Swing Coat.


Pop colored classic coats are worthy for any closet, just for their head turning powers alone. From siren red to chartreuse to emerald – wear a colored coat and I guarantee you’ll get stopped on the street. For 2016, I’m daydreaming of Pantone’s Colors of the Year, inspired by Blake’s breathtaking powder blue number.


Faux Fur Shawl Biker Jacket
Midi Swing Trapeze Coat
Long Peacoat
Military Parka
Classic Coat
Leopard Coat
Tweed One-Button Coat
Cotton Twill Trench Coat

What’s your favorite classic coat in your closet and one you’re dreaming of this winter?



  1. 02/18/2018 / 7:52 am

    This is such a great list for this time of year! I love a classic coat that can hopefully come out for a couple of years.

  2. laci
    12/28/2015 / 6:17 am

    I love coats but my favorite it definitely the longer ones I’m taller so they look better on me than the others 🙂

  3. 12/27/2015 / 6:51 pm

    Love the pink coat! That one is my favourite out of all of them.
    With lots of snow her the soft pink really stands out around our neck of the woods.
    I would pair it with a soft grey scarf and matching mittens 🙂

  4. 12/26/2015 / 8:50 am

    I love the classic coat, pretty pastel shade 🙂 I need a new coat, I’ve just been checking them out online! Thanks for the inspiration x

  5. 12/17/2015 / 1:10 pm

    I totally want a Swing coat now! That would be so much fun to wear over a dress when you go out dancing!

    I would love it if you came to link up at our party tonight:

    It’s a link party and pin-up party, two parties in one! All posts will get pinned to our group pinterest board.

  6. 12/17/2015 / 1:00 pm

    I want ALL the coats! These are gorgeous picks. I really like the military parka look especially- it is casual and cute.

  7. 12/17/2015 / 10:06 am

    I love the timeless style of a classic coat and my girls love coats as fashion pieces. These are all really cute

  8. 12/17/2015 / 9:20 am

    I love coats as fashion statements. These are so cute!

  9. 12/17/2015 / 9:16 am

    I love the trapeze coat! Very stylish and elegant!

  10. 12/17/2015 / 8:28 am

    I love these! The tweed coat is my favorite!

  11. 12/17/2015 / 7:22 am

    Love all of these coats, such great picks! My favorite is the swing coat, so perfect for winter!

  12. 12/17/2015 / 5:52 am

    Love peacoat, swing coat, can’t go wrong with gray and favorite is pop color coat.

    • 12/17/2015 / 6:06 am

      Thanks Candy! You have fabulous classic coat taste. ?? happy holidays! xx, sylvie

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