Wrapping up winter

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Guess double-breasted plaid coat available at Dillard’s.
Eileen Fisher open front coat available at Dillard’s.
Laurel fringe-trimmed coat available at R Meyers.
Laurel glamorous wrap coat with shawl collar available at R Meyers.
Eleventy short-sleeve coat available at R Meyers.
Lilac stadium-cloth cocoon coat available at J. Crew.
Leather motorcycle jacket available at J. Crew.

Open your arms and slip into a new coat.

At first chill, the tempting styles and rich fabrics are as welcoming as a 70-degree day in January. This winter’s crop of outerwear includes updated classics, prints such as plaids and patchwork, and pretty colors to brighten dark days.

“Coats and jackets are the ultimate fashion accessory,” said Cindi Shelby, owner of R Meyers in Nichols Hills Plaza. “Gone are the days of buying one winter coat for warmth every few years. They complete looks and there’s a huge variety of styles, shapes and moods from the classic trench to coats with volume, like the balmacaan, to the newest and all-important bomber jacket.”

Leather, shearling and fur both real and faux make an appearance every year. While black leather is a staple in many wardrobes, camel-colored leather offers a nice change and in many ways is just as versatile as black.

If a bomber jacket is already hanging in your closet, consider a knee-length captain’s jacket accented with strong shoulders, epaulettes and brass buttons or a cropped pea.

Other stylish options include capes, puffer coats, sweeping dusters and voluminous styles so big they could wrap up you and a friend.

As with clothing, sometimes it’s the little details on coats that make a statement. Look for fur and leather accents, fringe trim, toggle closures and shawl collars that ad a bit of sophistication and glamour.

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