By: Amy E. Goodman, zulily Lifestyle Editor
Up and down the runways, leather or faux leather was by far the number one coat trend this fall.
Olive Quilted Moto Jacket, Steve Madden, 24.99 (zulily.com)
Charcoal Zip-Up Coat, Harvé Benard, 49.99 (zulily.com)
The “moto” or motorcycle jacket is an embodiment of the leather coat trend. In the case of the moto, it appeals to kids and adults who like a more fitted look and don’t worry…this doesn’t have to be all tough stuff either; I love the juxtaposition of a dress layered underneath, making a moto look chic and sweet! Look for asymmetrical zippers and flat front pockets and many come in colors other than black like purple, green and red.
You’ll find varsity jackets everywhere for both adults and kids, because they’re a winning combination for a sporty back-to-school look, even if you don’t have your letter quite yet. Have fun with the color-blocked sleeves: black and white is always a classic choice.
If a full leather jacket isn’t in your fashion repertoire, consider a leather accent on your outwear. You may find this as a pocket trim on a woven coat, as the collar on a trench or as a belt. It’s a perfect way to dip into the trend without overdoing it.
Puffers got loads of playtime with designers this season.. More so than ever, the fun with puffers is the variety and choice: plays on color, quilting techniques and patterns.
Black Ruffle Puffer Coat, YMI Kids, 24.99 (zulily.com)
Loden Belted Down Puffer Coat, Bill Chill, 59.99 (zulily.com)
Little kids are like fall leaves: their jackets are always falling off! In the early autumn as things begin to chill down, consider a light puffer that can be layered with other pieces like cardigans and sweaters—so that if one layer peels off, another remains to keep them warm.
It goes without saying that down is incredibly lightweight and Mother Nature’s most efficient insulator that will keep your kid seriously warm as temperatures plummet. For further protection from the elements, look for water-resistant shells when purchasing a ski coat and interior pockets made for holding hand warmers.
Get ready for a cold breeze with the Arctic trend of faux fur. Designers pretty much went crazy putting fur on everything, and here are some really wearable ways to get in on this trend for the whole family – and to channel a little Northern Exposure.
Gray Faux Fur Collar Puffer Coat, Catherine Malandrino, 36.99 (zulily.com)
Black Faux Fur-Trim, Yoki, 22.99 (zulily.com)
A total faux fur jacket is just the ticket for keeping your warm as you run around town, and looks equally great with jeans during day time or with a dress for date night.
Just a Touch
A faux-fur trimmed hood is how most people will wear the trend. Other fun hardware details can complete the look of a parka like toggles or shiny buttons, exposed zippers, epaulettes and military pockets.
Some of my favorite jackets of the season are what’s called “mixed media” or ones that are compilations of different fabrics like part-sweater, part-quilted. Throw in some mid-top sneakers and that’s what I like to call Northern Exposure chic.
CAMO & PLAID
Who would’ve ever thought that two of the biggest pattern plays in coats this season could actually work together side by side? So you grab some camo and I’ll grab my plaid and let’s head out to play!
Camo & Black Four-Pocket Snap Button Denim Jacket, Dollhouse, 17.99 (zulily.com)
Rust Plaid Bomber Jacket, CoffeeShop, 49.99 (zulily.com)
This pattern is ubiquitous this season from shirts to sweaters and pants—windbreakers, jackets and more. Look for unexpected color choices when it comes to camo…like orange on white or purple on black.
Rad for Plaid
We never tire of this classic schoolgirl staple, and with crisp updates, why should we? Whether it’s a more traditional white-black-red or a refreshed navy-green-pink, there so many instances where a great plaid coat can serve you well and keep you warm.
See more fall coats with Amy via this TODAY Show video.