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Stylish Monday: Chic & Cozy Coats

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Stylish Monday: Chic & Cozy Coats

chic and cozy coats
chic and cozy coats
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Chic and Cozy Coats

muskrat coat
When’s the last time you saw a South Florida girl in a fur coat in her backyard?

This Florida girl has always had a thing for winter jackets, coats, sweaters, scarves, and boots. I don’t know if it’s because I’m originally from New York or because I love the cold, but any chance I get to throw on one of my chic and cozy coats, I’m thrilled.

Needless to say, living in South Florida, I don’t get much of a chance to adorn my winter gear. Often it’s all about sleeveless. Oh sure, we get a few days in the 50s, but generally, a leather jacket or wool poncho is all you really need, of course, with boots on my tootsies!

Interesting side fact: I probably have more boots in my closet than any Florida girl you will ever meet. It’s almost scary.

So, when I had the chance to collaborate with some fabulous lifestyle and fashion bloggers from many different places, you might say I jumped at the chance to dig out some of my own chic and cozy coats! What a fun topic!

Chic and Cozy Coats for all Seasons

faux leather coat
Of course, in South Florida, I’m lucky when I get to wear coats like this faux leather one above, from Ann Taylor (2019).

Pre-Covid, when hubby and I would talk about vacations, I would always champion going somewhere cold so I could wear a jacket. On the other hand, Gary (hubs) apparently doesn’t realize we already live in a tropical climate, and he always talks about traveling to other tropical climates, LOL. Think the Keys, Hawaii, the Bahamas.

Because we don’t get to visit cold climates often, I have donated most of my heaviest winter coats, but I’m taking this chance – this cozy and chic blog collaboration, to share a couple of my favorites (lighter Florida styles, too) that I still hang onto in the hopes I’ll wear them again at some point. Hint, hint, hubby!

Love Ann Taylor jackets like the one above, especially on sale! I have my eye on one or two on sale right now!

Chic and Cozy Pea Coat? Yes Please

navy pea coats

The coat above where I am playing in Central Park’s leaves was purchased just two years ago because it was perfect for the weather in New York in November 2019. My other coats were too warm or not warm enough. Alright, fine – maybe it was just an excuse to go shopping. Still… it was the perfect coat for the weather! Mine isn’t available anymore, but the above coat on the right, from Shein, is, and it is an absolute steal for $30.00! It comes in so many gorgeous colors!

How’s This for Chic and Cozy?

muskrat love

This is vintage perfection, and I love it! It’s my mom’s custom-made muskrat coat, and it doesn’t get any more chic and cozy than this. Or warm! The last time I wore it, it was on a trip to Louisville for a Bar Mitzvah, and it was just as much fun wearing it with my black tie dress as it was, pairing it with jeans and boots.

Chic and Cozy Après Ski Coat

après ski coat

Another blast from my past, this après ski jacket was and still is one of my favorites. It’s at least 15 years old and like new. I take it to New York a few times a year and hope to again one day when Covid gets kicked to the curb. It’s been everywhere that’s freezing with me, from Canada to Maryland (that’s us in Maryland, above). Just perfect with jeans, which is my usual traveling outfit.

Winter White Chic and Cozy Coat

winter white cozy and chic

The above coat is a White House Black Market favorite. There’s something about winter white that I adore. Again, I don’t get to wear it much – especially since the pandemic, but it sure was fun to take it out and throw it on for this pic! There’s another cute winter white one I like that’s still available, but I’m refraining – for now! And the faux leather leggings that everyone can’t seem to get enough of are Spanx and still available – yay!

And yes, I’ve also got a few trench coats, but they’re really your basic khaki and black jackets, so I decided to save your eyes from looking at any more pics of me and to focus instead on what some of my fabulous friends are wearing. Such amazing style!

All the Chic & Cozy Coats of My Fellow Lifestyle & Fashion Blogging Friends from Around the World

Chic & Cozy Julie

Julie – Fashion Trends and Friends –  Winter coats, jackets, gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves are all a must-have living in Illinois!  Of course, a girl can never have too many varying colors, lengths, and styles!  I might have two closets full!  This long length plaid (I’m always mad for plaid!) coat was a must-have from Old Navy this year!  It’s the first plaid coat in my collection!  I think it pairs great with my star sweater and these navy fur-trimmed boots.  Every winter, I think I might add a coat or two to my collection!  After all, it is the thing everyone sees first in the winter!

Chic & Cozy Nancy

Nancy in her coat

Nancy –  Nancy’s Fashion Style -I always have a lot of trouble finding the perfect winter coat! This one wasn’t! On the blog post from last Friday, I am wearing the perfect one. This one has fabulous color, but that’s all it has. No pockets, no lining, no collar. It was given to me, and I really loved the color, but I passed it on!

Chic & Cozy Amy

Amy in her coat

Amy – Amy’s Creative Pursuits – As a Wisconsin Gal, we have severe winters and live in parkas all season long.  I have parkas of all styles, lengths, and colors filling my closet, but for this challenge, I wanted more of a statement coat, so I chose a very old pea coat that rarely gets worn. It’s a fun, unique coat, but not that practical for my climate.

Chic & Cozy Suzanne

Suzanne in her coat

Suzanne – Ask Suzanne Bell – As someone who wears a lot of black and denim, a fun coat is an instant game-changer. From animal print to bright red – I like my coats to be fun. Throw some faux fur into the mix, even better. And yes, I have been known to wear a coat over my pajamas!

Chic & Cozy Nina

Nina Anders in her coat

Nina – Sharing a Journey – I love styling coats and jackets in the winter, layering accessories, playing with shapes and colors.  In today’s post, I am sharing a few thoughts on elevating your coat styling game.

Chic & Cozy Andy

Andy in her coat

Andy – Pearls and Pantsuits – I’ve had this snuggly leopard print coat from Chico’s for several years now and find myself reaching for it again and again. It’s the perfect little layer for our milder winters and for my cold office! Not to mention that anything leopard is always a good idea!

Chic & Cozy Nicole

Nicole in her coat

Nicole – High Latitude Style – In Interior Alaska, winter lasts about seven months. Temperatures can be anywhere between 40 below (or less) zero to slightly above the freezing point. While around the freezing point, a loden coat works fine, a heavy down coat is a Must at 40 below. These coats make everyone look like the Michelin Men.  Shearling or goat coats work fine down to -30C (~-22F).

Chic & Cozy Emma

Emma in her coat

Emma – The Style Splash – “It has turned really cold and frosty here in the UK, so I need a warm coat. This vintage cream one is perfect as it’s long and has a hood to keep the snow off my hair…yes, we’ve had snow! I found it in a charity shop for less than £10…such a fantastic bargain!”

Chic & Cozy Ada

Ada in her coat

Ada – Elegance and Mommyhood – I think coats are a closet staple if you live in the Midwest. We have had our share of cold weather and snow, as you will see from this post, today, but overall it is mild (that means in the 30s & 40s for us). Speaking of closet staples, if you don’t own a Winter White or Cream one yet, you should. I think a classic wool coat in cream will be timeless, and it can last you for several years to come. I love mine (it’s from Loft from last year and both Loft and Old Navy have almost identical ones this year). Stop by the blog today to see sweet Vivian also, in a pretty blush pink coat.

Chic & Cozy Shelbee

Shelbee in her coat


Shelbee – Shelbee on the Edge – I have a bit of an obsession with coats, especially since I live in a snow belt where winters are long and frigid. And I am usually drawn to dramatic statement coats, which I love to search for in thrift shops. That is where I found this Jordache white faux fur coat a few years ago, and it cost less than $10. I don’t wear it often, but when I do, I feel like a fancy polar bear! 

So there you have it! Some of my fab friends in their favorite chic and cozy coats! Fun post, right?

But Wait! Where Do You Think You’re Going? I’ve Got More to Share!!

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My new boutique, Shopping with Gigi!   Have you had a chance to check it out? I “opened for business” this past December for the holidays, starting with a small inventory of novelty gifts for the savvy woman, and let’s say, opening it up during holiday time might not have been the best time to do so, lol. I was frantic about getting out orders in time for the holidays, and I think, luckily, I just made it – yay!!

However, In all transparency, OY! Maybe I was too ambitious! I haven’t been able to devote the time I want and need to get things moving faster, but I’ll get there. Thanks to those of you who have already visited, purchased, and shared my little endeavor with friends and family. It is so appreciated.

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Julie Augustyn
    January 10, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Gwen,

    I’m so happy you joined our monthly Stylish Mondays! You’d never know that you’re in south Florida with all your cozy and chic coats! You’ve got quit the collection!

  • Reply
    Shelbee on the Edge
    January 11, 2021 at 6:14 am

    Hi Gwen, so nice to meet you! I am so happy you have joined our fun little group. I am loving all of your coats! I live in Northern New York in a snow belt so I have a bit of a coat addiction myself! Your mom’s fur coat is absolutely stunning! I have a thing for dramatic furs as you can see from my coat choice for this prompt. This was super fun to read how you have transitioned from a New York climate to a Florida one. I couldn’t do it! I am much more a cold wether gal even though I am freezing all the time!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      January 11, 2021 at 7:43 am

      Hi! I’m so glad to meet you, too. What a fun first collab for me! Just looking at your photo makes me miss the snow so much! Looking forward to more fun posts! Happy Monday!

  • Reply
    Rosemary Davis
    January 11, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Gwen,

    You have an outstanding Florida coat collection!
    Of course we are living in the tropics with mild winters, but we do love to travel.
    And hopefully, we will be enjoying wearing coats and visiting cooler climates soon.

  • Reply
    Amy Johnson
    January 11, 2021 at 9:09 am

    You have an amazing coat collection for a Floridian!

  • Reply
    Nancy
    January 11, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Very stylish ones! It’s so nice to have you in our group!

  • Reply
    Nicole from High Latitude Style
    January 11, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Hi Gwen,

    Happy New Year. Nice to e-meet you. Thanks for joining our group. Interesting that you are from NY. I lived in Albany for a while when I was at SUNY.

  • Reply
    Rena
    January 12, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    As a SoCal gal myself, I totally empathize with “coat envy” which hits me every time I see another blogger sharing photos in a wintery backdrop.

    Rena
    www,finewhateverblog.com

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      January 12, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      I totally agree! We we are I’m usually trying to get the shot before it gets too hot!He’s so much for reading my post!

  • Reply
    Susan
    January 12, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Your coat collection is amazing, Gwen!

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      January 14, 2021 at 10:44 am

      Thank you Susan!

  • Reply
    Andy
    January 12, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    I’m loving that winter white one. I’m on the hunt for one now. Nina styled a gorgeous ivory coat in her post and now you in yours! I think it’s a sign I need one! Lol!

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      January 14, 2021 at 10:45 am

      I saw Nina’s. It was fabulous!!

  • Reply
    Michele Linton
    January 12, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Such a fun post Gwen! My favorite is the winter white coat you got from White House Black Market! I love that store, and have purchased so many great things there! Your mother’s coat is also fabulous – so glamorous and chic!

  • Reply
    Darcy
    January 12, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    I love all these different coats!

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      January 14, 2021 at 10:44 am

      Thanks D’Arcy!

  • Reply
    nancy Weiss
    January 13, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Being that I grew up in the midwest I have several coats and now living in Florida I sometimes miss the opportunity. You have a great coat collection!

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      January 14, 2021 at 10:44 am

      Maybe we should just keep the air on at 55?

  • Reply
    Judyarazoza
    January 13, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Gwen This might be my favorite post of yours! I do love a good coat and the ones pictured here are so creative . My favorite are the animal
    Prints and vintage furs. Of l were to get a fur, l would thrift it!

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      January 14, 2021 at 10:43 am

      I love animal prints! I may need to pick one up to add it to my coat collection! Thanks for reading! 🙂

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