a coatigan to keep warm

are we ready for Wednesday, ladies? we are halfway through this last week of January and i am enjoying the cooler temps and sunny days here in Athens. who thinks Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow this February 2nd? spring is technically around the corner for us, as the equinox is March 19. but we all know that winter weather will stick around for a lot of us well after the official first day of spring.  today, we’re talking top winter coatigans.  

while we await Punxsutawney Phil’s verdict, i have my Ann Taylor coatigan back in action today. i have acquired a few of these sweater coats this winter and i have been loving them with everything. you may remember the one from Anthropologie i wore over the holidays (last seen here and here). i have a cashmere camel version and a cotton/wool grey version, both of which are from J.Crew and have been on style repeat all winter long. 

top winter coatigans

sweater coats come in a variety of styles, some are described as sweater blazers and have larger lapels. some are collarless and are therefore more like a classic cardigan. some are duster-length, some are thigh or hip length. they are available in so many colors and materials, you’re sure to find one that suits your personal style. Talbots, J.Crew, and Ann Taylor all have beautiful versions.

coatigan | cashmere turtleneck | ankle jeggings | earrings | booties | similar booties | similar bag | similar bag 2 

play with texture

today i am shifting into neutral to cruise effortlessly into wednesday. camel is one of my favorite colors because it’s a soft neutral that plays well across the color wheel. i am keeping it light with my Ann Taylor coatigan in soft white and camel houndstooth. underneath, i have a simple camel turtleneck. 

suede booties ground my outfit as they closely tie into my camel turtleneck, creating a chic match. skinny jeans are belted with a darker brown leather belt which ties into my darker brown leather woven handbag. 

coatigan | cashmere turtleneck | ankle jeggings | earrings | booties | similar booties | similar bag | similar bag 2 

shift into neutral

keeping things neutral or monochromatic means that i can play with a variety of textures without making my outfit feel confused or chaotic. cashmere, suede, woven leather, and denim…all work harmoniously when you keep things neutral.

coatigan | cashmere turtleneck | ankle jeggings | earrings | booties | similar booties | similar bag | similar bag 2 

fingers crossed Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow on Sunday! as January winds down, a comforting thought as we head into February is that we are ever so close to spring. have a great Wednesday ladies. go out there and put a smile on someone’s face, even your own!

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21 Comments

  1. Linda V wrote:

    gee, I love the bags you show, but I cannot afford $500 for a bag! do you have any alternative bags that are woven at a lower price??? thanks

    Posted 1.29.20
    • we’ll try to offer price alternatives in the same post. but there are so many price options offered with our daily outfit posts. from low to high. check them out!

      Posted 1.30.20
  2. Arna wrote:

    I love a coatigan for fall and spring (too cold during our long winters in New Hampshire), but they have to be able to zipper or button. If it is warm enough to wear one without closing it up, it is warm enough to wear a cardigan haha! Thanks for the links to some options. Can’t wait to check them out.

    Posted 1.29.20
    • throwing a belt over the top (this coatigan has one) is always a chic option too!

      Posted 1.30.20
  3. Cindylou wrote:

    What lipstick are you wearing? It looks great on you.

    Posted 1.29.20
  4. Carley wrote:

    Oh how I love this look. This neutral mix of colors and textures just sing to my heart. Thank you for the Wednesday smiles this puts on my face!

    Posted 1.29.20
    • neutrals are always a good idea. and i love winter neutrals!

      Posted 1.30.20
  5. Jane S wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    Love your style ! We share haircolor, since I have embraced gray hair I have stayed away from neutrals such as camel, ivory etc. Yet you do not. I feel these colors are not flattering to my skin tone, is skin tone the deciding factor as to wear or not wear?

    Posted 1.29.20
    • Susan wrote:

      I thought the same, but Camel and Ivory look great on Beth!!

      Posted 1.29.20
    • i get asked questions about color all the time. because i do wear lots of different colors that a color expert might tell me to steer away from. i’m not shy to try different color schemes so it all depends if you want to experiment. many times i’ll tie a scarf around my neck to break the color block. the subtle houndstooth pattern on the ivory coatigan pulled the attention away from the camel turtleneck. give yourself permission to try something different. and you just might discover you like to wear colors you thought were off limits.

      Posted 1.30.20
  6. Carol wrote:

    You look great. Are you growing your hair out?

    Posted 1.29.20
    • it’s longer but i’m not sure where we’re going with it. only my stylist knows for sure!

      Posted 1.30.20
  7. Susan wrote:

    Beth, love the coatigan, I invested in a gorgeous black cashmere one this season. I live in northern Maryland, so definitely colder here, but still can work on a mild day, love your look,

    Posted 1.29.20
    • cashmere is always a good idea! especially in a neutral color like black. i know you will love wearing it for years.

      Posted 1.30.20
  8. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    That’s a good soft look–and it will also be nice for brisk days heading into spring. I like the coatigan and soft camel colors. Stay warm! This is definitely the warmest winter I think I’ve ever experienced. I grew up in the northeast, but I really haven’t used most of my heavy winter things here in NC this year. I kind of miss them, though, I admit! I go walking every day and bundle up if there’s wind, but compared to so many states, we have had a very mild season here in NC. That coatigan would be ideal for what’s been here this year!

    Posted 1.29.20
    • i have been wearing my coatigans non-stop this year. we’ve had a few cold days but mostly chilly so a lighter coat is definitely the way to go.

      Posted 1.30.20
  9. Georgia Peach wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    You have a faithful following and I know you’re very busy. But often when you’re asked questions on the blog I notice you seldom answer.
    A reader today asked about your lip color and I asked the same last week.
    However,I know you often respond on YouTube.
    Just sayin’

    Posted 1.29.20
    • i’m so thankful for a large and faithful following on a variety of platforms. but it gets so very hard to field all the questions which is why i rotate answering comments. one day it’s YouTube then the next is Facebook, another day is spent on the blog and then there’s Instagram. unfortunately, a question or two will be missed. perhaps it will help to link my lipstick shades on the blog. but for now the answer is Tom Ford Exotica. here’s a link: https://rstyle.me/+XqgFIWqsQj6wqgw1etO95A

      Posted 1.30.20
      • Georgia Peach wrote:

        Great! Thanks for letting us know.
        Wasn’t chastising you. Just curious.
        Have a great day!

        Posted 1.30.20
  10. Barbara wrote:

    I love the style of this Beth – very clean and classic and neutral but stylish. Perfection. And since you mentioned Punxsutawney Phil and I live in Punxsutawney, I wanted to wish you a very Happy Groundhog Day! Best wishes to you, I enjoy your site very much.

    Posted 2.1.20

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