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Statement Outerwear Trends

Yes, it is finally statement outerwear season! Just like last year, outdoor socializing calls for some serious statement pieces. If you are like our personal styling clients, you are probably sick of what has been hanging in your closet for the last two years. Thank you, Kyle for rounding up this season’s trends for us!

So which statement outwear item am I lusting after the most? The Levi’s quilted faux leather puffer vest in black is one of the best values in this week’s blog. It’s the perfect replacement for one I wore for over a decade until it got ruined by a nametag at a kid’s school event. I’ve never gotten over it and have been on the hunt ever since. We actually sold the Levi’s vest to a client in brown last week after Kyle put it in the blog!

Let us know which statement outerwear trend you love the most, and which piece you might try in the comments below.

Happy Shopping!


Kyle and Lani twin in their faux leather for a rainy day of shopping day last week at Tyson’s Corner. Picture snapped at Nordstrom. Kyle’s faux leather shirt jacket by Theory. Lani’s faux leather joggers are from Betsy Fisher.

Leather Everything

Real or faux, leather always adds a fashionable edge to your look. Did you see the Instagram story we posted from Nordstrom in matching black faux leather last week? See above in case you missed it! Kyle has been rocking the faux leather shirt jacket look lately. We’ve been adding leather trenches into our clients’ closets for a few seasons now. Who is going to try out the fabulous NVLT Faux Leather Puffer Coat below?

Avec Les Filles Belted Faux Leather Trench, $179

Alice and Olivia Susan Diamond Quilted Jacket, $595

Sanctuary Faux Leather Belted Shirt Jacket, $99

Lafayette 148 Alden Quilted Leather Jacket, $1,698

NVLT Faux Leather Puffer Coat, $219

Kobi Halperin Ezra Belted Leather Trench Coat, $1,298

Levi’s Quilted Faux Leather Puffer Vest, $68.90

Also at Macy’s in Black and Ice and in Extended Sizes

Printed Puffers

Printed puffers are a pretty fresh trend. Farm Rio is a hot brand that kickstarted the printed puffer trend. I love this idea because we all need a puffer coat for practical reasons. Are your bored with the plain black ones after all these seasons? My black puffer actually has a subtle star pattern printed on it. There is nothing subtle about the Farm Rio Black Animal Sky Puffer Jacket!

Staud Ace Floral Puffer Coat, $495

Nordstrom Cristina Martinez Puffer Jacket, $129

Johnny Was Tropical Reversible Down Parka, $528

Boden Brecon Puffer Coat, $260

Mother Drop Pillow Talk Puffer Jacket, $545

Antik Batik Purple Dobby Paoli Coat, $593

Farm Rio Black Animal Sky Puffer Jacket, $300

Wray Roberta Puffer in Midnight Daisy, $315

Sea Sydney Print Tie Waist Quilted Coat, $795

Farm Rio Long Reversible Puffer Coat, $350

The Modern Fleece

This is not your utilitarian fleece. Yes, you can be comfy, cozy, and stylish in a fleece jacket! No more excuses. Go forth and find a cute, modern fleece. And, don’t forget to remove the ones that may not be as cute from the coat closet :).

Kule Beanie Jacket, $368

Uniqlo Pile-Lined Fleece Long Sleeve Jacket, $39.90

Barbour Birling Fleece Jacket, $190

AllSaints Suri Bomber, $459

Helmut Lang Patchwork Fleece Jacket, $450

Rails Peyton Quilted Shearling Style Jacket, $268

Frame Mixed-Media Pullover Fleece, $398

Pendleton Larkspur Button-Up Fleece Jacket, $119

Rails Dean Fleece Jacket, $248


The shacket has been a hipster-ish, statement outerwear piece for the last few seasons. I haven’t embraced the trend because they were not interesting and/or feminine enough for my taste. There are now enough options out there to get into this practical, cozy trend. My favorite shackets are the ones that are longer in length, which I find to be more flattering on most women.

Old Navy Soft-Brushed Utility Shacket, $74.99

BlankNYC Plaid Shirt Jacket, $98

Bagatelle Animal Print Shirt Jacket, $158

Joes Firnanda Shirt Jacket, $298

Ted Baker Emerii Oversized Belted Shacket, $495

Veronica Beard Amari Plaid Tie Waist Jacket, $750

Nic+Zoe Everywear Shirt Jacket, $168

Rails Steffi Buffalo Plaid Wool Blend Jacket, $268

Which is your favorite outerwear trend? Which pieces might you try this season to help you feel stylish while socializing outdoors? Let us know in the comments below!

Real Life Style is a style consulting firm that teaches busy women to wear their power so they can live their lives fully and confidently. Lani Inlander and Kyle Dunphy are based in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and serve clients nationwide. We offer personal styling services, an on-demand e-course, corporate services, and training to become a personal stylist.

Once in a while, you can find Lani Inlander and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Mostly, they are happily busy serving their fabulous clients, not hanging out online!

(2) Comments

  1. Ann Cassidy Bernard says:

    Levi puffer vest has been ordered. Considering another purchase or two. Thanks for the recommendations!

    1. Fun! Which color did you order?

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