There’s nothing cute about the knee-length puffers we’ll all end up wearing if this winter turns into another like last. But in the gentler months to come, let’s assert our power by investing in the right transitional outerwear to speak to our personal sense of style and lifestyles that are thrillingly and somewhat stressfully filled with work, carpools, Target runs, date nights, and more. Bring on the wear-with-anything vests, coats, and bombers for real mommies, please!
The only problem you’ll encounter when sporting this ultra-chic boiled wool drape coat from Garnet Hill is constantly being stopped on the street to ask where you procured it. Reviewers say it’s flattering, comfortable, and easy to throw on. We say it looks awesome with jeans or leggings but is equally appropriate with your finest work or evening duds, eliminating that I-can’t-where-my-North-Face-to-the-office problem and making you feel a little fancier as you stand in line to buy toilet paper. Available in four great colors, $248.
Might we suggest ditching your puffer vest in favor of something a bit more grownup and streamlined? This quilted offering from J. Crew is sleek and will keep your core warm without the unkempt look of a massive alternative. Gold hardware lends an adult feel, too. Go classic in black or navy or have some fun with pink, yellow, or ivory. Your kids will not be embarrassed to have you join them at the bus stop in this piece, we promise. $120.
Now, that’s how you rock a knee-length coat. And forget spending $600 or upwards on this season’s selection. At a cool $99, H&M‘s faux-fur trimmed option is a clear winner. Green mamas take note — this piece is part of the brand’s conscious collection, and is created from recycled wool. With wind-blocking warmth and earth-friendly origins, you can feel great about this only-looks-luxe purchase.
Preppy mamas and glamazons alike will get a kick — or at least a pretty pep in their step — out of this palest candy pink one-button design from Calvin Klein. Effortlessly chic, feminine without being over-the-top girly, and easy to toughen- or dress-up, this coat may just be the answer to what to throw on in the morning… every morning until the snow falls. $228 at Nordstrom.
The right bomber says so much. It evokes cool, just a hint of youth, and of course the message that you might be packing wipes and a soccer ball in that minivan, but there’s still a chick-about-town underneath. For the sake of cost and the fact that it’s vegan, we’re in love with Free People’s vintage-look version this season. Available in sizes 0-12 at Bloomingdales.