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Contrasting fabrics give winter coats an edge

Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review - One of the many mixed material coats available at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside. This one isa black hand picked cashmere, curly lamb and mink 3/4 coat. (price available upon request).
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Justin Merriman  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>One of the many mixed material coats available at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside. This one isa black hand picked cashmere, curly lamb and mink 3/4 coat. (price available upon request).
ZAPPOS.COM - BB Dakota 'Cecille' puffer jacket with vegan suede trim ($124), available at zappos.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ZAPPOS.COM</em></div>BB Dakota 'Cecille' puffer jacket with vegan suede trim ($124), available at zappos.com.
ZAPPOS.COM - Sam Edelman mixed-media down jacket ($125), available at www.zappos.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ZAPPOS.COM</em></div>Sam Edelman mixed-media down jacket ($125), available at www.zappos.com.
ZAPPOS.COM - Jessica Simpson faux shearling and faux leather moto jacket ($110), available at www.zappos.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ZAPPOS.COM</em></div>Jessica Simpson faux shearling and faux leather moto jacket ($110), available at www.zappos.com.
ZAPPOS.COM - Nanette Lepore 'Gravity' wool peacoat with leather sleeves ($598), available at www.zappos.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ZAPPOS.COM</em></div>Nanette Lepore 'Gravity' wool peacoat  with leather sleeves ($598), available at www.zappos.com.
ZAPPOS.COM - MICHAEL Michael Kors cropped down nylon jacket with faux fur foldover collar ($350), available at www.zappos.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ZAPPOS.COM</em></div>MICHAEL Michael Kors cropped down nylon jacket with faux fur foldover collar ($350), available at www.zappos.com
ZAPPOS.COM - Cole Haan asymmetrical zip wool-blend coat with leather details ($595), available at www.zappos.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ZAPPOS.COM</em></div>Cole Haan asymmetrical zip wool-blend coat with leather details ($595), available at www.zappos.com.
KOHL'S - Apt. 9 faux-leather motorcycle jacket with ribbed-fabric collar ($140), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>KOHL'S</em></div>Apt. 9 faux-leather motorcycle jacket with ribbed-fabric collar  ($140), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com.
RAOUL - Raoul structured wool/leather coat ($840), available at www.bloomingdales.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>RAOUL</em></div>Raoul structured wool/leather coat ($840), available at www.bloomingdales.com.
REBECCA TAYLOR - Rebecca Taylor wool coat with quiltled leather sleeves ($572.80), available at Bloomingdale's.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>REBECCA TAYLOR</em></div>Rebecca Taylor wool coat with quiltled leather sleeves ($572.80), available at Bloomingdale's.
MODCLOTH.COM - 'Katie's Adventure' timeless coat ($84.99), available at www.modcloth.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>MODCLOTH.COM</em></div>'Katie's Adventure' timeless coat ($84.99), available at www.modcloth.com.
MACY'S - Michael Michael Kors mixed media peacoat ($360), available at Macy's stores and www.macys.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>MACY'S</em></div>Michael Michael Kors mixed media peacoat ($360), available at Macy's stores and www.macys.com.
WALLIS - Black and white tweed and wool coat ($96), available at www.wallisfashion.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>WALLIS</em></div>Black and white tweed and wool coat ($96), available at www.wallisfashion.com.
MACY'S - Vince Camuto mixed media jacket ($229), available at Macy's and www.macys.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>MACY'S</em></div>Vince Camuto mixed media jacket ($229), available at Macy's and www.macys.com.
AEROPOSTALE - Aeropostale wool peacoat ($45), available at www.aeropostale.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AEROPOSTALE</em></div>Aeropostale wool peacoat ($45), available at www.aeropostale.com.
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review - One of the many mixed material coats available at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside and SouthSide Works. This one is a felted wool sleeve, rex jacket with leather trim. (price available upon request).
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Justin Merriman  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>One of the many mixed material coats available at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside and SouthSide Works. This one is a felted wool sleeve, rex jacket with leather trim. (price available upon request).
BURLINGTON - Women's mixed material coat ($49.99), available at Burlington stores. See website for locations, www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>BURLINGTON</em></div>Women's mixed material coat ($49.99), available at Burlington stores. See website for locations, www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com.

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Top trends for coats

Modern: Graphic color-blocking, shiny zippers and black-leather accents read of-the-moment. Add-ons complement the vibe.

Feminine: Shades of pink and girlie accents like bows and peplums feel so ladylike. Luxe accessories take it up a notch.

Voluminous: In long- or shorter-sleeve styles, boxy cuts make a fashion-forward statement. Sleek extras keep the look in proportion.

Sporty: Furry hoods, drawstring waists and more make parkas fashionable and functional.

Source: People Style Watch

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 5:53 p.m.
 

Combining dual fabrics into outerwear is the coolest way to keep warm as winter approaches.

Mixing materials gives a coat cool details, says Gregg Andrews, Nordstrom fashion director. “These coats make a statement. It's kind of like an ensemble. We saw lots on the runways. This type of coat can be the centerpiece to an outfit.”

The trend, says Marissa Rubin, senior market editor for People Style Watch, “gives you a classic-looking coat with a little bit of edge. The textures give the outerwear a new look. And it doesn't have to be big. Details such as ruffles or trim can be done in a different fabric to create just that little bit of intrigue.”

Gwendolyn Covington, a style editor for zappos.com, says mixed-material winter coats are a fresh update to your outerwear wardrobe. The mixed materials draw attention with textures, such as leather with tweed or suede with fur, that give a futuristic twist to your everyday look, she says.

The best fabrics to combine are leather (or vegan leather) with tweed or wool. Leather is often used on the arms of a coat and offers a sleek, shiny, smooth surface that stands out next to tweeds that often have a matte, multitextured feel, Covington says. The more the fabrics contrast, the better they pair.

When it comes to mixed-material coats, the best look seems to be longer lengths, at or right above the knee. More coat means more opportunities to play with mixed materials. And, if it's long enough, you can add a belt as a third detail to the mix, Covington says.

“Leather mixing, wool mixing, tweeds and paneling are all ways to mix fabric and material to create something special,” says Josh Saterman, Macy's fashion director. “A mixed-media coat of any kind looks great in all-over black, or black with a slight pop of color with navy, gray or even red.

“We love mixing leather and cottons for a parka,” Saterman says. “This is a great look for running around town. We love boucle mixed with tweeds and basket-weaves as we move into winter. The options, though, are endless.”

Look to designer Rebecca Taylor for an example of how to create this look, says Lindsay Huggins, senior fashion market editor for Self magazine. For herself, Huggins bought a camel coat with peach, quilted-leather sleeves, which are removable. Not only will it keep her warm, she says, “it's really cool-looking.” The leather sleeves toughen up the look a bit but avoid a motorcycle-jacket look.

“Outerwear has become a statement piece,” Huggins says. “If you are tired of buying the same old peacoat, try a mixed-material coat. These mixed-material coats are sharp and modern, and I don't see them going out of style.”

If you are leery of mixed materials, you can choose a color-block option, which gives the “multiple” look without different fabrics.

Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside and SouthSide Works offers coat combinations such as mink, cashmere and lamb; rabbit and fox; a wool vest with a leather string belt; and a cape made of fur and cashmere.

“These are really investment pieces,” says owner Roberta Weissburg. “People today want options, and these coats give them options. They show creativity and interest in the use of dissimilar materials which complement each other. These coats are more interesting.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at jharrop@tribweb.com or 412-320-7889.

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