As the air turns more crisp with each passing day, full-fledged fall has nearly descended upon us. Just as the leaves are turning, so too should your fashion focus turn—to outerwear. Picking the perfect coat to carry you through fall is a serious matter. The ideal topper should be appropriate for multiple occasions, possess day-to-night sensibilities, and make you feel instantly and unconditionally fabulous. So, if you have yet to find the ultimate cold-day cover-up, then take the sartorial plunge with one of these styles. . . PastedGraphic-17

DAY Birger et Mikkelsen Knitted Coat

The Rise of Oversize: This season, invest in an oversized, yet sleek, topper like this one from DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen. Its voluminous shape is the perfect mélange of avant-garde and comfort, and with ample room for layering underneath, this eye catching piece can be worn over an ensemble that is ready for the runway or running errands . Only you and your cozy confidante will know the difference.

PastedGraphic-14ETRO Brown/Clay Belted Tweed Poncho . Highly Cape-Able: If you’re looking for a statement piece with less of a fabric commitment, then may I present to you the cape coat. Functional in fabric yet ladylike in style, the cape coat achieves just the right balance of autumnal glamour. For the ultimate comfort, wrap yourself up in this rich-textured tweed poncho from ETRO. . . PastedGraphic-15French Connection Inverted Collar Trench Coat
Entrenched in Style: If volume is a trend you’d like to avoid, define your waist with a belted trench. While the trench coat is a timeless piece that is reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour (see: Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca), this season the classic silhouette has undergone a bit of a makeover. From two-toned and leather-infused to colorful trims and bold prints, the reinvention of this topper can now suit every woman’s taste. For a look of understated femininity, try a collarless style such as this one from French Connection. . RELATED: The Trench Coat—A Fashion Icon . . PastedGraphic-16Zara Masculine Studio Overcoat . Calling Your Blush: While pink is seen by some as an all too overt signifier of femininity, this season’s approach to the color is much more subdued. Choosing the palest pinks to dusty damask hues, designers drenched their autumn collections with this rosy, cool toned palette.  This blush coat by Zara balances the hue’s inherent sweetness with a sharply tailored shape. . .

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  • Debbie October 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Love these coats!! I’m also loving the idea of a jacket worn in a sexy “what is she wearing under that” kind of way. . There’s a video about it on YouTube at and I’m looking forward to rocking my new coat this fall!

  • Catherine September 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Transcending time and age as well…lovely!

  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 27, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Love these fall coats. I especially like the pale pink coat since it will be a great look for spring coats. Versatility! The capes are great statement pieces especially for taller women, sigh. Thanks for searching the Web to find these new looks, Caitlin.