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Mixing it Up: Coat and Scarf Combinations

Every day, you put together an outfit.  You mix-and-match pieces.  You choose accessories.  And then, in the cold weather, you hide it all away under a coat and scarf.  So let’s breathe a little life into your fall/winter color palette.

You will notice none of these coats are black.  I don’t own a black coat.  Yes, black is classic, but at some point, you’re just blending into a sea of black coats that all look the same from a distance.

Blush Cuyana Scarf ($75) // Burgundy Dorothy Perkins Coat ($119)

Burgundy or eggplant coats are nice because they’re a versatile cold weather color.  You can pair your wine-colored coat with a blush scarf to soften the look.  Need a neutral?  Try grey, like this $13 oversize scarf.  Looking for even more punch?  Go with deep teal.

Olive LL Bean Boiled Wool Coat ($199) // Navy Twist Knit Infinity Scarf ($8)

An olive-y green and navy is a chic combination because it’s neutral, but impactful.  I adore this LL Bean coat with it’s funnel collar.  Such a good price for a warm coat.

Looking for a non-infiniti scarf?  Try this East Dane scarf.  If you need more of a neutral, try an ivory scarf. If you want a subtler contrast, try something in sage.

Beige H&M Double-Breasted Coat ($129) // Leopard BP Scarf (sold out)

Sadly, every time Nordstrom restocks this scarf, it sells out in a day.  I also love this pricier Chan Luu scarf in a grey, snow-leopard look.  Or, for under-$75, this grey-ish J.Crew scarf and this classic Talbot’s scarf.

Not into leopard print?  I would pair an ivory coat with a plaid scarf.  I like this marigold/navy one and this taupe/mauve/navy one (drop dead gorgeous).

Grey Cashmere Top Coat ($365) // Rust Roberto Cavalli Scarf ($174)

Lastly, I’ve always liked rust and grey together.  Rust is really an under-appreciated color.  It is a really warm neutral that looks good with any neutral (except black).  For a less expensive scarf, try & Other Stories.  Other colors to pair with grey besides black include mauve, pine, and mustard.

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  1. Mila says:

    Any recommendations on how to store lots of scarves for easy use? I’ve tried hanging in the closet (take up a lot of room), rolling in a basket (get too wrinkled), and folding in a drawer (out of sight, out of mind) so I’d love any suggestions!

    September 26, 2018/Reply
    • Melissa says:

      I use an Ikea scarf hanger (looks like they’re no longer being produced) similar to this:

      Fully loaded it doesn’t take up any more room than coat.

      September 26, 2018/Reply
      • EmIly says:

        I installed a towel rod on the back of my closet door and have my scarves looped on it (the side of the door that closes In) I’m fortunate to have a deep closet, so this works for me. It’s an easy way to spot my scarves!

        September 26, 2018/Reply
        • AVV says:

          Find a hallway/empty wall that could use some color, and put up a bunch of hooks. I covered both sides of the small entry hall in my apartment with 3M hooks and hung all my scarves (20+). It adds a great swathe of color, and it’s very easy to grab on my way out the door. Bonus: it helps enforce the “one in, one out” rule – once the hooks are full, I have to be willing to part with something to make room for something new.

          September 27, 2018/Reply
    • Mila says:

      Love all these suggestions 🙂 Thanks, ladies!

      September 28, 2018/Reply
  2. M says:

    This is so helpful (I don’t think of colors with grey but want to try these). Echoing others that the content has been extra on point lately!

    September 26, 2018/Reply
  3. anna c says:

    I have an eggplant wool coat that I adore. Would you still pair that with blush or would you choose a different color?

    September 26, 2018/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Different color. Try grey, navy, or a lighter purple.

      September 27, 2018/Reply
  4. Kate says:

    wonderful combinations.

    September 27, 2018/Reply
  5. Karen says:

    Staring down our 126th day in the triple digits here in AZ, this post makes me want to cry with jealousy, haha.

    September 27, 2018/Reply
  6. Jackie says:

    What would you suggest for a cranberry colored coat? I love the ModCloth scarf you posted but I’m not sure if it would be the best combo. What do you think?

    September 29, 2018/Reply
    • Belle says:

      The Modcloth was more of a cape than a scarf. For cranberry, I would think a blush, a navy, a gray or a camel would all be nice.

      September 30, 2018/Reply
  7. CaitliN says:

    I love a classic grey + neutral plaid. A white or creamed-based plaid looks fantastic, you just have to be careful to keep it off the ground and away from lipstick.

    October 2, 2018/Reply