Q. I just discovered your website and love it... My question is: I'm attending a black tie affair with my husband in January. I have purchased a long, strapless, satin black dress from Ann Taylor that I love for this evening event. We live in a very cold area- what kind of coat should I wear? I have several long, wool coats (one is a pea coat, another is plain) but they seem too casual. I won't wear fur. Also, what length should the coat be?
A. I admit sometimes I have sacrificed warmth in order to wear the shoes or dress that’s best for the occasion. I figure, I’m going from the car or cab straight to the event. And I walk quite fast so even if I had to park a car, I can be quick to get into the destination. That said, it doesn’t mean I enter looking like a schlub. I choose the best jacket or coat that works with my outfit. So say something nice to your husband and perhaps he’ll drop you at the door of the party while he parks the car and say thank you a few extra times. It’s hard to find a long enough coat to work with a formal gown and even if you bought one, I don’t know if you’d wear it enough to be worth the investment. So look for a dressier style coat whether long or short to pair with your gown and pretty gloves and scarf if needed.
1. Tulle Funnel Neck Coat, $78 at nordstrom.com
2. Kristen Blake Fluted Sleeve Coat, $248 at nordstrom.com
3. Mackage Cape, $369.99 at bloomingdales.com
4. INC International Concepts® Double-Breasted Empire-Waist Coat, $74.81 at macys.com
5. Juicy Couture Faux Fur Swing Coat, $448 at saks.com