Q. Could you give me some ideas for an everyday fall/winter jacket (for Minnesota)? I want something stylish, but casual. I have a short, navy J.Crew pea coat (and other longer coats), but I'm having trouble finding a cute, flattering jacket. I'm 5'2, size 4 and in my forties.
A. For a casual everyday coat with a heavy dose of style (and warmth), look no further than faux fur coats, or coats with faux fur trim and lining. Though nothing but a super heavy down parka will brave the bitter Minnesota winters, these coats will take you through fall -- or perhaps even further with some strategic layering underneath.
Since you're petite, look for belted styles or lengths no longer than mid-thigh for the most flattering look.