Chic Chicks: Cold weather calls for trendy jackets

Monta Reinfelde, Zirconia Alleyne and Amber Plunkett 

Amber Plunkett

It’s officially cold-weather time, my friends.

Mother Nature has played some evil tricks on us so far this season and teased us with a warm Thanksgiving break, but I think it’s safe to say we can no longer walk outside sans jacket. Let’s hope that speed walking to class will warm us up.

The good news is that you’ll be sure to find a jacket or a coat that not only keeps you warm, but expresses your personality and is trendy all at the same time.

Feeling tough and going for an edgy look one day? Grab a dark-colored, moto-inspired leather jacket. Trendy colors for the season are dark grays and oxblood reds.

If you’re the on the opposite end of that spectrum, you can find extremely classic and ladylike coat styles on the racks right now.

Look for structured tweed coats with classic accents like shaped collars and gold buttons. Think Kate Middleton-esque coats that taper at your natural waistline.

For those of you who live a more glamorous lifestyle, animal-print faux fur jackets are the ones for you. Solid colors, like white or black, will be versatile throughout your wardrobe and for years to come.

If you’re not ready to give up the playful qualities of bright summery colors, you will be pleased to hear that you can still find great jackets and coats in your favorite bright color palettes.

When it comes to the fit of your jacket, make sure it’s not too snug across your back and in between your shoulder blades. Shopping tip: buy your jacket a size larger than you would a normal blouse so it will fit comfortably over chunky sweaters and multiple layers.

Whatever cold-weather trick Mother Nature pulls from her sleeve next, at least you’ll be prepared with on-trend jackets.