11-11-19 THIS WEEK: Guide to Outerwear

November 4, 2019, 5:48 pm by MSP


Current mood: Warm and cozy.

A warm winter coat will keep you "snug as a bug" while showing off your chic style. 

This week at MSP: The Ultimate Guide to Outerwear. Your complete guide to the best warm sweaters, jackets and winter coats...just right for your body type!



The air is cool and crisp making it perfect weather for a stroll through your local farmer's market or a city walking path. Enjoying nature’s beauty while its cool and crisp invigorates your mind, body and soul. All that's probably need right now is a light jacket or a couple of layers to keep you warm. However, soon (especially if you live in a colder climate) you'll need a real warm winter coat to bundle up in.

November is the best month to procure a winter coat. The selection is still at its peak. There is a vast array of top-quality jackets, sweaters and winter coats to choose from...while the prices are just starting to drop! Hitting the sales right now means a marked-down price on a quality wardrobe basic...which gives you the best CPW (Cost-Per-Wear) for many seasons to come.

It is getting cold! Don't be left out in the cold (literally) without a good winter coat or jacket! This week at MSP we explore the latest winter coats and jacket trends and help YOU select the best styles based on your body shape. 


Bundle up with MissusSmartyPants winter coat and jacket suggestions based on your body type!


When it comes to bundling up--what winter coat will you be wearing this season? 

Will it be last year’s coat, or do you need a new one? If it's last year’s coat...are you sure this style is flattering on you? This week's style article will help you decide your best jackets and winter coat styles based on your shape.


Vivid colors and luxe textures are hot trends right now...

Since a winter coat is an investment piece you’ll want to get the most bang for your buck. You’ll want to invest in a winter coat that flatters your body type and in a color that is attractive for you as well. You’ll want to take note of certain areas of fit like: the shoulders, underarms, sleeve and coat length. A little of style knowledge before you buy will make your coat investment really pay off for years to come.

In winter, your coat is the first thing people see! Your coat should “Show Your Style” SYSter. What does your current coat say about your style? Since you rely on your winter coat (often daily) to make a good first impression-wear one you love. Think about your shape when selecting a new winter coat. Do you have a curvy shape or full bust? Or are you slender and tall? Perhaps you are petite. There are particular coats and jackets that are best for each of these body types/issues.

Depending upon your climate (and lifestyle) you may need several all-weather or warm winter coats. You may want a dressy coat/jacket and you probably need a couple of casual options as well. Let MSP show you which styles are best and help you decipher a good fit when trying on coats at the store. There are certain things to look for when trying on-let's get the right fit and style. Invest in the right coat and you'll enjoy it for many seasons to come!


This week: the complete guide to outerwear (sweaters, jackets, winter coats)

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MSP's Weekly Style Mission

Strike a pose!!! 

This week's Style Mission is to take photos of your "award winning" outfits

Take a "selfie" while wearing a fabulous outfit you have created (or lay the outfit on the bed and snap away). Use these outfit photos in the future to help inspire more flattering outfit combinations. When you get your look right... the right silhouette for your body type, a photo is best to record the look so you can re-create it again.


Getting lots of compliments on your style? 

Take a photo of that fabulous outfit!


Short on time? Wondering what to wear? Scan through your saved "outfit selfies"...and pick one. Stylish dressing has never been easier!


What SYSters Are Saying


  • Thank you for your article on accessories this week. It was just what I needed to boost my wardrobe. My work “uniform” this time of year is jeans and a t-shirt with 3/4 length sleeves. Depending on weather, I add a jacket, or cardigan, or vest. I thought since I was wearing a casual tee, I didn’t need accessories. How wrong I was! This week I added a scarf, silver cuff bracelet, and small hoop earrings to one outfit. I added a belt, statement necklace, and studs to another outfit. I changed it up every day. Loved the different looks- and the compliments! I do have a couple questions though. I read somewhere that a long lariat or Y necklace helps give a longer look with the vertical line. I’m only 5’1” so I’m all about the longer look. I’m also heavy (size 14), with an ample bosom. Can I wear this kind of necklace without it shouting “Look at my boobs!”? Next question. I have some very nice pins in my jewelry collection. Can I wear one on a blazer AND wear necklace? Or is that too much? Thanks a million!


  • Dear SYSter, I LOVE hearing your story about the power of accessories! Yes, they truly are amazing (as shown in this week's article). They add so much to basic outfits-that you really don't need a large wardrobe with the addition of a clever accessory or two. I love how you explained what you wore and the accessories you added-how the accessories made your look different each day (and got you compliments). Based on your body type and being petite, I would avoid a long lariat or Y necklace. (you can try one on in a store and see) I think it will probably bring attention to your shorter height and bring attention to your bust. To answer your pin (brooch) question....Yes, yes, yes! Wear them. Add them to a blazer, on a cardigan, to hold a sweater closed, on a wool cap, knit cap, added to a long scarf wrapped around your neck, etc...I try to add a pin when I can because they are so under worn they bring a fun, unique look. If you wear one on a blazer-your necklace, if you wear one, should be very simple and small. One accessory needs to be the star. Hope that helps. Love, Leslie MSP


Dear SYSter Leslie,

First, I want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I am enjoying and benefiting from the advice you give each week in my personal profile.  I have not had to spend nearly the time or the money that I feared would be required to give my wardrobe quite a lift!  The best part is I am now receiving regular compliments on my appearance that I credit directly to you!  

Many thanks! Karen


Help Me MSP With Skirt Length....

Dear Leslie, 

Would you address skirt length with boots and hosiery? 
Can you please tell me something about length of skirt versus height of boot? Can I wear a knee length boot with a knee length skirt, if there's just a couple of inches in between or would that look clunky? thank you, Kathy
Dear Kathy,
Let's first clarify what skirt length to wear with your boots and hosiery. Knee-high boots are perfectly okay to wear with a knee-length skirt, and they'll help keep your legs warm in colder temps. If you're going for a casual look, wear flat riding boots and keep the skirt fitted. If you're going to wear a heel, feel free to choose something in a fabric that flows, like chiffon, and wear a boot whose shaft is snug on your leg. Having a couple inches in-between the skirt and boot is okay to do...it's more about personal choice and what you feel looks best on you (with or without hosiery...see what works best by using your full-length mirror).

It's really all about fit and the proper proportions. A boot with a short shaft or a flat sole is going to make you and your legs look shorter, so your clothing should be fitted and sleek. A taller-shaft boot, and one with a heel, will give you height, so feel free to experiment with pattern and color on your top half. Stick to the basic leather colors of black and brown.

Love, Leslie MSP

Hi Leslie,

I wanted to thank you because today I had (what is for me) a big step.  Even though I have all the head knowledge and know all the steps to cleaning out the closet, I have not been able to get motivated to make a dent. However, the regular messaging from you is very reinforcing and somehow when I heard you say "edit" your wardrobe, that term really helped make it less painful.  I was able to embrace that and I brought 15 items to consignment today and they took them all.  I also filled three shopping bags of clothes and shoes for donation.  I have lots more to go, but your encouragement got me to make the first leap.  

Thanks for all you do!


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