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Beat the Winter Blues: Transform Your Winter Coat

It’s the winter lull: the time between the holidays and the start of spring. Now is the perfect time to dig into your closet and find new, fun ways to wear your favorite pieces, including winter coats. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite tricks – attaching accessories to completely change the look of a coat. Click through for instructions and shopping options under $100!

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    Click through to see how I made these changes, plus shopping options!

  • The Before 2 of 11
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    Start with any winter coat - or even a blazer - that you want to spruce up. Mine is 4-5 years old, from Banana Republic. I still love this coat but I've worn it so much, I was inspired to mix it up! Click to the next slide to see the result.

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    How I did it:

     

    1. I removed the matching belt and added a brown leather belt. This trick also works well with any dress that has belt loops. It instantly transforms the coat (or dress) and adds a bit of color and texture. 

     

    2. I bought this fur collar from H&M about 2 years ago for a steal. To attach it to the coat, I used two big safety pins under each side of the lapel to hold it into place. 

     

    The result feels like a brand new coat! Now it's your turn: click through for 8 shopping options under $100!

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    This collar is my top pick if you have an off-white, ivory, or gray coat. The subdued colors will look great in a monochromatic color scheme!

     

    Get the look from Nasty Gal for $72.50 on sale.

  • Go For A Bohemian Vibe! 5 of 11
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    I can't get enough of the '70s bohemian vibe of this attachable collar. Add it to your vintage coats and blazers for a personalized, groovy touch.

     

    Get the look from ASOS for $69.87 on sale.

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    You'll look prim and proper with the addition of this collar to a winter coat or turtleneck sweater. Pair it with black or red.

     

    Get the look from Ann Taylor for $70.99 on sale.

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    This collar is my top pick for a camel coat two slightly different brown tones would look great together. Or go for more of a contrast with a black coat or blazer.

     

    Get the look by Hat Attack from Zappos for $71.99 on sale.

  • A Deep, Luscious Brown To Pair With Prints 8 of 11
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    This collar looks great with a printed coat, as shown here, or wear it with a navy coat and brown boots.

     

    Get the look from Fossil for $39.99.

  • A Luscious Look 9 of 11
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    Try this gorgeous collar over a colorful coat such as cobalt, burgundy, or plum. Or go neutral with a deep gray.

     

    Get the look by Adrienne Landau from Neiman Marcus Last Call for $70 on sale.

  • Leopard Never Hurt Anyone 10 of 11
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    Skip the chilly metal of a statement necklace this winter and wear a cozy jeweled collar instead. This one will look equally cute over a black peacoat when you're outside, and over your sweater (as shown) when you're inside.

     

    Get the look by David & Young from Macy's for $25.99 on sale.

  • Silky, Soft, and Sensual 11 of 11
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    This silky black collar is the perfect addition to any olive, gray, or black coat this winter. Which option is your favorite?

     

    Get the look from ASOS for $25.41 on sale.

     

     

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