FALL IS HERE. And in full force. I don't think I truly recognized the validity of this statement until a few days ago when the temperature in NYC didn't reach beyond 50 degrees and the wind chill had me borderline shivering in my favorite Balenciaga leather motorcycle jacket a' la James Dean – my style icon though I fall short in the area of that perfectly coiffed hair; mine is far too curly. Needless to say, its my favorite, so no, it won't make its way to the back of the closet; I'll just layer much more heavily underneath. But the true issue lies here; How Am I Not Ready For Fall? Even the most thoughtful person can't possibly be prepared for an NYC fall, where its 70+ degrees one week and barely 50 degrees the next. I put a lot of effort, and anxiety, and near tears spending 45+ mins every morning ransacking my closet and thusly my bedroom floor to put together an outfit that I will inevitably change 3 times before I say, “f--- it,” and walk out the door; how dare fall weather dictate that I put a coat over all that neurotically hard work?
Then in as much time as it takes for me to have that emotionally jarred rant, hopefully only in my head because sometimes I genuinely worry if people can actually see me arguing with myself, I remember my penchant for statement pieces – ESPECIALLY STATEMENT COATS. Now don't be fooled into believing that a statement coat means you can be less neurotic about what you wear underneath. Unless you plan to spend your entire day outside, coat belted, at which point you're actually wearing your coat as a dress – ooooh chic – then hats off to you and I hope you bring snacks, because sitting inside a restaurant for an actual meal in a coat is about as faux pas as sunglasses at night, unless its resting on your shoulders because that's chic. Gaahh, are there enough rules for being fabulous and fashionable? Probably not.
So here we are. Daydreaming of what the perfect statement coat can do for us. In a perfect world, it would make bearing through the cold fall and winter days much more tolerable – because lets face it, chic makes everything better. And what's more? Fashion finally understands that there can be comfort in exceptional style. Male or female. Reality star or star in your reality. Bold prints, luxurious textures, exceptional detail and design, are all the things that will help us get through those sometimes unbearable days of cold weather where our first inclination is to throw on a sweatsuit but we power through...even if that means sweat pants with heels – because that's chic – and if all else fails, there's always the leopard Snuggie.