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Trendy Coats for Fall & Winter (Updated Photos) – Mature Woman Seeking Cute, Comfortable Jacket for Long-Term Relationship

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

Right now, I am trying to find a sweater-coat or a jacket or a regular coat or anything warm in my closet. And, guess what? Nothing looks right with my new boho style. And, nothing fits. And, everything feels tight in my arms. And… hello? What was I thinking? It’s fall, but I’ve been in denial… until I just stepped outside and felt the cold rain blowing right through me. And, soon, it’s going to be snowing up here in the foothills.

So, I guess it’s time to update or upgrade or upsize my coats… unless I’m actually going to lose 10 pounds in the next 5 minutes. Well, I haven't bought a new coat or jacket for several years... probably about 6 years. I'm fashionably frugal.

biker jackets

Shopping for Coats That Look Good on a Woman Over 50 or 60

It’s not that I hate shopping, because it’s so much fun to shop online, but outerwear can be expensive, so I'm always careful to ensure that I end up with something that I'm really going to wear... something that won't end up hanging in the back of my closet.

Unfortunately, I just don’t have a classic, off-the-rack body. My apple shape looks best when I'm wearing silky, flowing tops over gypsy skirts or when I'm wearing long tunics over leggings and boots… I wonder what gypsies wear when it’s cold. Oh… they probably get in their caravans and head south.

And, as that is not an option right now, I decided to do a bit of online research to find the cutest coat and jacket styles for winter:

Biker Jackets: I never thought I would end up liking moto jackets. I usually go for something a bit softer and less masculine, but I’ve seen tons of photos of celebs wearing motorcycle-style jackets over long maxi skirts, so I’m going to give this a try. I even have the same type of hat, a large-brimmed fedora, that all the famous fashionistas seem to wear with their biker jackets and maxi skirts. Lucky me.

read about coat trends

Cardigan Sweater Coats 2014 2015

Cardigan Sweater Coats: If you live someplace with a climate like Seattle or London, there are going to be hundreds of times when a “real” coat will be too hot, too heavy, too much. And, sweater-coats (or coatigans as these heavy jumpers are called in the UK) are easy to fit because knits stretch to fit your shape. I already have a crocheted sweater-coat and it looks great with my boho clothing, but I think the one I have is designed to be worn in Southern California. It's more for looks than for warmth.

long coats for women over 50

Maxi Coats: I have loved maxi and midi coats since the 70’s. You can wear them over everything from mini dresses to jeans. To me, they exude hipness and personality.

Teddy Bear Coats: This is the new name given to fuzzy or marled coats, and some of the Teddy Bear coats remind me of baby blankies. Soft and cuddly. Need I say more? (See example - second coat in main photo at top of page.)

Jewel-tone Coats and Jackets: I have loved jewel-tone colors (sapphire, emerald, amethyst, topaz, ruby, etc.) since I was a little kid, and these colors are absolutely perfect for wintery days and evenings. As far as I know, every woman on earth has at least one jewel tone that suits her coloring... and probably more than one. And, these beautiful hues will cheer you up on the gloomiest of gloomy days.

Puffer Coats: I’m not a big fan of puffer coats because I'm always afraid they'll make me look like the Michelin Man, but if you can find the right one, and it’s nipped in at the waist or it’s belted, get it. Puffers look great over leggings and boots... and what else are you going to wear to the dog park?

Belted Coats: I love belted coats. Anything with a belt, from a trench coat (mac) to a maxi coat, can make me look like I have a waistline. So, just imagine what a belted coat will do for you.

read about coats & coatigans fall 2014 winter 2015

Cute Coats & Ponchos

Military Coats: I don’t look great in military coats (unless they're floor-length Russian types or they're made out of fabulous material in a fabulous color), but I thought I'd mention that tailored military coats are still en vogue, because most of you look great in them.

These are just some of the coats that the "serious" fashion writers talk about in fashion mags and online fashion sites, but I think my list includes the best of the bunch. Yep. I think these are the winter coats and jackets that you’re really going to wear… in the real world… in real life. And, I don't want to see you waste money on stuff you're not going to love.

More Fashion Articles for Baby Boomer Women:

The 2 Fashion Rules for Grown Women

Seasonless Clothing for Snowbirds & Rainbirds: Seattle & Southwest

Best Jeans: 5 Denim Trends for Fall 2013 / Winter 2014

How to Wear Leggings if You're Over 40, 50, 60

Photo Credits: prshots.com.

  • Main Photo: I lost the caption when we updated this site, but I think all of these are from LaRedoute.com.
  • Moto jackets - Debenham, Missguided, Desa, Laredoute, Simply Be (plus size)
  • Coatigan Sweater Coats Fall 2014 Winter 2015: Phase Eight, Monsoon, Apricot.
  • Cute Coats & Ponchos: Betty Barclay, East (2), AX.
  • Other Photos: put curser over photo for credits.
  • The black and white tribal coatigan on Pinterest was from Monsoon 2013.

What do you think of this article? Leave a comment at the bottom of the page. Tell us about your favorite coats.

Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. mileah

    I am a newbie blogger looking for some inspiration for the over fifty group! I think I found a friend!

    • Tina-Boomerina

      Sorry I didn't respond earlier. I'm trying to find new photos because 1/3 of my pics were wiped out when we updated my site.

      What do you blog about? If I can help you in any way, let me know. I'll email you and if you want, you can send me a link. We need more older bloggers to cut through the noise created by the babies under 30.

      Tina Boomerina