Jackets that Won’t Ruin Your Outfit


When restaurants are able to start opening again in the Bay Area (yay), even at limited capacity, they will once again show that they can adapt to al fresco dining. Which means if you decide to dine out, you’re likely to need a warm coat.

“Well, that’s great!” you might be saying. “I have my fave North Face/Patagonia/etc puffer ready to go.” I hear you. These puffers are warm, easy to clean, and go well with leggings. But, do you really want to wear the same jacket on a girls night that you wore to the playground earlier that same day? The one with a box of half eaten raisins and wet wipes in one pocket, and a moldy cheese stick in the other?

No, I think not. You probably want something more special to head out to dinner with friends or family, especially after the long drought of events to dress up for we’ve had recently.

So, I’ve done my research and come up with five snuggly and stylish pieces of outerwear. These will complement your favorite outfit and make you look as exceptional as you are!

Everlane’s ReNew Channeled Liner in Dark Spice


This collarless puffer is less, well, puffy, and more sleek with its classic crew neckline. This puffer is available in five colors, my favorite of which being the fall-right dark spice color. The unfussy neckline makes it the perfect backdrop for your favorite scarf or face-covering bandana. As a bonus, it’s made entirely from 100% recycled polyester.


Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Parka in 54 Green

This length of this lightweight puffer is perfect to show off a great pair of jeans and booties, plus the moss green color is unexpected yet pseudo-neutral. Pair it over your favorite sweater and you are good to go. It also has a pocketable design, meaning it comes with a pouch that attaches to the inside loop on the left for easy packing. At $69.90, it’s an affordable piece as well.


Madewell’s Elmcourt Coat in Deep Navy

This luxe coat feels like you are being wrapped in a soft blanket. Constructed with Madewell’s superwarm Italian insuluxe fabric, it’s the perfect piece to bring in case you are traveling to the snow this winter season.

The sleek design means it plays well with casual duds as well as dressier ones. It also comes in a sophisticated warm tan color that has an almost equestrian feel (pull out your favorite brown leather boots with this shade.). I’m loving the super deep patch pockets on the outside that will hold masks, lipsticks, and (ok, ok), a snack for your little dinner companion.

It’s also worth mentioning that this piece is made of 68% NATIVA certified sustainable & traceable wool. This particular wool is fully traceable to farms that comply with strict levels of animal welfare, land management, & ethical work policies. Talk about fashion that gives back!

Halogen x-Atlantic Pacific Mia Cape

This perfectly pink cape will have you being noticed for all the right reasons on your next walk about town. Designed by mega-influencer Blair Eadie, this dramatic cape has three quarter length sleeves and is finished off with gleaming gold buttons. The sleeves will look lovely layered over a pair of fingerless gloves. The swingy silhouette channels the Mod-60’s for a statement piece you will be happy to layer over your neutral sweaters and leggings all season long.

Athleta Cozy Sherpa Reversible Jacket

I must admit I am a sucker for anything reversible. Two looks in one is the best way to get me to fork over my credit card. Athleta takes home the win with this cozy Sherpa reversible coat. It comes in classic black and dark navy. The Sherpa side is chic enough to pair with a casual sweater dress and tights, while the soft jersey side looks great over your workout leggings and t-shirts. The rib detail around the waist gives it more shape than your usual teddy bear jacket, adding just enough style for the grown ups.

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Laura is the founder of Merry Styling, a mom of two, and a former teacher who lives in San Francisco. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and relished the changing of seasons because it meant revamping her wardrobe! After completing graduate school at The Ohio State University, Laura relocated to San Francisco, where she taught elementary school for nine years before having her two children Noelle (6) and Lucas (2). When her youngest was six months old, Laura started working as a stylist with jewelry and accessories company Stella and Dot. Since then, she has earned a Fashion Merchandising degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, styled with nonprofit Dress for Success, and done various merchandising projects for different retail organizations. Laura knows that style is more than clothing and accessories. She has found it to be an amazing confidence booster. Finding the perfect outfit on a bad day can turn it into a great one. She is especially passionate about working with moms Laura started Merry Styling because she wants to help other moms and anyone else who feels "left behind by fashion" to feel confident, empowered, and beautiful through personal styling, closet detox, and personal shopping sessions. Follow her at @merrystylingsf on Facebook, @merrystyling on Instagram and check out www.merrystyling.com for more!


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