Hot off the bus from my Atlanta trip with sun-kissed skin (I’ll be sharing that experience later) and I’m smacked in the face with rainy, chilly, Michigan weather. I had to wear a coat, A COAT y’all. However, I decided to roll with the punches and spruce up my day the best way I know how: through fashion.

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Since I have to wear a coat, I wore my favorite coat, a neutral color blocked coat I designed and constructed a few years ago. I know typically when color blocking is mentioned the first thing that comes to mind is bright and bold colors, Yves Saint Laurent and Piet Mondrian. However, I went the less typical route when I designed this jacket and I used neutral colors. Partly because I was on a camel kicks (I have a bad habit of falling for a color and fixating on it) and blocking neutrals gives a garment more flexibility of pairing and wardrobe longevity. Those are both elements you want in a coat.

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This coat is one of my favorite pieces I’ve designed. It’s a very simple and minimal coat, yet it’s carries a lot of structural and visual depth. Also, it has cheetah print lining and I love, love, love cheetah print. The pairing versatility I previously mentioned is pretty great too. I can easily pair this jacket with various colors and patterns. It can be a causal coat or worn for a special occasion. Today, I was going for a subtle look, I paired my coat with faux leather pants and a black peplum top. I added extra pizzazz by accessorizing with statement items in the similar tones. A camel beret, crystal statement necklace and black patent leather and cheetah print mohair shoes to give the look an extra pop and pairing perfectly with today’s neutral skyline.

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Hats: Thrifted (similar) // Earring: Forever 21 (similar) // Necklace: Purple Love // Jacket: Noir Hart // Top: INC // Pants: American Eagle (similar) // Loafers: Sam Edelman (same style)

I Cross my Hart,

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