By Kristin Kalning / Special to Sunday Market
After our gorgeous summer, it can be hard to stomach the cooler temps and falling leaves. But cheer up. Autumn means that it’s time to pull out the coats and boots — or, better yet, invest in some new ones.
Yes, it rains a lot here. But you don’t need to sacrifice good looks for warmth and water-resistance. Case in point: the flattering, mid-length Stella Grace Jacket by The North Face ($210 at The North Face). The waterproof coat sports a stowable hood, a removable belt and a sleek silhouette.
Mixed-media coats — which pair different fabrics and textures — were popular last season and continue to be so. The Via Spiga Zip Front Mixed Media Coat ($228 at Nordstrom.com) is smart and slimming, with faux-leather waist panels adorning a tweed body. And the sophisticated Michael by Michael Kors Faux-Leather-Trim Belted Trench (on sale for $190 at Macy’s) features a tan-and-black color combo along with a cotton/poly body and quilted faux-leather sleeves.
Another good option is the hooded Eddie Bauer WeatherEdge Mackenzie Trench Coat ($179). It’s lightweight, windproof and waterproof, but still packs plenty of style. Speaking of style, the pointed collar and welt pockets on the Nautica Hooded Toggle-Front Duffle (on sale for $150 at Macy’s) let you work the duffel-coat trend without looking like Paddington Bear.
And if you simply must have a puffy coat, check out the cute BCBGeneration Hooded Quilted Down Packable Puffer (on sale for $140 at Macy’s), which has stretch panels at the waist for a more fitted shape.
Fashionable men will like the vintage-military look of J.Crew’s Garrison Fatigue Jacket ($188), with its shoulder epaulets and multi-pocketed exterior. For chillier days, try the slim-fitting Nau Plaid Print Down Jacket ($225 at Nordstrom) or the James Dean-worthy Guess Wool Patch Pocket Hooded Bomber (on sale for $150 through today at Macy’s).
If anything can make parting with your flip-flops palatable, it’s this season’s crop of boots and booties.
Lace, buckles and embellishments are all the rage, and you can test out the look with the budget-friendly lace-up Steve Madden Troopa ankle boots ($99 at Nordstrom), which come in six great colors. The adorable Miz Mooz Fiji Bootie ($175 at Nordstrom), in black, brown or wine, has buckle details around the shaft and a clever concealed wedge heel.
If you’ve been eyeing the moto-boot trend, now’s the time to take the plunge. The easygoing Born Raisa Short Engineer boots ($140 at Eddie Bauer) come in a beautiful brick red. Or splurge on your dream moto boots — namely, the Frye Veronica Shortie ($268 at Zappos.com), which are super-soft, durable and cute with everything from skinnies to dresses.
Looking for something a little more simple? Try the almond-toe J.Crew Chelsea Boot ($268) for a mod, ’60s-inspired look. Aldo’s Fiera ($120) sports two zippers and a higher Cuban heel, for a slightly funkier variation on the ankle boot. And, for a departure from the usual black and brown, try the on-trend navy-blue Boutique 9 Isoke Booties (on sale for $170 through today at Macy’s), which have a pointed toe and silver-tipped heel.
Over-the-knee boots are big this season, but the style can be tough to pull off. Two to try: the sophisticated Ann Taylor Cody Over the Knee Leather Riding Boot ($248), with a stretchy back panel, and Vince Camuto’s Bollo knee-high boots ($163 at Amazon.com), which have a studded detail down the back.
Riding boots are a timeless classic, and if you’re looking to invest in a new pair, have a look at Eric Michael’s Montana ($190) — a best seller at Market Street Shoes, in Ballard. If you have hard-to-fit calves, check out the Ecco Hobart ($230 at Zappos.com), which has three adjustable buckles and a rich brown leather upper.