Why you need a coatigan in your wardrobe

Over the years, I've built up a small collection of sweater coats, or coat-igans. They're practical, cozy, and do a great job dressing up an otherwise boring outfit. They are also extremely versatile, which is why I've kept them on my winter wardrobe rotation year after year. Wear it as a sweater, a coat, a dress, a blanket, an airplane pillow, you name it. I've done it.

One of my style icons is my friend Ashley, who designed her own line of clothing as well as

my wedding dress

and this coatigan. She spent a lot of time in high school talking me out of jean shorts and cutting my own hair and introduced me to a world of covetable dry-clean-only clothing and taught me to recognize a quality garment, excellent tailoring, and the offbeat, unique, and unusual things that you can only find in fashion. Like a fur hat that makes you look like a cone head, or lace-up suede wedges with cut outs and 4 inches of height.

These pictures were taken a few years ago, and I love that I'm still wearing this outfit today. I've been keeping an eye out for a gray one that's work appropriate, and finally found

this option

at Madewell that is worth the investment and on my Christmas wish list!

Photo credit:

Andrew Sheppard

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