Layering Coats with our Short Coats

Layering coats for women of 3 generations

Layering Coats with our Short Coats

Quote of the day: “To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

I figured this quote would be so perfect for this theme. Because many of you may think the idea of layering coats is truly crazy. Yet, I can’t tell you how eye opening the whole idea has been ever since we layered a vest over a jacket. To think that the jacket could be under something else was really an “aha” moment.

Even if you live in the warmer climates, it could be a good way to layer you’re really lightweight items for when the temperature do dip. We started with the idea of layering our longer coats, and now we will try the same concept with shorter ones.

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I wanted to tackle the issue of layering coats with this grey jacket, that I rarely wear in the winter because it’s not heavy enough.

And actually I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of different jackets that would work under this grey one. This grey leather jacket is one that I splurged on many years ago. And I really love it except that it’s not very warm. So I don’t end up wearing it that much. But to be able to combine it with another jacket made me happier than happy.

I’ve worn this white blazer before for a monochromatic look last year, but I don’t think of wearing it that much in the winter because it’s 3/4 sleeves. Therefore, I thought this was the perfect merger.

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The choker necklaces are still some of my favorites. Because with a thicker one like this pearl one, you don’t even see the wrinkles on my neck.  We could call it camouflaging with pearls, LOL! The necklace was found at the consignment store we visited in Frisco recently called the Funky Trunk.

Layering coats for keeping warm

Silver booties may not be on your wishlist, but I can’t tell you how versatile these babies have been for me.

Maybe because I do still like wearing lighter colors in the winter, along with my white jeans. If you still wear white jeans in the winter then silver booties, white booties or even light grey ones would all be perfect with them.

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Another combination that I really liked as I was experimenting in my closet is the grey leather over this red jacket. The red hangs out slightly like this white one does, and makes it look like the grey is trimmed in red. I even found an olive green jacket that worked marvelously under this grey coat. I was really surprised at how the olive green and grey look alike, and you almost can’t tell that they are two different coats.

And then I had to add in a pop of bright color with this new purse that Nancy gave me for my birthday. The purse is handmade by one of her good friends, Sheree, and the beads on it are even hand painted.

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Outer Coat: (similar here)~~Inner Coat: Boo Hoo (similar here)~~Dress: thrifted (similar here)~~Boots: (similar here)~~Necklace: thrifted (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: Freshly Funky (similar here)

Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy used her jean jacket for this idea of layering coats.

We showcased our denim jackets last spring on the blog. It’s one of those items that is so versatile; however, I don’t think to wear it much in the winter. So layering another coat under it could be an interesting way to get more wear out of it.

Layering coats for women over 60 style

Since Nancy wore her burgundy boots, she also decided to accessorize with burgundy jewelry. It’s only been lately that Nancy’s even tried wearing bigger earrings like these. She used to only wear smaller ones because of her shorter hair. Yet, I really think the bigger earrings are a great way to add some color and interest around your face.

For those of you who are the same way, I found some smaller earrings that are also in style. You could always try colorful stud earringsclustered of beads earrings, or even short tassels ones.

Layering coats for adding interest to an outfit

The tall boots are really a great investment for women in the colder regions.

Nancy has had this pair of boots for over 5 years, and they are a wonderful variety to her black and brown pair. It’s been amazing to me how burgundy is such a great color for boots. It can add a little interest to the darker outfits yet, it’s not so light that it gets dirty easily. I love how there are wide calf varieties and even extra wide in many boots.

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The coat that Nancy layered under her denim jacket is her utility coat. I talked about how these have become very popular in the fall fashion post. Since they aren’t super heavy, then layering it either over or under another coat could be smart. And I’m sure you’ll be seeing these coats come spring fashion too.

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Outer Coat: (similar here)~~Inner Coat: H&M (similar here)~~Pants: Cold Water Creek (similar here)~~Boots: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: If you have a cape in your closet, then this concept could be great for it too.

Since most capes aren’t incredibly warm since they are more open, then by layering coats under it, the cape gets more wear. My mom received this cape when we posted about coats that aren’t so expensive. Since capes aren’t your normal winter outerwear, they can also be a great deal right now. This plaid one is certainly a great deal along with this black one.

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Another way to make the cape warmer is to add in a fur scarf. All 3 of us have one of these items now, and I think they are better than sliced bread. I even wear mine when I’m inside with a cardigan. They have short ones, medium length ones,  long ones, and even infinity style ones. This is one item that I even think to take with me anytime we are travelling in the winter. I feel like it can be used to dress up an outfit, along with keeping me warm.

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Let’s talk about purses for a minute.

I know many seasons there is a hoopla about the “it purse”, but I’ve always been late to that party. I know it’s only been recently that I even have starting switching out my purses to go with my outfits. My mom, however, has a purse in every size, color and shape. And she mainly chooses the same color purse to what she’s wearing.

If you are like that too, then you probably enjoy the basic purses in black, grey or brown. I’m one of those people that describes everything as having a good and bad part to it. The best thing about changing purses, is I will find many a lost item that way. It’s amazing how many Lara Bars and sunglasses I’ve found in the bottom of my purse! Luckily I also have only 3 little bags that I have to change from one purse to another. It definitely makes it easier that way.

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My mom’s coat under her cape is a dark purple, wool one. If you have a solid colored coat that needs a little pizzazz, then adding a cape over top of it may work for you.

Another idea that I tried lately, is to wear a wrap over a coat. Since the wrap doesn’t have sleeves, I think next time I would safety pin it in a couple of spots, but I really loved how this changed the entire look of my camel coat.

Layering coats as ways to stay warm

Outer Cape: Dressylily c/o (here)~~Inner Coat: (similar here)~~Skirt: (similar here)~~Boots: (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)

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I really hope this inspires you to spend some time in your closet and see what kind of combinations you can create by layering your coats. I know I have quite a few new ways to wear mine.

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I rounded up some faux fur items to help keep you warm if you don’t love the layering coats idea.

  • Gah, Jodie, your outfit has me swooning! You know I love my pearls and that giant pearl choker is screaming to me! Then your silver booties! Yes, please, I will have me some of those. Believe it or not…out of all the boots and booties I have, I do not have silver ones! Paired with your fishnets, you are a vision of sassiness, my friend! And I am always game for a great cape so I am digging your mom’s cape with the furry scarf. So, so good! And I followed your lead the other day and layered a denim jacket under a menswear inspired overcoat. It worked quite well! But I never took pictures with the overcoat on.

    Thanks so much for linking up with me On the Edge!


    • I bet your version was incredible Shelbee!! Isn’t it so fun to come up with these different variations with what we already own???
      Thanks for all of your love and support!!

  • So working on shopping my closet right now and finding new and different ways to wear what I already have!! This is perfect for Texas weather as sometimes we need a coat to get to and from the office but then once we are inside a lighter weight coat is appropriate.

    • I’m glad you didn’t think this was too crazy, Shelly!!
      I’m trying to realize that I have so many great clothes already….I don’t need to add more!!

  • Lovely layers you got there ladies! That grey trench is my favorite. It’s super versatile and easy to style with almost anything.

    Jessica |

    • Thanks Jessica!!
      It’s been fun experimenting after all of your inspirations!!

  • Thanks Ashley!! It’s certainly different!!!

  • Love, love this idea, and all the interpretations you’ve shown! And I am seriously craving those silver boots. Thanks for linking up, xo


    • Thanks Patti!! You probably never need this idea, except when you visit NYC!!

  • Great layering ladies!! I’ll try this with my cape which is not warm enough on its own during cold Canadian winters.

    BTW I shared a few of your cool backdrop photos on my blog today …


    • Wasn’t the cape idea so smart, Carmen? I thought my mom hit the jackpot with this!!
      And thanks so much for the showcase—you’ve found some wonderful walls around your area!!

  • I would definitely use Charlotte’s tactic of layering the cape over a coat. Like exploring a city or just being out at night, you’re doubly warm. You all look fabulous!

    • Thanks Laura!!
      I thought my mom was especially clever to think of layering the cape like this!! It’s such a great idea!!

  • You ladies are experts when it comes to layering! Such genius techniques

    • Thanks Michelle…I think it’s called practice makes perfect, right?? It definitely took me awhile to find some great combinations!!

  • I’m partial to a denim jacket…& a burgundy boot so loved Nancy’s look. But that pink purse…I want it! #TeamLovinLife

  • Rebecca Saffer

    Each look is perfect and you three really rock this layering concept. The pink bag you are wearing is wonderful and I think it will look beautiful with many outfits. Rob took such a great close up photo of Nancy – what a great smile. As always, Charlotte looks so elegant and chic.

    • Thanks Rebecca!!
      This was such a fun experiment—time consuming sure, but I really think it’ll help me wear some jackets more now!!
      And isn’t Rob getting so great in his photography??? Pretty soon, we will look like we stepped off the pages of Vogue….

  • donnanance

    Jodie, you’ve done it again! Love this layering of shorter coats/jackets/capes. Your handbag is adorable. Nancy’s boots are fab! Your mom looks very chic (but then again, she always does).
    That is true about handbags…who knows what you will find lurking in the bottom. Have you used any of the purse organizers? For some reason I had several small makeup bags so I’ve been using them to corral like items. xoxo

    • That’s exactly what I use in my purses, Donna. Those “free” makeup bags you got with a gift with purchase….I think it’s brilliant, and I don’t know why everyone doesn’t do this?? I have one with the “true essentials” like 1 lipstick, aspirin, and nail file. Then I have another with coupons. And another with the extras (like sole serum, eye liner, measuring tape, elastics & safety pins). If it’s a small purse I just grab my wallet and the essential bag. Otherwise, they all get transferred!!
      Thanks for such lovely compliments, and I hope your weekend is fabulous!!

  • You all look wonderful.
    I love the total outfit.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  • Eugenia

    By now, not even halfway through winter, I know I get tired of wearing a coat. The chic option to layer up or down with jackets over jackets is fabulous. Your silver boots with fishnets, ooh la la.

    • Gosh, I feel the same way, Eugenia!! That’s why I could never do that minimalist thing, LOL!!

  • Those boots are so fabulous, Jodie! I love all of these cozy layered looks!


  • Chaundra J

    I love this idea! I have never even thought about layering a coat with a coat! Right on time with this cold weather in the South we are having! Thanks guys! You all look fabulous!

    • And you probably thought you’d never need this Chaundra….LOL!! But it might help with your lightweight jackets??

  • Carly

    I love the combo of textures you three created with all of your layering. You all look so cute and cozy, which is essential this time of year. I really enjoy your unique take on style for all ages. My grandma who is 70 was asking me about a fashion blog for her that could help her get out of granny clothes and I suggested yours. You ladies are so fun!

    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    • Thanks for the wonderful compliment Carly. Especially coming from you because you have such an incredible eye for great looks in the home and on yourself!!
      And I’m so glad your grandma is still interested in looking great!! I hope she pops over and gets some inspiration!!

  • Nikki Gwin

    All three of you had great ideas! Layering coast is something that I have never tried, but I will now! 🙂 gwingal

    • Isn’t it like one of those “aha” moments, Nikki?
      Granted it doesn’t work with every coat in your coat, but it can be fun!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I saw those burgundy boots and I thought, man… why don’t I have a pair of boots in that color? I never thought of layering two lighter jackets to get a warmer overall package for the winter, but that is such a great idea! I have been looking in my closet lately and thinking I can’t wear this or that jacket, because it’s just not warm enough. Plus, you all have pulled off such great looks! I really like how you went with a neutral look with your jackets, but the pop of the metallic boots. I’d love a pair of gold metallic boots!! Your moms fur scarf looks so cozy added to her layers!


    • I’m so glad I took the time to really work on this, Carrie. Granted I probably spent a good hour in my closet to come up with a couple of options, but I think it was worth the time!! Because now I can wear this grey jacket a couple of ways in the colder months!!
      I can’t wait to see what you put together!!!

  • Love all these looks and these pictures show so much fun! lol Cute boots,Jodie!

    ~ xo
    Sheree Ho
    Posh Classy Mom

  • I love this concept! I never know how to layer blazers or vests under my heavy coats during the winter. It’s usually so uncomfortable! And that cape is gorgeous! Thanks for linking-up with TBB!

    • Thanks Whitney!! …I feel like it all depends on which jackets and coats you try. I know it took me many tries to get ones that would work, but now at least I have some options!!

  • writeofthemiddle

    I love this whole layering of coats idea Jodie! I especially like the fact that you’re layering coats that otherwise would not get used (because they are not warm enough or for whatever reason). Love ALL your outfits … and the boots too! xo #TeamLovinLife

    • Thanks so much Min!! It’s an interesting idea and I’m so glad I tried it!!
      I think I’ll be spending more time in my closet to see which other ones I can layer…


    Great outfits! I love your grey jacket and that cape is also very cool and chic!

    Marije |

  • Kathy Marris

    Who would ever think that layering coats would work? I imagined that there would be too much bulk for this to work. However you all look fabulous. #TeamLovinLife

    • I certainly think it all depends on the jackets you are using…but I was surprised too!!
      Thanks Kathy!!

  • Pamela Graham

    I always love your features ladies – makes me wish I’d hung onto all the clothes I’ve discarded over the years when it didn’t enter my head to use them more creatively. You manage the layering so well and always avoid the BULK!

    • That made me laugh a little, because I’m trying to be better about purging things, and not expanding my closet so much…ha ha! But it is a fun task to make items work when I didn’t think it could happen!!
      Thanks so much Pamela!!

  • Great outfits! I love your silver boots Jodie.

    Gemma x

  • That burgundy and the bigger earrings look very good on Nancy! It s all about layering these days!

    • It’s true—layering really helps to keep warm in these frigid temperatures!!
      Thanks Nancy!!

  • Oh the cape over the navy coat is definitely my favourite outfit! Even if it doesn’t get cold enough for cape here I’ve been seeing some really nice ones on blogs recently – almost makes me wish we had cooler winters. Almost! haha!

    Hope that you are having a good week so far! The weather has been more bearable this week which is nice, not the crazy high temps we had last week!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • I’m so glad my mom thought to layer her cape, because it’s certainly not very warm by itself.
      But you are one lucky lady to not need such layering…LOL!!

  • Maria Kelly

    Wow – you ladies really pulled it off! I wasn’t sure about the idea but it has worked and you all look great! x #lovinlife

    • Thanks so much Maria!!
      It definitely takes some trying this out to find the jackets that would work. But I’m super glad I took the time to do it…now I can wear this grey jacket more!!

  • This is a brilliant idea. I have a few jackets I don’t wear often for the same reason – not warm enough. All of you look lovely, as usual, but your mom’s cape is just stunning with the purple jacket!

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks this could be useful, Lana!
      My mom will be so glad to read your comment…..It did turn out fabulous!!

  • I loved Nancy’s burgundy boots and Charlotte’s cape and navy coat – and you were definitely going for the “sexy” edge with those stockings of yours 🙂

  • Courtney Hardy

    The coats look so stylish!!! Looking awesome ladies.

  • Mother Daughter

    I am not sure this is anything I would ever do but you did a great job with the coat layering. I do like your fishnet hose and the silver boots, great together.

    • I totally get it….it’s certainly not for everyone, but I’m so glad I tried it.
      I keep meaning to ask you—is this Victoria?? I almost said your name back in a comment, but then I wasn’t 100% sure!!

      • Mother Daughter

        Yes it is Victoria. Katie follows different types of blogs then I do.

  • All of these looks work really well. Yours in my favorite and the pearl choker is the perfect completer item of the look!

    • Thanks Carrie!!
      It’s an interesting concept….

  • I’ve really enjoyed this series you’ve done. I think it is such a creative concept. And you have really inspired me. For weeks I’ve looked in my closet at a couple of my lighter jackets, i.e. my embroidered leather jacket, wishing I could still wear them, and now you have my brain churning with thoughts of how I could possibly still make them work, despite the Pennsylvania cold!

    • That’s exactly my thinking. And needless to say it wasn’t an easy feat. I probably spent a good hour just finding the ones that worked with this grey jacket. Both under it and over it. But I consider it an hour well spent. Better than watching tv in my opinion!!!!
      Thanks Ronnie!!

  • Bettye Rainwater

    Love the concept of layering coats (and vests!).

    PS – I bought those pink pompom earrings in your furry section, my niece has a pink faux fur coat and they’ll be adorable with it!


    • I have a pair of furry earrings in white and they always get the best reaction from people!! What a fabulous aunt you are!!

  • There are so many little accessories that i love here! The fishnets really stand out!

  • You ladies are masters at finding other ways to wear things. I love the short jackets layered as much as I loved the long jackets layered. And Jodie your boots are fabulous!

    pumps and push-ups

    • Thanks Brooke….it’s been fun to try to get creative with the clothes I have…

  • Melissa

    This trend I have yet to master, but so interested! You have master it to a T… no bulkiness here 😉 Plus, I am obsessed with those sliver booties, super stylish


    • Thanks so much Melissa. Truthfully, I did have to play around with quite a bit by trying on different coats together, so I wouldn’t say it was easy!! But I’m certainly glad I took the time to do it, so I can wear this grey coat more…

  • Imastounded

    I layer under my coats, with cardigans and scarves. Two coats are too much volume for me.

    I just can’t bring myself to wear silver booties, because they remind me of a group that wear silver booties in an annual parade around these parts. This is the same reason I can’t wear large navy and black polka dots. They are associated with a certain group, and I do not belong to that group. I will never get past these associations.

    • That’s smart to layer cardigans under your coats. And some of the coats I tried on with this grey coat didn’t work. There was too much volume, so I can definitely relate.
      And not wearing a certain item because of it’s association to another group makes sense. I’m sure it’s not the same thing, but I still don’t put together brown and orange without thinking of my high school.
      Thanks for joining in on the conversation…

  • You are the queen of layering, Jodie! Once again, I love how all of these turned out. I’ll have to try layering my lovely new vest with a coat! 😉


    • Well, queen is a word, but I’m not sure I’m that good—ha ha!!
      But it was certainly fun to see what we could come up with for this subject!!
      I can’t wait to see what you put together, LIndsey!!

  • Wonderful layering ladies! Dying over your boots Jodie and loving your mom’s cape. Just gorgeous!

  • donnaduck

    For me, layering only works with thin materials. Which is fine, because I do have occasions where I only need one or two layers where I am, and I can put a coat over top. I have a “swing coat” that’s a little roomy, so that’s the one I wear when I layer. I can even wear my jean jacket and a top under it. But other coats I have are just too form-fitting, or too warm to want layers under them.

    I love your choker, and if I ever lose enough weight that I have a neck again (haha!), I’d love something like that! In the late 60’s/early 70’s (yes, I’m dating myself here!), I used to wear chokers because they were really in style. And my boot collection has grown this winter- I bought 2 pairs of booties and 1 pair of higher boots. I love them all! They’re much more for work than out in the snow, but they definitely keep me warm. I have heavy legs and wide feet, and growing up I never could fit in high boots. But now that manufacturers are seeing there’s quite a demand for wide calf sizing, I have such a great selection to choose from! And I’m making up for lost time in a big way!!

    • I love hearing from you Donna!! The history part is what makes it so interesting—and we all have such great stories no matter how long ago it was!! Do you read Wardrobe Oxygen? Because she was talking about chokers awhile ago, and found some that worked for her neck (after she told the story about one breaking when she sneezed…ha ha). Like this pearl choker of mine has a ton of leeway to make it longer….
      And I’m so glad you’re finally getting your fill of boots!! I have noticed so many more boots with wider calfs (or is it calves?) and it’s wonderful!! It only took how long, right? Pretty soon the retailers will start realizing that they need to market to us older women too. There are some that are getting better. In fact, I just received an email from a company (who I’ll showcase soon) that was so refreshing because they commented that they are so interested to work with older audiences!! You gotta love that!!

      • donnaduck

        I know I haven’t commented for a while- thank you for being happy to hear from me! We do have that “Denver connection” after all (with my niece there!)!

        I don’t read Wardrobe Oxygen, but it sounds intriguing enough to look into it- thank you! I’m not sure if I’d wear any now, as my neck is heavy, because I think they highlight a thinner neck so nicely! Eh, but who knows!! Maybe I’d surprise myself! If I do, I’ll take a picture and send it to you!

        And I’m always looking for blogs about fashion for “older” women, especially if the site is showcasing affordable fashion. I’m not wealthy and I hate when I see something I like and find it’s $50-$100! I shop sales, free shipping, rewards, etc. I love having a bigger wardrobe that I didn’t spend a great deal on, with a few “investment” pieces in there! XOXO

        • I always love to really get to know some of my readers, Donna!! And it’s going to be even more fabulous when we get to meet up one of these days!!
          And I hear you about deals. Which is why I’ve been thrifting more lately. Of course right now my hubby has put me on a spending diet…eeeek!!!

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    Three gorgeous ladies and outfits <3

    Edye |

  • You are so right about layers in a warmer climate. Even in the hottest temps, the AC in some of the retailers is frigid! Long ago I read that it’s always best to have at least one layer for the best fashion savy. I agree that when I take the time to put some thought into clothes, I do feel more confident in a few layers!-Laurel

    • Thanks Laurel!!
      I had to laugh at your AC thought because in the summer I always say that I take a jacket for the inside, not outside!! It’s craziness!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Great examples, Jodie! I think the layering works for some folks, not for me, though, a little too much bulk. I probably don’t have the right jackets to pull it off!

    • I’m sure it depends on the jackets you have Terri. And the fact that you live in CA and so don’t need this at all!! Unless you come visit me–then it might be a whole other story…LOL!!

  • Cindy

    Yes, I’m inspired. I’ve started thinking about which coats to layer. I love your silver booties! I love a thick pearl choker too. I think I need one! I especially love your “outtakes” of y’all just talking and not posing.

    • It’s fun to find an idea that you think could work with your clothes, right, Cindy?? I can’t wait to see what you come up with because you have the best closet ever!!!

  • Such cute outfits, I’m loving all these coats!

    Lydia x

    • Thanks Lydia!!
      It was a super fun experiment, and I’ve been spending more time in my closet to figure out which other ones to layer now!!

  • Can I second your comment about how versatile burgundy boots are? I’m wearing them today on the blog in fact! They go with black, gray, blue, white, etc…. And so eye-catching. You always look good with chokers and I never notice your wrinkles. Seriously! And your mom’s cape is perfect! My daughter is trying her hand at sewing one so hopefully it will turn out. And I agree about the “it” purses. I feel like it’s when we were teens and it mattered what the jeans label was on the back pocket. I pick purses b/c I like them not b/c of the marketing!

    • Burgundy has become quite the fabulous neutral, don’t you think Julia!! Just when you have your fill of black & brown, then come burgundy that works with everything but isn’t so expected!!
      Now this cape that your daughter is sewing—is she making it for you?? Even if not, you should model in on the blog and show it off!! I’d love to see it!!
      Thanks Julia!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    The fishnets with the look are so cool. The layering is perfect.

    • Thanks so much Nicole. I’ve been loving the interesting tights lately!!

  • Eileen Flanigan Sinda

    Love the layering. Nancy’s purse is adorable. WTG!

    • Thanks so much Eileen!!
      Nancy has certainly picked up some fun items lately, and this purse is one of them! It’ll go with everything, yet it’s not just a black purse—that’s what I love about it!!

  • Laura

    I love the way the layered collars look in all of your outfits! This is a great idea to help extend the wear of lightweight coats into winter!

    • I think that’s why I was so excited when I started trying this Laura!! Otherwise they don’t get worn as much.

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    haha the last picture :))
    You all look fantastic in these layering styles. I love Charlotte’s cape ❤️
    XOXO Tina

    • There are way more of photos like that last picture than the good ones, Tina!! LOL!!

  • Franci Hoffman

    Great ideas, Jodie! I love layering, especially in colder weather.

    • Thanks so much Franci!! Layering really can make a difference, right??

  • Amy Kennedy

    Cute! Cute! Cute! And its certainly cold enough for those layers around here! I really like the fresh approach to thinking of every item in your closet with multiple roles. I also love the idea of the faux fur scarf for even inside uses with a sweater. I think I have one somewhere… in the “spare oom” if I recall! Great post!

    • You need to go find that fur scarf—it’s been my best friend lately and who doesn’t need that??
      Thanks Amy!!

  • Reading this post on a truly rare frosty morning in El Paso. Heading out for painting class and going to try your suggestions. But can’t decide which to try first. In another recent post, you inspired me to start breaking out my vests so heading to my closet now to try to recreate something similar to your fabulous looks. Love the candid shot of the three of you best of all!!

    • It’s been so funny how the south has gotten more snow and cold than we have lately–LOL! Not that I’m laughing at you, but I do feel your pain. Layers is the key, and you’re just not used to having to dress that way, so it’s almost like a challenge!! And I know you’ll do it fabulously, Leslie!!
      One of your vests over a denim jacket?? That could be the ticket???
      Have a fun day!!

  • Jodie you are really doing such fun things with layering. I don’t which outfit I like the most they are all fabulous! Charlotte’s look amazing!

    • Thanks Cheryl!! This was totally fun to try something so different from what I’m used to….

  • You finally made a believer out of me with the whole layered coats! And those silver booties? LOVE!!

    • Yay!!! My life purpose is now finished…ha ha!!! But you are so lucky you’ll rarely need this idea….until you come over to the dark side….

  • I think I like this version even better than the long over long.

    Doesn’t your Mom look elegant?

    All of these looks turned out great though.

    We are silver metallic bootie twins : ) I must commend you on your fine taste Jodie ; P


    • I was really glad I tried this because now I have some ways to wear this grey coat more!!
      And don’t you just love the silver booties—although sometimes I feel a little like a go go girl when I’m wearing them (ha ha—not that there is anything wrong with that!!)
      Thanks Suzanne!!

  • All ideas look super-cute, not sure whether I like your look or Nancy’s more, but those both look more like my style. I also love that cute pocketbook you have, but I have to say that the stand out line for me is “camouflaging with pearls.” LOL. If only I could wear jewelry right at the neck like that, but alas even my turtle necks are cowls.

    • Well, I’m glad I could make you laugh a little, Jennifer!!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • These are the posts that underscore the necessity of your blog, Jodie. You take the “Oh, I’d never” and turn it into a “Hey, I could…”

    Like Monday’s post…clever, innovative, inspirational!

    • Well, isn’t that the nicest compliment ever, Em?
      Sometimes I wonder when I’m putting these outfits together if I’ve gone truly bonkers. But I have to admit that I’m so glad I figured out how to wear this grey blazer even in the cold weather.

  • Judy Gramith

    Charlotte has absolutely nailed not only the coat layering concept but also given us a practical and very fashionable way to make a cape suitable for cold weather. Her look here is elegant as well as functional. Her skills as a seamstress and teacher simply can’t be overlooked. Your mom knows her stuff and her taste for a classic silhouette is evident here. Bravo Charlotte!!

    • You really know how to make my mom feel special Jude!! Because I’m sure these words will put her on cloud 9 today!!
      You’re the best!!

  • Kellyann

    I think layering jackets is genius and you can bet I’d hop aboard that train if it was cold here! That pearl choker you scored at the consignment shop is fabulous! Love that you called it camoflauge for your neck wrinkles, hahaha, I am going to look for a pearl choker! Those silver booties? Yes, please. I’d love a pair, very cool.

    • Thanks Kellyann!! I saw these silver booties on another blogger and thought I had to have them….aren’t they fun??

  • Karen

    So many great ideas here. I was immediately drawn to your pink purse – so very cute with the beads! And while I started there, let me just say that I also change out purses and it’s a real pain UNLESS we do something like you mentioned – have the little bags of things that transfer over. I do that too or else I’m afraid I wouldn’t switch! How easy it is to fill up a large purse, then when you go to a smaller one it’s a nightmare of what to take along! The small organizers help a lot! Your outfit to me is so perfect in a lot of ways. I like the neutrals together and the look that creates. It’s a great idea to get more mileage from a 3/4 sleeve jacket by combining it with long-sleeved! And the fishnets are also high on my list of favorites! I pretty much pack my denim jacket away when it gets cold, but no more, thanks to Nancy’s inspiration. I like how she tied her nail polish into the look also, with the burgundy boots! Your mom looks office-ready in her cape over her coat! She is just so classic and classy, and since I lean very much to the classic, I always find inspiration in what she puts together. This cape over the coat is perfect! Just like when you did your leopard poncho over your coat, I wore my checked poncho over a jacket after seeing that and wondered why I never thought of it before. You always think outside the box and it’s truly inspirational!

    • Your comments are always such a delightful read, Karen. I can’t tell you how much they mean to me because you cover my entire post!!!
      I’m so glad I can be an inspiration. And it’s not as though I’m super creative. But I do think that now that i’m retired, I have time to play with my clothes and be a little different. I would never have come up with much of this when I was working. Too many other things to worry about then….
      And I realize not everyone enjoys trying new things with their clothes….but that’s why having a blog is fun. I find people who are like minded and actually think I am not off my rocker…ha ha!