Dress coat for spring

There’s something to be said about a summer dress – one piece and your done! But Spring has its (sorta) equivalent: the dress coat! It’s that piece which can totally transform an otherwise simple or even boring outfit.

This one-of-a-kind example, designed by EMILY PAYNE, has been a godsend this season. (You may have seen it in THIS POST.) Here I’m wearing it with my favorite dressy pants by Eileen Fisher, a simple white tee, and a pair of Jimmy Choo peep-toe pumps.

Spring dress coat with Eileen Fisher pants

It makes so many spring outfits fabulous. When I’m in Santa Cruz, California it might be warm during the day but then cools off considerably by evening. When I want to look extra elegant, chic, and/or dressy, it’s the perfect outer layer!

Emily Payne dress coat in the arboretum
Wondering about the backdrop? It’s the Australian/New Zealand section of the arboretum of the University of California in Santa Cruz.
How I like to style this velvet dress coat

Hopefully, you got a glimpse of the beautiful red spring coat that Liliya beautifully styled with a play of patterns in THIS POST, In contrast, the velvet coat I’m wearing here features so much detail – of design, texture, and print – that I like to keep the rest simple. That means sticking with black and white or going monotone. I also wear it with jeans and a tee.

Close up of spring dress coat

You probably aren’t accustomed to seeing me in pastel colors. Fortunately, the coat offers a buffer – with the black collar and sleeves – between the Easter hues and my face, which would otherwise look more pallid. I’m thinking that on very bright days, a lightweight dark-colored scarf might also be a nice addition.

Dress coat by Emily Payne

I hope that you like this look with my outfit with a spring dress coat by Emily Payne. I must confess that I am planning on making it into my fall dress coat later on by bringing out the darker tones as I did HERE.

XO, Janea


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18 Comments on #OOTD – The Wonders of My Spring Dress Coat

  1. Nancy
    April 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I love the look! I think it all works great together, and I just love the trousers!

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    • Janea
      April 17, 2017 at 1:19 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thanks, Nancy! The jacket and trousers are definitely favorite pieces of mine! xo

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  2. Gellie
    April 17, 2017 at 9:54 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Janea, you totally look gorgeous in that dress coat. I have yet to try a dress coat but I have this feeling that it would make me look shorter? I don’t know. Any tips? 🙂

    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

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    • Janea
      April 18, 2017 at 11:35 am (2 weeks ago)

      Hi, Gellie! I’m so glad you asked. Petite women can certainly rock a statement or dress coat. Check out this post by Liliya, for example: A Kate Spade dress coat ‎(She is very Carrie Bradshaw in shape.) Bright colors look awesome, as well as a coat that hits the thigh. Another fabulous option is a fit and flare (preferable not below the knee) with a low V neck. If you want a dress coat, I would definitely suggest giving these tips a try! 🙂 xoxo

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  3. Ashley
    April 18, 2017 at 8:45 am (2 weeks ago)

    I love a killer statement piece like this coat! Too fun!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    • Janea
      April 18, 2017 at 11:29 am (2 weeks ago)

      Thanks, Ashley! xo

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  4. Yvonne
    April 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm (2 weeks ago)

    You look stunning in this outfit Janea! The dress coat is very beautiful and I can imagine many ways of styling it! What a beautiful location and lovely photos!
    xo Yvonne
    http://www.aproposh.com

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    • Janea
      April 19, 2017 at 7:31 am (2 weeks ago)

      Thanks, Yvonne! It has been so rainy lately. I love the feeling of this arid-looking spot! xo

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    • Janea
      April 19, 2017 at 7:28 am (2 weeks ago)

      Thanks, Meghan! xo

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    • Janea
      April 19, 2017 at 7:28 am (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you, Paola! Kisses to you too! xx

      Reply
  5. kate
    April 19, 2017 at 5:29 am (2 weeks ago)

    You look amazing! The coat is fab, but I absolutely love those trousers!
    Kate xx
    themakeupartistschoice.com

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    • Janea
      April 19, 2017 at 7:26 am (2 weeks ago)

      Thanks, Kate! xx

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  6. Stella Asteria
    April 19, 2017 at 5:43 am (2 weeks ago)

    Such a wonderful dress coat my dear Janea! Perfect for spring and even for winter if you layer it under a winter coat! Such an amazing find! Love the way you wore it here, so cool and elegant at the same time! You always impress me with your styling!
    Thanks for sharing and have a great day!
    xo
    Stella
    http://www.stellaasteria.com

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    • Janea
      April 19, 2017 at 7:26 am (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you, Stella! I love your layering idea for winter! xo

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  7. David
    April 19, 2017 at 9:48 am (2 weeks ago)

    Beautiful!

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    • Janea
      April 19, 2017 at 10:38 am (2 weeks ago)

      Thanks, David!

      Reply

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