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9 Head-Turning Statement Coats You Should Be Rockin' This Winter

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Great style is all about making a statement and for the fall and winter season, the statement is all about outerwear.


Outerwear is arguably the reason we get so excited about bundling up and adding layers to our everyday looks during the colder seasons. But what's the apple of most of our aesthetic eyes? The statement winter coat.

From faux fur and fatigue to the classic black or khaki trench, donning a winter statement coat will have you owning the streets of your city like a model does a runway. As a native New Yorker, the winters can be brutal so investing in high quality, inexpensive coats that keep me warm is really important to me.

Read on to check out how I style some of my favorite winter statement coats.

1. A White Coat

White is one of those colors you can never go wrong with. White coats are one-part chic, one-part glam. With this wardrobe addition, you instantly add an air of sophistication to any look. I snagged this Mugler coat for an easy transition from a casual outing to a business meeting in style.

2. A Camo Jacket or Overcoat

A camo jacket or overcoat is perfect for adding a little edge and pattern to an every day look. Especially for my all-black everything lovers. You could layer with a stylish hoodie underneath or a bigger coat over it. It can also be worn alone during warmer days. Jackets with an oversize fit help make the coat a more versatile staple in your closet.

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3. A Pop Of Color

There's no better way to be a show-stopper than to wear a bold color. In a sea of neutrals, make a statement with some color. Blue, mustard, and red are all fixture statement colors during the winter season.

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4. A Textured Coat

I love to have at least one really textured coat in my closet to add spice and dimension to my outfits.

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5. A Wool Gray Coat

Gray is that neutral color that can be rocked with anything. To keep a classic winter color modern, keep the shape interesting with a dope neckline. Layering the coat with a similar colored cardigan is a great way to add texture.

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6. A Polyester Wool Blend Cream Coat

Upping the ante in your styling choices by going for a monochromatic look is not only on-trend, but when done well, is instantly luxe. I like to pair this H&M wool number with a similar color hat to add flare to any outfit.

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7. A Basic Black Wool Coat

It's called a classic for a reason. To add impact to the classic black winter coat look, opt for a well-tailored option that offers something different than the typical silhoutte, like I did with the fur collar pictured above.

8. A Wool Blend Camel Coat

Similar to the classic look and feel of the black winter coat, khaki/tan/beige - whatever you'd like to call the color - can be the same. It offers a great blank slate and can be perfect for layering other outwear underneath - i.e. a hoodie, a leather jacket, cardigan, etc. I wore two coats under mine for this very layered and stylish look.

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9. A Fur Coat

Cruella who? A fur coat is the epitome of glamour when it comes to cold weather style. Pro tip: If you're going to go fur, go vintage. This diva statement coat is bound to have you turning heads everywhere you go.

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What is your staple statement coat during the winter season?

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Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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