I do love boucle

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Boucle, for those who don’t know, is a fabric made with yarn that has a looped or curled ply, which gives it a kind of nubby texture that I think is chic as hell. I like it best on sweaters and outerwear, and think it looks especially great on this Isabel Marant Etoile jacket.

The inverted lapel and cocoon shape of this coat from Cos are quite stylish details.

A big old huggy scarf that comes in a few good colors, including this excellent pale pink.

I like the utilitarian feel of this jacket, and the faux-layered details at the neckline and sleeves.

My overcoats are always black, but this cute blue one makes me want to mix it up a little.

Another coat with a nice cocoon shape, and an unbeatable price.

The oversize look of this crewneck appeals; here’s something similar and less pricey.

Coats that tie at the waist can be tricky and bulky if you’re not super-skinny, but this one sidesteps this problem by only cinching part of the waist. I also just think it’s got a pretty winning silhouette.

I’ve shown you Iro’s Shavani jacket before: I think it’s a perfect blazer alternative if you think you look awful in blazers, and is just as polished. Here’s one in army green that’s marked down.

This big, roomy hoodie from Vince looks like the coziest thing maybe ever.

A snappy little jacket that sort of has the shape of a cape, but without the what-do-I-do-with-my-handbag conundrum that a cape presents.

A fantastic, long cardigan that you could layer both under and over.

A Woolrich coat in a fantastic, deep red, and with satisfyingly deep pockets.

I just think this coat is desperately chic: the interplay of colors is so good, and so is the texture.

This hoodie is in my shopping cart over at Net A Porter, and I just might go for it: I love the geometric print and ever-so-slightly cropped fit.

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    Ann
    7 Nov 2019
    4:18pm

    I feel so seen…I look horrible in blazers because I have no shoulders and a good size rack. And a menopause belly. If I want a blazer to button, the shoulders reach both US coastlines at the same time. And my pin-head looks even smaller. Definitely will give the Iro a look.

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    Darcy
    7 Nov 2019
    5:38pm

    What about the Alice+Olivia and Vince pieces? How does one fit those arms into a coat/jacket without bunching up crazy uncomfortably? Advice? ~thx

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      Kim France
      7 Nov 2019
      6:12pm

      I think you’ve just got to wear pieces like that with coats and jackets that aren’t too tight in the arm. The orange See by Chloe jacket above is a good example.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    8 Nov 2019
    12:28am

    Exactly, Sarah J! Love that red coat. And pretty much everything…when don’t i?

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    Kathi
    7 Nov 2019
    4:00pm

    Blue, why did that Sam Edelman coat have to be such a fantastic shade of blue…

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    Colleen
    7 Nov 2019
    8:51am

    I don’t love my silhouette in tie waist coats, so I think that Ganni detail is GENIUS!!!!!!!!

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    c.w.
    7 Nov 2019
    9:01am

    These are all solid choices in my book. I could happily wear every single thing you show. Side note: the less expensive option for the grey crewneck goes to a H&M site that is just an ad which repeats over and over. Or maybe I was suppose to click on something. I suddenly feel like Rosannadanna.

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      Kim France
      7 Nov 2019
      9:33am

      I think the H&M site is temporarily down, which is why that ad is popping up.

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      Y.k.
      7 Nov 2019
      9:48am

      Roseanne Roseannadanna 😄

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        D.Morgendorffer
        7 Nov 2019
        11:09am

        It’s always something.

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    Viajera
    7 Nov 2019
    3:25pm

    Me too! I love a good fluffy texture. I think though that if you’re going to go fluffy, you might as well have a nice color to it. Muppets!!!!

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      D.Morgendorffer
      8 Nov 2019
      12:31am

      A couple years ago, my mother made me for Christmas a scarf that I call my “Muppet Scarf”, sort of a yarn boa, only shorter than a boa.

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    sarah j
    7 Nov 2019
    12:22pm

    I do love a good bouclé sweater- the pilling has already been done for you! Also, when did Woolrich become so chic?!?

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    melsybelsy
    11 Nov 2019
    11:50am

    Boucle is everywhere – I was at the new Nordstroms on 57th (Go if you are local! – great mix of high-low items and shoe salon!) there were some terrific pieces there in Boucle. I stumbled into Lululemon and bought this in between season Show Me The Sherpa jacket in a greyish white – looks terrific over darker toned fall ensembles – https://shop.lululemon.com/p/jackets-and-hoodies-jackets/Show-Me-the-Sherpa-Jacket/_/prod9490212?color=42085

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