Blankets: The Ultimate Deconstructed Overcoat

A cozy throw is all you need this fall

There’s been a shift in outerwear over the last few seasons, and here in L.A., we’re not complaining. Many designers—among them Burberry (a brand known for its classic trenches), Calla, and Prabal Gurung—sent models down runways in free-flowing capes, cloaks, and ponchos in lieu of heavy, structured woolen jackets. Even the style setters who cling to their pea coats refuse to wear the garment traditionally, draping it over their shoulders instead. Sleeves, it would seem, have become passé. The latest spin on the trend—the blanket shawl—may have East Coasters scratching their heads, but it’s an ideal fit for our mild winters. Plus it’s easy to slip on and off as the temperature fluctuates throughout the day.

How to Wear It
To avoid looking like you just rolled out of bed, accessorize your blanket shawl with a…

Belt bag
Please don’t call them fanny packs. In addition to keeping the wrap from falling off, these stylish carryalls are hands-free. Gucci belt bag, $625.


Get unstuck from the notion that decorative pins are for grannies. The long-overlooked piece of jewelry instantly dresses up your outfit. Chanel brooch, $375.


Skinny Belt
Minimize the bulk and accent the waist with one of these. A wider style works well with shawls made of thinner fabric. Valentino belt, $445.