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6 Chic (and Angeleno-Approved) Alternatives to a Coat

In the West Coast fashion playbook, a heavy winter garment isn’t exactly on regular rotation. Instead, we turn to versatile layering pieces to keep us warm when the temp dips below (gasp) 60 degrees. Bonus: These on-trend toppers are way more stylish than a puffer.

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Club Monaco

Cashmere Pullover

It’s big, it’s cozy and it’ll keep you warm without a lot of bulk.

Club Monaco ($429)


The Poncho

Perfect for when you’re far too relaxed after yoga to actually slip your arms into sleeves.

Lululemon ($128)


Embellished Hoodie

While we can’t promise the more conservative dressers in the Modern Chic Industrial Complex will “get” it, nothing looks more right than an oversize designer hoodie worn over a torn pair of leggings as you’re mumbling your way to coffee on Abbott Kinney.

Gucci ($1,985)

Naked Cashmere

A Throw Blanket

You don’t want to turn up at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with a twin comforter girding you against the fall chill—instead, opt for a woolen throw artfully draped over your shoulders and across your chest, over a blazer, a fancy blouse or both. (Note to self: Remember put on eyes and lips so as not to look like you forgot to roll out of bed.)

Naked Cashmere ($400)

Mother Denim

Jean Jacket

Whether you go for an oversize silhouette, a zip-out faux-fur lining, custom embroidery of your Instagram name or all of the above, you can’t go wrong with this style’s versatility, comfort and classic good looks.

Mother ($485)



Tie-dye cotton or chunky knit, the silky summer standby transforms into an outdoors-appropriate fall outfit when worn over a tissue turtleneck and crewneck sweater. Layering, people.

The Elder Statesman ($575)

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