Photo: Jamar Stephens

Photo: Jamar Stephens

Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

Show-Stopper: The Statement Coat

Someone finally got the memo that winter is cold; like, really, really cold. So fittingly, this season is all about outerwear. No longer relegated as an afterthought, toppers are a key element, if not the star player, of the most stylish cold weather looks. Even some transitional jackets still make perfect sense come winter – it's all in the layers. Think heavy duty yet lightweight: cashmere, tight knit wool and cozy cotton. Stay tuned for a Layering style segment coming up on Steven & Chris (CBC) with Afiya. In the meantime, here are our curated selection of statement coats.

The Robe Coat

Introducing your new "wear with everything coat". This cozy & luxurious number looks equally fabulous over a chunky knit and leather leggings as it does over a cocktail dress and opaque tights. Shop the Look: Zara $189.

The Pastel Coat

Shake up your winter wardrobe this season by adding a sweet delectable shade to your outerwear rotation. Shop the Look: Maje $755.

The Shearling Coat

Tired of bundling up in the same heavy overcoat? Brave the Polar Vortex in style with an all over shearling so fabulous that it just might have you wishing for sub-zero temps. Michael Michael Kors $500.

The Boyfriend Coat

One of our favourite outerwear trends of this season. Paired with a Thinsulate jacket underneath, drape this topper over a lace slip dress and ankle boots for a killer borrowed from the boys ensemble and nod to the mixed material look!  Shop the Look: Mango $190.

The Bright Coat

A bold shot of colour will beat those winter blues and stand out from among a sea of drab outerwear. Shop the Look: Ted Baker $470.

The Faux Fur Coat

We have yet to encounter a leopard coat we didn't love... or anything leopard for that matter. This Talula number (from homegrown label Aritzia) is no exception. Shop the Look: Talula $198.

The Blanket Coat

Wrap yourself up in one of the season's hottest and coziest trends with this Burberry stunner (left).  Not feeling warm and fuzzy about this #Splurgealert, no worry, many fast fashion brands have already adopted the trend without the matching price tag. Shop the Look: Zara $249

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