THE COAT IS THE NEW JACKET
After years of female workers showing up in everything from ultra-casual tees and ripped jeans to office-inappropriate cocktail looks, there is a new interest in true wear-it-to-work fashion. A weekday-ready emphasis shows up early in FW19 collections, with all sorts of tailored options offering consumers plenty of choices. One emerging item is the coat, which loses its outerwear roots and becomes more of a layering piece, bringing swashbuckling panache to any ensemble. Many of these new coats are sleeveless and/or buttonless, and are cut from lightweight woolens or leather. Lengths are longer than seasons past, hitting somewhere between below-knee and low-calf.