How To Wear The Same Coat Every Day In Winter Without Dying of Boredom

How To Wear The Same Coat Every Day In Winter Without Dying of Boredom
Carly Jacobs

really struggle every winter with the coat situation. I live in Melbourne so during the winter months, I’m pretty much a walking coat. I also only own two coats because I hate all the coats and I’ve only ever found two that I like. Well I have one that I like and the other I tolerate because it’s so damn warm. I have a grey wool tweed style belted trench coat (stylish) and a navy down coat (practical). Every winter all the photos of me with my mates end up looking the same – it’s generally me in one of my two coats. Boring but I don’t really have much choice other than to wear the same coat every in winter. I do have a few little tricks for mixing it up though.


Dress from Country Road * Coat from Sportscraft * Gloves from Otto and Spike  * Boots from Ecco * Handmade crochet Origami Shoulder Cosy – pattern (I designed it myself!) and details coming soon on @crochetcoach on Instagram! *

3 tips for making a winter coat look less dull…

1. Scarves, scarves, scarves. I always go for natural fibres because I walk everywhere and if you’ve ever power walked for 20 minutes with an acrylic scarf around your neck you’ll know it turns into a swamp pretty quickly. I have a small wardrobe of scarves but they’re all different. Some are chunky, some are circle, some are square but they all add a totally different look to my standard winter jacket.

2. Wear lipstick. Your face is pretty much your only accessory in winter, so dress it up.

3. Try a head scarf. These are great for windy and rainy days. Storms make everyone’s hair look rubbish so head scarves are a practical and stylish way to make you look less like a cardboard cutout for three months every winter.



This outfit was worn for a very chilly and windy walk to the city to work at the state library for a few hours. It was a lovely day actually!

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What’s your every day winter look? How do you mix it up so you don’t look the same all the time?


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  1. Missy D 4 years ago

    I used to live in London so I have about 7-8 coats/jackets. I just rotate them. 😉 But now I live in Brisbane so winter is not that long – a slight difference from London where winter was pretty much 10 months of the year.

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      Oh you’re so lucky you actually managed to find that many coats you like! There’s a massive difference between Melbourne and London though – you need a decent wardrobe of coats.

  2. Carole 4 years ago

    I look at coats as purely functional. I have different weight coats for varying temps. I would never survive in the coat you’re wearing! Here you need down coat, hat, scarves, and gloves just to survive it. I guess I do switch up the hats and scarves a bit. Here its forget about fashion, just stay warm!

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      Same – If I’m cold (or hot to be honest!) I’m not fun to be around which equals incredibly utilitarian coats. 🙂

  3. JessB 4 years ago

    I have one totally gorgeous cashmere coat in cobalt blue, and one fantastic short leather jacket, and a light raincoat that’s red. I got the blue one from Anton’s at Melbourne Central, you should check them out, Smaggle! Everything there is completely gorgeous, and the coats are colourful. Pretty different for Melbourne!
    I’m happy to wear any of them, depending on the weather, and I mix it up with scarves too.
    I also have super short hair, so the wind isn’t any issue for me.
    But I love your advice to wear lipstick! I don’t generally wear any makeup at all, but I have red lippy in my bag. I’ll put it on when I get to work!

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      That’s sounds like the perfect ever coat wardrobe. Well done. Lippy is the bomb in winter – makes you feel like a million bucks!

  4. All I can see in these photos is how damn fabulous your hair is! Seriously, you have the best hair ever & I want it!!!
    Also heading to Insta to follow your crochet account 🙂

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      Oh you’re lovely thank you! It’s about a quarter of the size it was in high school – I had the biggest waffro!

  5. I have three coats (raspberry pink, cream and black) that I rotate between and jazz them up with scarves as necessary. Well, I also have this puffa sort of khaki thing but I hate it. Too bulky.

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      My puffa jacket is too puffy but it’s sooooo warm I can’t not wear it. Have to wear thinner stuff underneath though. 🙂

  6. Kathryn 4 years ago

    I have way too many coats. The ‘it’s an investment’ excuse is wearing thin!

    Another way to mix it up is with tights, also they keep your legs cosy warm 🙂

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      Yes! I always make sure that I stock up on merino at the beginning of each season – I need some lux merino though – all my thermals are very camping and sporty looking.

  7. Donna 4 years ago

    I’ve had the same coat for 10 years so off shopping I went. Didn’t realise it would be so hard. So many black puffer coats. Then as I’m about to give up I found two! One in stone and the other navy blue and quilted from Blue Illusion. Both on sale. Bought one, and a week later went back for the second ?

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      You’ve got to do it sometimes! If I found 2 coats I actually liked, I’d definitely buy them. Both of them! 🙂

  8. Harlow 4 years ago

    HA, I am exactly the same. One trench, one coat. I mean I live in Brisbane so I can’t be bothered splashing out on multiple coats to wear two months of the year. Hats are my way of spicing it up, but I am going to try scarves now too – I don’t own a single one!

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      Oh yeah Brisbane is hard – I wouldn’t cope there! 🙂

  9. cheekie 4 years ago

    oops, my original comment never went through…
    Black opera coat . Cashmere with velvet quilted sleeves and collar- Selfridges a million years ago, hogs up wardrobe for beauty and Shakespearian drama!
    Practical khaki long coat and my ever faithful black trench with a hoodie (am from Melbs)…always wear a bright scarf, to brighten it and a funky brooch for interest. I am in the elements visiting clients and do not want to look like the Grim reaper so a colourful scarf (hot pink) and brooch (bird) and quirky socks (spots) peeking under ankle boots a must.

  10. Sarah 4 years ago

    I love all my coats! Navy Cue trench, grey cropped Marcs jacket (from last year but they make it every year, in different colours – I keep seeing other people wearing it) and biker-style leather jacket. I also have a Muji trench that folds up really small, so is great for traveling, and a down jacket, though it’s rarely cold enough to wear it. I’m coveting a Gorman anorak, though sadly the style I liked is no longer available.

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