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6 Coat and Purse Pairings for Every Spring Trend

Photo by Jeff Elkins

Every girl needs a coat to keep her warm and a bag to hold her essentials. Here are six stylish combos for every occasion life throws at you this spring.

At the Office

Spring trend: pretty pastel jackets and purses.
Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Striped in earthy tones, this coat is in command but not standoffish; the cobalt hobo has room for a clutch if working overtime for client A rolls into dinner with client B. Blanket coat $695 at Tory Burch; washed pebble bag $88 at povertyflatsbyrian.com.

The Extra: Bounkit’s double-duty dazzlers go from day to night by adding the jasper drops; $245 at tuckernuck.com.

 

Playing Tourist

Spring trend: pretty pastel jackets and purses.
Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Look sharper than every out-of-towner at the Cherry Blossom Festival in a playful jacket made for layering, paired with a bag big enough to hold snacks and souvenirs. Blouson coat, $895 at Coach; bucket tote, $425 at Tory Burch.

The Extra: A monogram cap to tame hair and protect from the sun; $49 at markandgraham.com.

 

Concert Night

Spring trend: pretty pastel jackets and purses.
Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Rocking out at Echostage calls for the ultimate cool-girl gear: a leather moto. Worn cross-body, a graphic saddle bag gets hands up when David Guetta and Tiësto hit the stage this month. Rebecca Minkoff jacket, $698 at EmporiumDNA; bag, $78 at povertyflatsbyrian.com.

The Extra: An Alexander McQueen neck scarf to edge up the rest of the outfit; $295 at Nordstrom.

Running Errands

Spring trend: pretty pastel jackets and purses.
Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Breathe easy in a sweater/coat hybrid while driving the carpool to your daughter’s basketball game. Afterward, a chic backpack leaves hands free for the weekly Costco run. Kinross jacket, $850 at Rizik’s; Loeffler Randall bag, $395 at Bishop Boutique.

The Extra: Converse sneakers keep you comfy while you’re cheering from the sidelines; $70 at net-a-porter.com.

Weekend Brunch

Spring trend: pretty pastel jackets and purses.
Photograph by Jeff Elkins

This peppy pastel combo is polite enough for eating with the in-laws but also pairs well with boyfriend jeans if bottomless mimosas with old roommates is on the agenda. “Elsa” jacket, $550 at Ann Mashburn; structured satchel, $78 at povertyflatsbyrian.com.

The Extra: A pleat-front blouse allows for extra helpings of French toast; $80 at Ann Taylor.

On the Charity Circuit

Spring trend: pretty pastel jackets and purses.
Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Every lady who lunches needs a ladylike trench; we like one with unexpected piping. On the purse front, this season’s designer desirable mixes the feminine (florals) with the fierce (a chain strap)—perfect armor if you find yourself in a Real Housewives of Potomac–level drama. Lanvin coat, $2,695, and Gucci bag, $2,700, at Saks Fifth Avenue (Chevy Chase).

The Extra: Chloé sunglasses make every arrival more glamorous; $345 at net-a-porter.com.

This article appears in the March 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

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Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.