Every Woman Should Own a Dress Coat, and Here’s Why

Blue Peacoat

Outfit Details: 

Old Blue Coat (Similar Here), Camel Sweater (Similar Here and Here), Jeans (Similar Here), Black OTK Boots, White Crossbody Bag, Tortoise Sunglasses (Also Here)


I live in Southern California so obviously I’m not dealing with super cold weather very often, but I still think every woman needs one dress coat in their closet.

Here’s why.

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  1. If you get a classic cut, it will never go out of style. If you invest in a good quality one, and get one that you know you can wear forever, you can literally have it forever. A mid calf or knee length coat single or double breasted coat will honestly never go out of style.
  2. They’re easy to dress up or down, whereas casual coats are hard to dress up. Here I’ve dressed this blue one down with light wash denim and a chunky sweater. But you could easily wear this coat over a little black dress with stilettos!
  3. They’re the most flattering cut of coat. If you’re going to buy any coat, get a pea coat. Find one that tapers in at the waist, has a tie or belt, or has some other kind of slimming factor.  Also, mid-thigh to knee length is the most flattering length — avoid pea coats that hit you directly at the hip, or anywhere below your knee.

I’ve rounded up a few favorite pea coats (both colorful and non!) in the widget below!

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  1. Nicole says:

    Soo long story coming your way. I followed your blog a looooong time ago. Years and years ago. I was there back before you started doing the sister blogging thing. One day I realized I was really really struggling with the comparison trap, so i decided to stop following any blog or person where i felt unrealistic expectations of myself or felt like i wasn’t measuring up to whatever i saw in front of me and then created in my mind. (no fault of your own! This was all ME!) obviously you are stunningly gorgeous and have everything that the world holds in high regard- you are thin, you have great style, a career, and money and a beautiful home in southern california.. etc etc etc. on top of that you seem like a genuinely kind and good person (we are the same faith) and like a great mom with many talents. so you didn’t make the cut and I stopped following you, haha 😉 i’m happy for your success, and i looked you up randomly tonight and it looks like you are still all of those things. I am a much better person now and really focused on not comparing myself to others, and trying to see them as God sees them, and it’s going really well. I no longer feel the need to look or be a certain way or size. I’m great the way I am! and so are you! anyway, as i was skimming over your blog this evening and looking at your cute little family, i did notice that you have stayed modest. And I just wanted to say that I think that is very valuable and commendable and i really appreciate it. It’s not that common anymore to keep modesty when you have a high profile blog or instagram, regardless of faith. I’m sure it isn’t always easy, but i just wanted you to know I think it’s great you stick with it. You are beautiful and proof that as women we can be beautiful, stylish, and classy without showing a lot of skin,

    • Jessica says:

      I really appreciate your honesty about your experience. Comparison is so easy to do and I love that you stepped away from things that fed into the negstive cycle.

      I second well stated your comment about modesty!!

    • Merrick says:

      Ah, Nicole, thank you so much for this comment. It truly means so much. I find myself in the comparison trap often too – it’s hard and I’m so impressed and how you did what you needed to do to step away from the things that were making it hard to love yourself. But also thank you for stopping by again and taking the time to leave this very kind comment. I’m so grateful for women and readers like you! xx

  2. Tammy says:

    I have to agree that i appreciate your modesty when it comes to clothing. I follow other bloggers in my faith and i Am surprised at some of the things they wear. Its a bIt dissapointing. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  3. Natali says:

    That is such a pretty dress coat and it suits you perfectly!


  4. When I saw this post, the first thing I thought of was dress robes from Harry Potter! I’m a fan. 🙂

    xx – Naomi

  5. Nada Manley says:

    I so agree about the coat and I live in Florida. I wear my classic red marc jacobs coat all winter long and have had it for years. You look beautiful in that, as always!

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