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Trend Report: The Perfect Winter Jacket

When the rest of the country is bundled up in heavy sweaters and weather-proof coats, we San Diegans are strutting through the sunshine in flirty dresses and strappy sandals. It’s been a carefree winter so far, full of warm days, brisk nights and limitless seasonal style.

In San Diego, winter weather isn’t an inconvenience, but rather an opportunity for fashion experimentation. As the sun sets and chill takes over, we turn to light-weight jackets that offer just the right amount of protection while remaining perfectly chic. Now, let's take a look at what you're wearing.

San Diego trendsetters share top picks for the must-have San Diego winter jacket.

Mahjuba Levine, Fashion Wardrobe Stylist

Top Pick: Isabel Marant oversized vest 

Forget jackets and coats, it’s all about vests. I have been obsessed with vests for years and have come to live in them in the San Diego faux winter season. I love that a vest can be layered over a long sleeve T-shirt with boots and leggings, it’s sexy yet perfect for the season. A vest also looks hot over a dress and a belt for a super uber stylish look. With so many fabrics to choose from such as wool or faux fur, you can't go wrong with layering this piece to work perfectly for our climate.

One of my favorite pieces is this vest by Isabel Marant. I love the look of layering this oversized style with a sexy boot. I would rock this look while having lunch with my girlfriends or during a day of shopping. I love layering in the winter even with light weight fabrics.

Get the look online at isabelmarant.tm.fr

Francine Miley, Fashion Valley

Top Pick: Ted Baker London Jinan coat

I tend to love timeless, classic pieces for my wardrobe that can easily transition from season to season. (Although we don't see much of a season change here in San Diego!)  I love the simple elegance of the Jinan coat from Ted Baker London.

It's reminiscent of a jacket that Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy might have been seen in.  A jacket that can be worn for years to come due to its timeless nature of styling.  It's perfect for covering up for a night out downtown, or for staying warm and cozy with a great pair of heels and jeans.  Not to mention, as with all Ted Baker London apparel, there is always an element of fun and whimsy incorporated in each piece.

Get the look at Ted Baker London at Fashion Valley

Summer Albertsen, Blended Industries

Top Pick: BCBG Max Azria Preston Cascade jacket 

Personally, I think jackets tend to make or break an outfit.  Luckily in San Diego, we can get by with a light weight versatile piece we can wear all year round. There are so many reasons I love this bright poppy jacket, mainly for its versatility and the longevity from season to season.

This cropped satin/ jersey blend is sure to spice things up! Color pop tends to add the finishing touch to any outfit. It’s great for a casual night with flair at Whiskey Girl, paired with jeans, a white tank and wedges. Or for a more sultry look, try it with a fitted little black dress and a statement pump to wow the crowd at Hard Rock.

Get the look at Blended Industries in La Jolla

Rebekah Sager, Fashion Writer - shoplocalsd.com

Top Pick: Helmut Lang leather puffer

I would wear this to every one of my son's basketball games – Go Torreys (La Jolla Country Day). I love this because it's a Puffer without being too puffy… style and function for us whimpy SD ladies who get cold when the temp dips below 60.

Get the look online at helmutlang.com

Alexis DelChiaro, KUSI News

Top Pick: Elan International striped cardigan sweater

My must-have jacket for the San Diego faux winter is not a jacket at all. No need for drab, heavy coats in America's Finest City. You'll find me in a cozy cardigan when the temps cool down. I found this SoCal winter essential in a funky boutique while shopping in Portland, Oregon. The rich chocolate and vanilla stripes are good enough to eat and I practically live in this piece. I can pair it with skinny jeans, a tank and my fav brown boots for a walk through Little Italy or black leggings and stilettos for a date night in the Gaslamp. This light weight wrap is perfect for our sunny so-called "winters." (not pictured)

 

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