Sleek, slightly slutty, but amazing raincoats

With everyone from Oscar de la Renta to Marc Jacobs dressing their girls in prim, ladylike (in some cases, borderline granny-like) designs, it was refreshing and unexpected to see so many slick, shiny, jewel-toned jackets slide down the F/W 2012 runway.

While I think they look a bit cheap, it’s in the best possibly way – like smeared lipstick on a fresh, beautiful face. I can easily visualize pairing them with boring gray or beige slacks. Or, if I am feeling gutsy, perhaps throwing one over bubblegum cigarette pants, ala Diane Von Furstenberg:


Notice the use of an amazingly rich burgundy hue, the color of the season. Here’s a different take on the jacket (hello, double-breasted, where have you been all my life?) by Alexander Wang:


Of course, given my newfound obsession with Mad Men mod, I can’t help but think of Megan Draper and what she wore the day she quit her job:


And so, where can we find this look for less, you ask?

Asos Shiny Pu Jacket $34.14


Bradley by Bradley Bayou Snake Embossed Patent Leather Jacket $113.78


Dennis Basso Patent Leather Single Breasted Big Button Coat $36.84


Roaman’s Leather Trench Coat $86.63


Perfect for petite frames – $82.85


American Apparel-afied to an extreme, but it does capture another F/W 2012 trend: metallics. Plus, it’s uber-cheap at just $35


And lastly, consider it Take Your Shiny, Slightly Sluttier You to Work Day with this white blazer from Charlotte Russe $36.99. I recommend pairing it with something that won’t make you look like a busty margarita.


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