Meet Dione Davis. She’s the styling director at Tibi, where she resides. If you’ve ever seen a Tibi runway show, campaign, or the models on its site, you know that the styling is impeccable. It’s as forward and trendsetting as the pieces themselves. So naturally, I was eager to pick the brain of the woman behind said styling.
It only took one scroll through Davis’s Instagram feed to see that her outerwear game is as good as it gets. And with October officially here, the timing to ask her to spill her secrets to us is perfect. As you know, not all coats are created equal, so it’s key to have a variety to choose from, which no one knows better than an NYC-dweller. At the same time, who has room for a closet full of bulky coats? The good news is, according to Davis, you only need five key coat styles.
In her expert words, “I firmly believe that a chic winter coat will save us all from the fresh hell that awaits us. Winter during lockdown is this looming fear that so many New Yorkers won’t address aloud because it makes it too real. A well thought out winter wardrobe looks very different in the pandemic. The coziness that comes with wintertime lends itself to planning fewer pieces and investing in a chic coat. There’s nothing more depressing than a North Face Coat thrown on top of sweatpants, so I’m suggesting more dramatic silhouettes for wintertime (within reason). Also, with deep awareness of how many people are out of work, pairing the right coat in the right fit with last year’s clothing is the most fiscally responsible thing you can do for your wardrobe. If you stocked up on fast fashion you can’t possibly wear this year, then failure is the greatest teacher.”
Keep scrolling to shop the only five coat styles you need, according to Dione Davis, also known as the chicest woman in Brooklyn. (Pro tip: She also wants you to know that they pair nicely with sweatpants and can serve as updates to last year’s clothing. Plus, if you hunt for these styles on Etsy and eBay, you can get the look for less.)