Three Style Tips for Wearing Statement Pieces

 greg mcgregorson zara coat olive brown 2016

It seems as though the only time I make dramatic style purchases it is directly the result of an upcoming trip and my inevitable unpreparedness. For this style feature it's no different and the scenario replays itself. A few days before a cabin trip in the mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, I am running out to the mall and I score this seemingly Drake Views album cover-esque coat.



 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide zara coat olive brown 2016
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide zara coat olive brown 2016
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide zara coat olive brown 2016

So, I wandered into Zara looking for a coat I can use to survive the cold while up in the mountains of Tennessee. I spotted this olive-brown coat on the racks in my size and immediately grabbed it.

 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown 2016
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown 2016

Now, I'm a pretty chill shopper, pretty chill in general really. But something strange happened to me in that moment. I genuinely felt like I was ready to come to blows over this coat if someone were to try to go for it. I clenched onto the coat and backed away slowly from the register after paying, warning everyone to not make any sudden movements. Cautiously stepping backwards to the exit, I phoned valet to “Get the car ready”, then once I made it to the door, bolted to my already running vehicle.

 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown details

I'm not proud of that moment and it scared me a bit. My feverish behavior, and this territorial “I’ll cut a bitch” attitude, all over a coat? I have GOT to do better, but luckily no one was hurt that day.

 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown denim chelsea boots
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown

Now this coat is a rather unique piece in my wardrobe. It's large, obnoxious, and is growing fur. So, there are some basics that you have to keep in mind when rocking something this eye-catching. These tips not only apply to this coat, but to any statement pieces you may have in your wardrobe.



1. Keep Everything Else Simple

With a coat this dramatic you want to simplify all of your other pieces. I did not want to distract from the coat so I kept the jeans, boots, and turtleneck sweater clean and without many details. They serve as backup to the lead vocals of the coat and play their subtle notes confidently. You can read the details on the Hawkings McGill Chelsea Boots HERE.

 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide zara coat olive brown turtleneck
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown

2. Shrink the Details on Your Accessories

This is in the same vein as tip number 1, but this is with regards to the accessories. My bracelets have small beads, Chelsea boots are very minimal, the cuff on my jeans is a single cuff, and my shades feature a classic yet understated tortoiseshell detailing.

 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece brown Hawkings McGill Chelsea Boots denim

3. Wear it Confidently

 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown

Confidence or the lack of it can be spotted by everyone. When you are wearing something that a Bond villain wore you have got to own it (seriously, a Bond villain in Spectre is wearing this same coat on the snow plane chase scene). Keep your head up, use the functionality of the garment such as pockets for wallet or cell phone, allow the piece to be a supporting role to your overall steez while you take the lead.

 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown

Now that I've done my journalistic duty and given you sound, unbiased, and objective advice, let's take a brief moment to just enjoy the details of this magnificent coat from the designers over at Zara.

 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown
 greg mcgregorson gregsstyleguide statement piece zara coat olive brown

Whenever you find yourself uncontrollably drawn to a unique statement piece in the store, just get it, screw logic and that “well I can only wear this maybe once every two years” crap and get it. Get it and wear that dramatic ass piece. But I must ask that you do so with mindful consideration to my three aforementioned pointers. Once you've mastered that balance, you can join the club of “Impulsive Yet Dapper Gents”. I should probably trademark that.

With love,

Greg McGregorson


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