As I’ve been perusing through the pieces in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, evaluating which ones I actually need, which I’ll actually wear, there was one gorgeous piece that really stood out: Theory’s gray duffle coat. It’s the most beautiful soft gray, made from a wool/cashmere blend, and has the most amazing drape.
Gorgeous, right? Yup. But also…expensive. We’re talking $599 on sale. But Theory coats are — typically — lifetime purchases, and if it’s as good and as versatile as I think it is, the cost-per-wear after a few years could be really low.
A Capsule Wardrobe For The Girly Minimalist (Think: Gray Coat Outfit Ideas)
For fun, I built an entire capsule wardrobe around this one coat, choosing pieces that are both on sale (yay!) and that would pair really well with this coat. To my surprise, the best bets aren’t the neutrals I usually go for. In fact, this coat looks even more beautiful with…color. I call this capsule wardrobe The Girly Minimalist.
The best thing about this capsule wardrobe (well…the best thing about any capsule wardrobe, actually) is that you can almost pull pieces at random to make new outfits. Let’s do a quick little round of paper dolls, just for fun.
Outfit Idea 1: Dinner At A Friend’s House
I love the almost monochromatic vibe, the fresh (lightened) palette, and the rich bag that grounds the look. (Scotti, btw, has this sweater in black – it’s pretty stunning on.). This is exactly the sort of thing I’d wear to a dinner party.
Outfit Idea 2: Casual Friday At The Office
I can’t tell what I like more: the emerald green with the dove gray….or the emerald green with the almost-red accessories. Such an unexpected (but beautiful) color scheme.
Outfit 3: Girls Night Out
The secret to warming up frilly little dresses? Pair ’em with a lighter boot, not a black one. Tall black boots can sometimes overwhelm frilly little dresses, but a taupe boot (and light coat) work perfectly.
Outfit 4: Running Errands
Once again, the dove gray really lets the colors pop. And I love combining colors that are just a shade or two off from each other. It’s always chic.
Outfit 5: A Casual Date Night
This is exactly what I want to wear on my next date night: a beautiful silk tank, effortlessly chic mules, and sculptural earrings. Add a coat when the weather gets cold. Perfect.
Outfit 6: Weekend Hangs
Monochromatic grays always look so good, and I much prefer a rich tan leather accessory to black. It’s warmer, more chic, and feels fresher.
Shop More Soft Gray Coats
I don’t yet know if the Theory Duffle Coat is THE ONE…but I’ve basically convinced myself that a soft gray coat would be a great piece to have. So here are a few other options, at differing price points.
Let us know if there are any other hero pieces you’d like us to make capsule wardrobe around! And per usual, check out our cheat sheet if you’re shopping the #NSale, or if you want ALLL the details on the sale, head over to our ultimate Nordstrom Anniversary Sale guide.