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Purple, Violet, Plum, Lilac, Mulberry, Lavender, and Aubergine Coats Inspired By Malia and Sasha Obama’s Inaguration 2013 Outfits

While watching the 2013 Presidential Inauguration yesterday, you probably find your gaze gravitating to the colorful purple and violet coats donned by Malia Obama, 14, and her younger sister Sasha, 11.  Inspired by these dazzling jewel tones — a surefire way to add a spirit of optimism and joy to dreary winter days — we unearthed some equally vibrant coats that are as classic and ladylike as those donned by the first daughters but, of course, designed for a more grown-up clientele.


J. Crew Double-Cloth Lady day Coat with Thinsulate, $325. Available at JCrew.com

Made of a double-cloth wool hailing from Italy’s Manifattura di Carmignano mill and made exclusively for J. Crew, this knee-length number is lined in Thinsulate for exceptional warmth, and it features an accentuated waist line for a figure-flattering cut. This very coat was the one worn by Malia Obama on her father’s big day.

Miriam Ocariz Coat, $385. Available at Yoox.com

The lavender-tinged pink color of this 100% wool coat lends it a spring-y vibe, while the short  sleeves and slanted sleeve openings and the funnel neckline create a slightly 1960s-inspired  that’s then subverted and driven into modernity via two flap pockets along the hip area and short, kimono-style sleeves.

Miu Miu Dropped -Waist Gabardine Coat, $2055. Available at Net-a-Porter.com

This amethyst-toned piece exudes 1960s cool with its dropped waist and flared hem, which creates a skirt-like effect. Concealed snap fastenings, meanwhile, keep the focus on the mid-weight coat’s deep jewel tone and clever silhouette.

Sutton Studio Cashmere Blend Coat, $99.97. Available at Amazon.com
Made of 90% wool and 10% cashmere, this single-breasted coat features large round buttons in a matching shade for a bit of whimsy.


Plenty by Tracy Reese Plum Becomes You Coat, $97.99. Available at ModCloth.com 

A pleated skirt gives this Plenty by Tracy Reese coat a coquettish attitude, while the three faux patent leather straps with polished buckles  adorning the bodice add an equestrian-meets-military vibe.

French Connection Wonderland Wool Collarless Coat, $149.99. Available at USA.FrenchConnection.com

Featuring a padded mandarin-style neckline, this wool-blend coat also features long sleeves that billow ever so slightly and are then cuffed tightly at the wrists.

Via Spiga Double-Breasted Pleated Trench Coat, $138. Available at LordandTaylor.com

This classic double-breasted coat features two rows of domed round buttons, slight pleating along the bodice, and a belted tie waist.

Burberry London Boysenberry Mountbatten Trench Coat, $1200. Available at Stylebop.com

Instead of the khaki tartan print coat most closely associated with the Burberry brand, indulge in a mulberry-colored number with all the trappings of a classic trench — from the epaulettes to the belted sleeve cuffs, double-breasted button-down front, off-seam side pockets, and belted waist.

Mariagrazia Panizzi Coat, $98. Available at Yoox.com

The toggle accents along the chest area of this peony pink number would make Paddington Bear smile, as would the built-in hood, secured with a hook-and-bar piece placed directly below the neck.

DKNY Dazzling Purple Wool Coat with Notched Label, $724. Available at Stylebop.com

Made of stretch wool twill, this plum-toned coat boasts a slight sheen that makes it all the more enticing. It simple design — a notched lapel, dropped shoulders, hidden button-down front, and front flap pockets — epitomizes modern minimalism, while its boxy fit speaks to this season’s emphasis on volume rather than body-conscious fits.

PLANET Double Breasted Coat, £59. Available at JohnLewis.com

Princess seams and raglan sleeves give this double-breasted Planet coat a timeless feel, while the deep purple shade adds a joyful twist.

Pinko Coat, $149. Available at Yoox.com

Made of mohair wool and cotton, this ultra-chic coat features a stand-up collar, a slightly off-center row of buttons, a large flap pocket along one side of the bodice, and a dropped waist with a belted strap. 

Devin Peacoat, $59.50. Available at Delias.com

For an affordable take on the coats seen at the 2013 Inauguration, try this peacoat featuring a double-breasted button-down front, epaulet details at the shoulders, button straps at the sleeve cuffs, and military-inspired buttons.

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