By Wendy Donahue
Pity the shivering masses who thought they could stuff their jackets into storage closets come May and rely on cardigans until September.
A spate of rain and unseasonably cool weather in much of the country has made the notion of "summer coats" seem a whole lot less anachronistic.
The addition of that accessory catapults the piece from an afterthought to an outfit in itself.
"The coat has become kind of a dress now," Morrison said. "You can wear something underneath that's as old as the hills and no one will care."
Where the mercury rises, so does the air conditioning.
So a dressy anorak or updated trench in a lightweight fabric can be kept in rotation all summer. Even if the coat comes with its own belt, consider subbing in a leather, braided, stretch, Lucite or metallic belt.
Blazers present a shorter alternative.
Finally, one of the most versatile alternatives is back: the fitted jean jacket. Morrison likes an undersized jean jacket paired with an airy tank dress, she says, "to play with proportion." Bonus: You probably have one in your closet already.
Your tabula rasa: A Daisy Fuentes anorak in white, marked down at last check to
stores and kohls.com, lends itself to a variety of wide belts, including a stretchy Simply Vera Vera Wang wood buckle belt,