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Photos by Melissa Leigh Hansen Photography

 #1 – Leather Sleeve Asymmetrical Coat Mackage (similar here) | #2 – Navy Trench Coat Norma Kamali  (similar here) | #3 – Denim Trench Coat Prada (similar here) | #4 Quilted Down Jacket Apt. 9 (similar here) | #5 Leopard Coat Steve Madden

This post is very special because I’m contributing 10% of sales from my blog (today and tomorrow) to Dress for Success, and ShopStyle will match 100% of your contribution! Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. To learn more about Dress for Success, click here. This is such a great cause and I am so happy to join other fashion bloggers in this special fundraising event.  Click here to see all the bloggers who are participating on the ShopStyle Bloggers Give Back page.

ShopStyle asked us bloggers what makes us feel confident.  As you can see, an amazing coat can go a long way.  Being in the Midwest and living in mostly chilly weather, I am always seen wearing a coat so finding one that has a unique vibe and fits great is key.  All of these above really make me like I can “strut my stuff.”  🙂 ShopStyle also asked who has made me feel empowered.  Of course, my mom has been a huge influence in my life because she encourages me to do what I love. Thanks Mom! But as fashion goes, there are two people that made me realize how much I love fashion and that I want to share that love with others. Those two women are Helen Yi and Corinne Phipps.  Helen Yi was my boss at the first clothing boutique I ever worked at.  Helen showed me how fashion can transform people and make a statement.  Corinne was the founder of Urban Darling.  I began my official styling career with Urban Darling and Corinne pushed me to blog. I was very unsure of myself and scared but as I did it more and more (at Corinne’s nudging ), I realized how much I loved sharing and writing.  These two women were so instrumental in where I am today as a blogger. Hooray for empowering women!

Take a look below at my favorite coats of the season. Your purchase of any of these costs will give you the confidence boost you need plus empower women who are striving for a better future. Happy Shopping!

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