3 Tips for Finding the Right Fall Coat

IMG_0588Autumn is upon us.   As the temperatures drop, we take more pictures in coats than shirts.  I save money by investing in a good fall coat more than shirts.   Some great coats for fall include:  solid-colored peacoats, tweed jackets, and cotton blazers. 

3 Rules for Finding the Right Fall Coat:

  1. Solid-colors: Prints tend to make people look wider in pictures than they look in reality–this is especially true on Prednisone (steroids commonly used to treat cancer, autoimmune diseases, and respiratory disorders like asthma).  Why?  To torture us.
  2. “Go-To Color:”  As I’ve taught my past mock trial students (both male and female), it’s important to identify your go-to-color.  This is the color you always look great in.  And black doesn’t count because everyone looks great in black.  My two go-to colors are Kelly Green and Royal Blue; you can see the latter in my photograph.  Oftentimes when I have something important to do (like an interview) and I’ve spent the previous night in pain–tossing and turning until 3 am, I wear my go-to-color.  When I wear it, people can’t tell whatever is going on in my life.  They can’t tell that I’m in excruciating pain or going through a bipolar mood swing (especially depression); this is important for people with disabilities who want to look be taken seriously in the workplace.  When I wear my go-to colors, I don’t need to put on a lot of makeup because I look great instantly.  How do you find your go-to color?  Experiment.  You’ll find it’s the color that automatically makes you look fresh and great even if you feel less-than-great.Abstract Rainbow 480x320-279
  3. Understand “Winter” vs. “Summer” colors:  Winter colors are blue, green, and purple.  Summer colors are the opposite side of the rainbow: red, orange, and yellow.  Just as I look great in green, I also look great in another winter color, blue.   If you find one color that works for you, think of another one in the same palette.  Experiment.  And you’ll find it.  You can also ask a stylish friend’s opinion while shopping or trying out clothes in your closet.

What’s your favorite part of Fall Fashion?

 –Your Stylist,

Jessica Gimeno


Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), endometriosis, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

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