In honor of today's official start of autumn, let's discuss outerwear. This season, there are many trends I love from shearling vest to hooded cape, but a fall favorite every gal must "check" off her must-have list is the checked coat. There are many styles from menswear-inspired, classic plaid to vibrant, abstract, oversized squares. While there are fab options at every price point, don't be afraid to splurge on this autumn essential. A statement coat is the best investment you'll ever make. Throw it on daily with jeans and boots and nobody will know you're wearing the same gray T-shirt you slept in last night...and wore yesterday...and maybe the day before. Ew, but true. Here are some of my favorite checked choices.