Winter’s official start is just days away, so now’s the time to invest if you haven’t yet on a sturdy, lasting coat that makes you feel as warm as it does beautiful.
Versatility is key as changing climates across the globe make for unpredictable weather patterns that sometimes plop a warm, sunny day right down in the middle of January while March often roars on in snowy gusts. You’ll need variety in coats and jackets regarding weight, material, and color, so keep scrolling to see a fun selection of outwear we think will suit you now through the sunnier days that lie ahead.
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Penelope Long Tailored Coat
With a Prince Of Wales check, oversized collar, and the impeccable styling of the ever-cool Alexa Chung, this tailored coat will pay for itself over time with how easily it transforms the most basic jeans-and-tee-shirt look into fashion. The belt cinches the waist while full length coverage ensures you’re not sacrificing function for form.
Dinah Cruella Patchwork Coat
This is an incredible, unexpected take on a peacoat featuring two shades of grey combined in unorthodox harmony so as to complement and contrast the wearer’s two sides. Visually striking and under $100, invest in this now and you’ll be ready to look fashionable and street smart for years to come.
ASOS DESIGN slouchy oversized maxi coat in jade
For those who need color in their lives, this slouchy jade number shines bright while still maintaining its loose-fitting cool. The relaxed shape allows for plenty of layering underneath, but it’ll serve you well once the icy sidewalks melt as well when paired with a simple tank top and pants. It’s versatility and a statement piece all in one.
Sixth June Plus oversized parka coat with faux fur hood
Oversized with a plush, faux fur hood, this coat was made for cold weather but will look great through the chill of March and April showers (depending on your local weather, of course). The washed out olive color is light enough to break the monotony of dark winter clothes and acts as a neutral, looking great against nearly any pattern or other shade you might layer it over.
Women’s Cropped Retro Puffer Jacket - Wild Fable™
This shiny, cropped puffer is straight out of a late 90s Missy Elliott video but toned down for everyday wearability. It’s moisture-wicking to protect you from the elements but hits at the hip so you don’t feel confined by a longer shape when on the go. It’s also machine washable–a huge plus for anyone on a budget who doesn’t have the time or money for regular dry cleaning.
Faux-Leather Moto Jacket With Removable Faux-Fur Collar
Moto jackets are eternally “in” and this hip-grazing burgundy version is no exception. It fits snug to the body for a slimming look and comes with a detachable fur color to winterize as you please, plus the faux leather with knit inset gives it a cozy fit that moves with your body.
Janice Full Length Hooded Trench Coat With Inner Bib
London Fog is a go-to brand for a staple trench, and this all-weather version in always chic black is water resistant (naturally), has a drawstring hood and funnel collar for protection, and is lined in a polyester/satin blend to hold warmth. It’s ideal for the upcoming rain of spring, or year-round if you live somewhere like Seattle or, obviously, London.
Gucci Wool Cape with Contrast Trims
There’s an entire article yet to be written on the wearability, convenience, and sartorial genius of capes, starting right here with this red beauty from Gucci. Impractical, priced for royalty, and blindingly bright, nothing about it makes sense and that’s the exact source of its ineffable charm. Pair with sleek black pants, a checkered skirt, leather leggings, whatever you want–the point is if you’re brave (and rich) enough to buy this perfect piece of closet art, you should wear it every day until June.
Liz Claiborne Plaid Coatigan - Plus
The portmanteau-ing of “coat” and “cardigan” suggests a lightweight cousin somewhere between. We trust this flannel knockout fits that niche quite well with its midweight poly-acrylic blend containing just a hint of spandex for stretch.
“I wore it over my sweatshirt and it kept me so warm that I had to leave it open,” one happy customer reports. “Great product at an amazing price point.”
Note To Self Leopard-Print Faux-Fur Jacket
Leopard print may look loud at first but in our opinion, it’s the underrated neutral up there with nude, black, and white that deserves a starring role in your closet. This short, boxy version screams Edie Sedgwick in her Factory-era greatness, giving that effortlessly chic NYC vibe to anyone in adorns.