Coats, coats, coats—we love them in leather, in wool, in cotton, in silk. Whether long, short, playful, or sophisticated, great coats and jackets make for a well-rounded wardrobe for all occasions and weather types.
In preparation for the chilly months ahead, we’ve rounded up five fabulous coat staples that’ll help you be prepared for whatever comes your way. And don’t worry, we’ve included options that will fit any budget: high-end (splurge on this investment piece—you’ll have it for years to come!); mid-range (you can’t quite spend the big bucks, but want something that will last a couple of years); and budget-friendly (you still want to look stylish, but can’t afford to blow any serious dough right now).
The Trench Coat
A perfect trench will get you (stylishly) through rainy days of every season, and a classic khaki colored one will never go out of style. Find one with a simple and timeless cut that will look great year after year, and throw it on during those chilly, rainy days.
The Mid-Length Black Coat
When you have an event to go to, wearing a short jacket can look awkward with a fancy dress, so make sure you have a black coat that reaches mid-thigh or knee length. Add some interest by getting one with an oversized collar or an unusual cut—maybe even some fun gold buttons! It’s the perfect pairing for winter dinner parties and weddings over your LBD and a pair of colorful heels, but you’ll probably find that it goes with just about everything!
The Statement Jacket
Add a little bounce to your step and some vibrancy to the dreary winter months with a statement jacket. Whether you pick a peacoat or a cocoon coat, choose a bright and bold hue or an interesting and eye-catching pattern. Find one that’s true to your style, not just on-trend, so you can wear out the jacket season after season.
A good parka made out of a durable fabric will help you brave the fall and winter months a little more casually. A classic olive green parka with a hood (perhaps even a hood lined with faux fur?) will keep you toasty and look great, no matter what you’re wearing. Get one with a detachable, heavier lining to help you transition from chilly fall to frigid winter.
The Leather Jacket
A well-cut leather coat is well worth the investment. Even though this will probably be the most expensive of your staple jackets, you won’t regret sinking a little extra money into something you’ll likely have for years to come. (Though, if you don’t have the dough right now, a pleather pick will hold up for a couple seasons.) Go for a motorcycle style to add little toughness to an otherwise super-feminine or sweet outfit, or find a classic cut with a twist (think studs or an oversized collar).