A winter coat has to solve several dilemmas: be stylish but functional, warm but not bulky, and trendy but transferable from season to season. The good news is that it’s quite easy to find outerwear that satisfies the above criteria. We rounded up five must-have winter coats that are warm, reasonably priced and high on style. You’ll gladly want to wrap yourself in these.
For the Glamour Girl
This is the coat you wear when you want to turn heads on a blistering day. The forest green color, figure-flattering cut and fur trim make even basic skinny jeans and flat boots look chic. A-line skirts are known for complimenting women of all shapes, and that’s exactly what you get with a full skirt belted coat. The flared bottom skims over curves or gives the illusion of curves for petite women.
For the Casual Chick
Puffer coats tend to get a bad rap as being functional (they’re super warm) but not so fashionable (you’ll look like a marshmallow). Well, here’s a coat that gives you the best of both worlds. Not only are the diagonal seams slimming, the attached belt cinches the waist. And the faux fur hood adds a touch of glamour without being too over the top.
For the Head Turner
It’s easy for your wardrobe to enter neutral territory once the mercury drops, but ’tis the season to boldly rock red. And not only is the color bold, the shape is a step above every outerwear. When you wear this cape, be prepared to have everyone asking “where did you get that?” The belt ensures your shape won’t get lost under the material, and a pair of long gloves will add an extra layer of warmth to your arms.
For the Trendy
Not wearing white after Labor Day is one of the most antiquated style rules, particularly when the material is weather appropriate. It’s all in the details with Jessica Simpson’s winter white coat. The texture, gold buttons and tulip hem make this not your ordinary peacoat. And the high, asymmetrical collar keeps you toasty and eliminates the need for a scarf.
For the Chic Minimalist
A solid, neutral coat you can wear with anything is always necessary, but don’t be afraid to mix it up with printed outerwear. Plaid is a pattern that never goes out of style, and with hues like red and blue, it can easily pair well with most of your outfits. Just keep your bottom fitted (skinny jeans, sheath dress, etc.) to balance out the oversized coat.
—Patrice J. Williams
Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and on-air style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She has appeared on the Today show, The Nate Berkus Show and WE tv, where she dishes on fashionable solutions for those who want to look their best without blowing their budget. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow Patrice on Twitter and Instagram for daily style inspiration.