Are Wool Coats Warm Enough For Winter Or Are Down Jackets The Way To Go?

If you've ever encountered a winter where the majority of days are below freezing, you know the importance of getting the warmest coat you can. Wool is a popular winter coat option, but are wool coats warm enough for winter? After freezing my butt off in Manhattan last year, I'm diving in to find out the truth!

The more I read, the more I discovered that the warmest coat is not a one-fabric-for-all situation. Outside Magazine executive editor and winter expert told CBS News, "The trick to picking the proper coat is to match it to your lifestyle." He called out down coats as his ideal winter option, but if the coat is going to get wet, it's totally useless. "[Down becomes] like mud," he said, "and you lose everything."

So while wool might not be your top pick for snow-less winters, it's still one of the best options for those of us that are going to expect some blizzard-like days. WiseGeek explained, "As a fabric, wool has a number of advantages. It is naturally water resistant, thanks to the lanolin it contains. Wool is also an excellent insulator, and a coat made of wool will keep you warm when other fibers might not."

If you know you're gonna be surrounded by snow this winter, investing in a wool coat might be a wise option. Below are some of my favorites to get you inspired!

1. City Grid Coat

Leave it to eternally cool Madewell to create the coolest color blocking wool coat on the market.

City Grid Coat, $200, Amazon

2. Regent Topcoat

For you lovers of preppy, J Crew has a variety of 100 percent wool options.

Regent Topcoat, $350, J.Crew

3. Wool & Cashmere

Oh, come on. How could I not mention Burberry's iconic coats?!

Basingstoke, $1,495, Burberry

4. BB Dakota Emerson Ombre Fuzzy Wool Coat

OK, so this jacket might not keep you warm enough for a blizzard, but it's a good transitional coat from fall to winter. It's also a great option for those living in warmer climates with sunny winters, like Los Angeles.

BB Dakota Emerson Ombre Fuzzy Wool Coat, $138, Amazon

5. BB Dakota Grady Drape Front Coat

Another not-so-thick option, this Grady Drape front coat is perfect for layering underneath a thicker wool coat or a puffer jacket, if that's your thing. Plus, it'll keep you cozy at the office. It's basically a blanket.

BB Dakota Grady Drape Front Coat, $127, Amazon

6. Cape Jacket In Wool Melton

You can layer this adorable wool cape over thick, oversized sweaters and top it off with a blanket scarf for a look that is totally Olsen-approved.

J.Crew Cape Jacket In Wool Melton, $250, Jcrew

7. Forever 21 Wool Boucle Coat

On a budget? This coat will not only keep you warm this winter, but also super cute!

Forever 21 Wool Boucle Coat, $35, Forever21

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