What Winter Coat Should You Buy For Your City's Climate?

With winter fast approaching, it's time to take a good look at your wardrobe and ask yourself, "Have I prepared?" because winter is coming whether we like it or not. Once you've examined your closet, you may be asking yourself what winter coat you should buy. The answer is way more varied than a blanket answer of wool coats or peacoats. If you're experiencing winter in the South, the likelihood of a wool coat being required is low, but if you get a white holiday season every year in the Northeast, bundling up is really your only option. Thankfully, options are everywhere for all your coat needs.

Winters throughout the states are unpredictable. After the mania that was the Polar Vortex, coats that can cut the cold are a necessity for many northern cities, but what about the more mild winters of the South and Southwest? Surely a parka isn't the answer to the chilly air. Maybe you're a resident of the Northwest? In that case, you're probably going to want something that can hold up against the snowy, wet winters. Basically, different climates require different ways to keep warm. So, let's break down which stylish outerwear items are best for you this impending winter season based on where you live.

Northeast & Midwest

Here's the rundown of the best coats for some of the chillest of winters.

Wool Peacoat

Coat, $199, L.L. Bean

This gorgeous coat is made of warm lambswool and a lining that will keep you warm without making you look bulky.

Warm Trench

Coat, $350, J.Crew

This beautiful bright trench from J.Crew is a stylish, warm look for those incredibly chilly days.

Heavy Duty Parka

Vince Camuto, $238, Nordstrom

If you're facing the chilliest of temps in the nation, you're going to need coat that will hold up against the cold. That's why a parka is a great idea.

South & Southwest

These temps can be unpredictable, and while the South and Southwest aren't exactly the same, temperatures are roughly comparable, which means your jackets are going to be a bit different than those of your Northeast or Midwestern friends.

Stylish Warmth

Jacket, $45, Old Navy

This adorable peacoat from Old Navy may not be the warmest if you're facing another Polar Vortex, but for the more temperate climates, it's stylish and still thick enough to keep you warm.

Military Jacket

Ralph Lauren, $198, Macy's

How cool — but not literally — is this military jacket from Ralph Lauren. With its peplum silhouette and bronze details, it's a total winner.


While the climate areas of the Pacific Northwest can vary pretty greatly, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. This area is the wettest part of the country, and while this doesn't always hold true, keeping a jacket that can hold up to rain and snow is important.

Stay Dry Warmth

Triclimate Jacket, $279, The North Face

This jacket may seem pricy, but it's the most ideal. With a protective outer shell and zip in jacket lining, this baby will keep you warm and dry.

Stylish Protection

Laundry by Design Faux-Fur-Lined Quilted Velour Coat, $125, Macy's

This cute coat doesn't skip on style. It's outer shell and inner lining are the perfect combine to keep you arm, dry, and stylish.

What are you waiting for? Time to go shopping!

Images: Unsplash; Courtesy of Brands