7 Formal Coats To Rock This Winter

The slew of holiday parties about to start happening is the perfect excuse to splurge on a beautiful new winter coat you'll love forever. To celebrate the season, I've scouted seven formal coats for winter that will keep you super warm while looking extra elegant. Who says clothing can't be both fashionable and functional?

While formal winter coats obviously make sense to wear to holiday parties and beautiful winter weddings, don't just lock up your new coat for "special" occasions. Pairing a formal jacket or coat with more casual pieces like cute oversized sweaters, a warm pair of flannel jeans, and even with a summer dress will brighten up your style and make bracing the cold each day just a little more enjoyable. In fact, my standard outfit for winter tends to be a thin flannel shirt, a warm but not bulky sweatshirt (my current obsession is this 'sulk' sweatshirt from Stay Home Club!), black skinny jeans, beat up old Timberlands, and a dramatic slate gray trench coat I got last year from J. Crew.

Whether you're into trench coats like me, pea coats, or something else altogether, the formal coat looks below are bound to inspire you!

1. Asymetric Bouclé Jacket

Asymetric Jacket, $250, Addition Elle

This sexy belted jacket would look equally gorgeous over a formal gown or pair of leggings.

2. Waterfall Front Coat

Coat With Waterfall Front And Belt, $171, ASOS

A breath of softness for the harshest of winter days.

3. Plaid Wool Blend Menswear Coat

Plaid Coat, $153, Michael Kors

"Formal" doesn't mean your coat can't be patterned. This menswear look is a perfect example.

4. Collard Beatrix Coat

Beatrix Coat, $348, Anthropologie

Channel all your Cinderella dreams with this periwinkle-kissed winter stunne.

5. Swing Coat

Swing Coat, $288, Madewell

Does anything say sophisticated like a full on dreamy trench? Not in my book!

6. Wrap Coat

Wrap Coat, $119, Urban Outfitters

All the tuxedo vibes with the comfort of a robe. Win.

7. Trench Pea Coat

Trench Pea Coat, $169, Zara

This hybrid peacoat's added length adds that extra formal touch.

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