As a fashion-loving kid from Florida, I grew up convinced that coats were the most exciting things in the world: Glamorous and cozy, yet completely useless in Florida's two-season ("sweltering" and "still pretty hot") climate. As a result, I pined after the cold weather style staple, which finally made it into my closet two years ago when I moved to New York. Now I'm just trying to find winter coats under $100 because I've since acquired enough to break the bank.
So here I am, a handful of actual seasons later, and I stand by my original coat conviction. Winter coats in wool, shearling, and faux leather are the backbone of my looks six months out of the year, keeping me comfy come bone-chilling wind gusts or sludgey wet snowflakes. For me, the key is finding coats that are not just warm, but somehow improve upon the outfit underneath.
While the coat's style factor isn't necessarily as important as its ability to keep you warm, I'm of the mindset that wearing clothing you're not jazzed about can only compound the depressing weather around you. So whether you're feeling glamorous in a faux fur lined hood or polishing up your office look in a plaid trench, there's a coat here to get excited about (whether you're from Florida or not).
Get Your Glamour On
Take up all the space you need in this faux fur coat of fabulousness. Whether it's topping a streamlined shift dress or T-shirt and jeans, it's bringing a touch of glamour to any look with which it's paired. Front hook and eye closures keep the coat fastened, so you can keep your chilled hands in its deep side pockets.
There's just something about plaid for me that evokes fireside naps and steaming hot chocolate. Take that coziness with you about town, as you toss your phone and keys into the coat's generous pocket space and button up its warm, durable fabric.
The One Thing You Need For Instant Elegance
This piece's easy elegance is all in the details: faux leather trim on pockets, removable faux fur collar, and zip-up pockets in front. All of them combine for a classic coat you'll want to pull over every outfit you've own.
Here's a light outer-layer that's definitely in bloom, offering you the ultimate silver lining whenever cloudy skies roll in. The bright floral coat's fully lined, boasts side pockets, offers a little stretch, and even has padding in the shoulders for a striking silhouette.
Bring The Colorblock Back
This coat, which fits like an XS, is such a cool piece for those whose style is a little more androgynous. Smart and sensible while still catching your eye with a colorblock in neutral tones — this coat's a keeper. Plus, it's totally safe to throw in the wash.
Double breasted buttons on this dreamy pink confection of a coat keep it grounded in reality, while a pair of pockets adds another dash of practicality. Nothing pleases me more than a mash-up of modern and timeless, and this longline number expertly toes the line.
Classic Fit With A Textured Twist
Silence + Noise Fuzzy Brushed Longline Coat (Sizes S-L), $50 (was $159), Urban Outfitters
This traditional-style coat steps into the current day with a fuzzy textured exterior. Dress it down with a comfy hoodie, or keep it polished with a mod turtleneck layer underneath. Versatility is key for making the most of your outerwear!
This Salvaged Vintage Puffer Is Blue For You
This longline puffer is part of Urban's 'Urban Renewal' program, where the company salvages vintage fashion pieces and reworks them for modern day. This is the one vintage puffer coat the brand has: nylon, zip-up front, and machine-washable, too.
Vegan Leather Oversized Awesomeness
Keep it cool in this oversized vegan leather coat designed to have a bulky fit, though the sleeves are cropped (perfect for pairing with some low-key elbow-length gloves). Its zip-up front and pockets means not mitten-handed bumbling over buttons, either.
The Canadian Tuxedo Of Coats
I enjoy a good Canadian tuxedo, and this majestic corduroy coat is nothing short of regal. Corduroy literally translates to cord of the king after all, and this colorblocked stunner is reversible: Switch up to the cuddly sherpa side when you're over the blues.
Parka With A Pop Of Color
If you're one to set yourself apart from the ubiquitous parka-parading crowds (stylish, though they may be), this parka coat has some seriously cool updates. Deep blue faux fur lines the interior and hood of the parka, while a punchy camo print ensures your outfit does anything but blend in.
Falling For Fleece
The outer suede and leather trim may be faux, but the unparalleled style levels you're seeing on this cuddly jacket is real. Zip fastenings keep all your belongings super secure, while the buckles on the sleeves add a thoughtful design detail that edges up the whole piece.
If you're a lover of classics, then this check coat will warm your body and your heart, as you settle in for a chilly winter. It's a textured wool blend fabric, and most importantly, there's a tie if you prefer to cinch the look.
The Bomb Dot Com
It seems to me that some of the coolest, most interestingly designed coats err on the lighter side, which makes layering them the obvious (very stylish) solution. This longline bomber jacket is the ideal winter coat for those days when you're just popping around the corner for a coffee or morning bagel. Ribbed collar and cuffs, wool blend fabric, and an open front make this luxe layer sporty, instead of sleepy.
Some mornings you wake up feeling like a rockstar, even though it's 30 degrees out (that can dampen anyone's inner star power, after all). This shaggy faux fur coat brings back the glam to keep you glowing during winter.
It's tough to make a coat that bears more resemblance to a sleeping bag than a wearable garment look cool. But yet, there's something cosmic about this inky blue metallic stunner. The fact that it's got zip-up pockets on the sides makes it a necessity.
On The Grid
Keep your stylish self on the grid with this modern plaid coat that will polish up any outfit you're wearing. There are side pockets, a split back, and lining for a little added warmth. One reviewer even said, "The coat looks much more expensive, so for the money, it's a great find. I'm very happy with it!"
Felt was the coolest crafting material growing up, and now that you're grown, it's the coolest coat material — or one of them, anyway. This one's deep gray color means it will match nearly anything with which you pair it, and hidden buttons mean you can fasten the warm coat without messing up the clean look of the piece.
Bring On The Belts
This fitted soft twill coat is the stuff of mod 1960s dreams — perfect for dashing into the cold with the collar turned up and beanie hair in full swing. A vent in back makes movement all the easier for getting from point A to point B, too.
Sure Of Shearling
This comfy number's pastel pink color is right on trend, and the faux shearling trim adds a retro touch that keeps the coat versatile for any look — modern or vintage-inspired. Snuggle up to the winter staple with pocket room to spare!
All The Storage Space You Need
My favorite thing about coats with copious amounts of pockets is leaving my bag at home. Wallets, keys, cards, books — I bring it all, and this puffer jacket with secure zip fastenings has all the room in the world for those essentials, and more. Plus, check out that collar: That's some A-plus wind resistance.
Quintessential Quilted Style
Topshop Quilted Sleeve Wool Blend Coat (Sizes 2-8), $90 (was $180), Nordstrom
This mixed-media coat combines shiny quilted sleeves with a sturdy wool blend shell for a sporty style reminiscent of your favorite bomber jacket. Plus, the coat's front snap closures make for an easy on-and-off when you're trying to get out the door.
This angular coat makes pulling together an outfit look easy. Clean lines, modern silhouette, front pockets, and a little button up top to fasten up when the wind blows: The two-tone piece has it all, and it comes in petite sizes, too.
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