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.
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). Glamorous Engagements Coat (Sizes XS-L), $99 (was $199), ModCloth
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.
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Longline Slouch Fit Coat (Size 4), $80 (was $170), Topshop
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.
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Parka With A Pop Of Color
Boohoo Plus Contrast Fur Parka (Size 16), $98, ASOS
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. Boohoo Bonded Fleece Lined Jacket (Size 8), $97, ASOS
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. New Look Check Smart (Sizes 2-14), $83, ASOS
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. New Look Wool Longline Bomber Jacket (Sizes 2-14), $61, ASOS
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. Allegra K Plaid Worsted Coat (Sizes XS-XL), $36-$42, Amazon
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!" Felted Coat (Sizes 2-16), $60, H&M
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. Coat With Belt (Sizes 2-16), $80, H&M
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.
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Laundry by Shelli Segal Double Face Wrap Coat (Sizes XS-XL, XSP-XLP), $99 (was $198), Nordstrom
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. Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Bustle's editorial and sales departments.