Dress Warm, Look Good: How to Wear Our 5 Favorite Winter Coats
It’s here! It’s here! Winter took a while to make an appearance but finally, it’s here. Now that we’re somewhat used to it basically getting dark after lunch, marking 8 pm an “acceptable” bedtime, it’s time we start to get serious about our winter wardrobe in order to withstand these never-ending-feeling months.
If there’s one item to invest in this time of year, it’s a gorgeous, yet practical coat. Easily your most-worn piece of the season, it’ll take you from October right through February (or in some cases, April, if you live in the North) so definitely don’t compromise when making an outerwear purchase. Dressing for the elements doesn’t mean you have to go out and get a parka. If you take your time and check all the boxes, it’s possible to find a coat that accentuates your wardrobe and figure without making you look like the abominable snowman. Is it comfortable? Is it versatile? Is it durable? Is it stylish? Does it flatter your figure? And, most importantly, will it keep you warm enough?
Spoken like a true lady from the north, winter isn’t so bad if you are readily prepared. It’s quite enjoyable actually!! You really learn to love layering. Full disclosure: I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get envious of my friends living in more mild temperature cities at times, but, I also couldn’t imagine a winter where I didn’t completely depend on my collection of toppers (and seat heaters). Read on for an edit filled with coat styles so good, you may actually forget about the forecast.
With the temperature dropping quickly here in the Twin Cities, a true puffer coat is the only way to really stay warm. They tend to be a bit bulky so balancing that out with pieces that are more slim is my best trick. A pair of skinny jeans or joggers paired with a sweater and puffer are my go-to outfits for casual days. On days when I have meetings or want to look extra sleek, I go with a dress and slim boots. And don’t forget your trusty turtleneck or scarf!
2. Ultra Long
Long coats bring so much drama to an otherwise ‘blah’ outfit! What’s great is that they look good with everything– from wide-leg pants and sneakers to a jumpsuit and heels. When it comes to this silhouette, I go for the long and lean look, usually a monochrome outfit and then a long coat in a contrasting color on top. If you’re petite and worried about being swallowed up, make sure you find a coat that fits well in the shoulder and doesn’t go past your ankle.
3. (Faux) Fur
Fur, when it’s fake of course, always looks luxurious. Fur coats are no exception! With the right outfit, a fur coat looks effortless, and not mention cozy. It’s best with these to let the coat itself be the main event. They look fabulous with simple jeans or your favorite trousers. Add your favorite boot and you’re good to go! I like to stay minimal with the accessories as well. Maybe add a wool hat or a great pair of sunglasses for another touch of personality.
4. Double Breasted
I’m a sucker for tomgirl style and anything menswear-inspired. There’s just something about structured pieces with a delicate feminine style that pair so well together. When it comes to winter coats, a double-breasted one is a must. They keep you super warm and look ultra professional. Try one this season with knee-high boots for an equestrian-inspired look, or wear one with your favorite power suit for a boost of confidence.
5. Bright or Patterned
My favorite way to ward off the winter blues, that always seem to sneak up right in the thick of it, is a fun coat. Now I’m not saying that black, navy, or camel should be forgotten (they’re classic!). But sometimes you need a break from the basics. To make an out-of-the-ordinary coat less intimidating, go for one in a silhouette you love, just in a new color or print.
Shop Our Favorite Winter Coats!
Women’s Topshop Nina Faux Fur Collar Double Breasted Coat • Topshop • $125
H&M Wool Coat • H&M • $149
Women’s Madewell Portland Faux Shearling Jacket • Madewell • $150
Eileen Fisher Weather-Resistant Down Puffer Cocoon Coat • Eileen Fisher • $398
Donna Karan Double-Breasted Trench Coat • Donna Karan • $295
ASOS Faux Fur Midi Coat • Asos • $135
Italian Melton Wool-Blend Long Trench Coat • Banana Republic • $298
Women’s Patagonia ‘Bivy’ Water Repellent Down Jacket • Patagonia • $249
Women’s T Tahari Wool Blend Belted Wrap Coat • T Tahari • $229.90
Women’s Topshop Double Breasted Coat • Topshop • $180
Columbia Women’s Columbia Frosted Ice Hooded Puffer Jacket • Columbia • $99.99
Women’s Nvlt Long Coat • $230
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