4 Coats Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet This Winter

By Lili Goksenin

We’re moving swiftly away from that time of year where “transitional outerwear” (you know, denim and moto jackets) will suffice to keep the dropping temps and wind at bay. It’s November, after all, which means it’s almost Thanksgiving and then, before you know it, the snowy holiday season will be upon us. While the holidays are always exciting, the colder months can sometimes feel like a fashion bummer—why put on a super stylish outfit if you’re just going to cover it up the moment you step out the door?

Well, we have a solution to that style conundrum: Very Cute Coats.  There are so many different kinds of stylish outerwear nowadays, we’d even recommend getting one of each so you can hit all your bases for every occasion. A puffer may not always be appropriate, while a peacoat hits your goes-with-everything needs but might not feel as of-the-moment. Below, find out our four favorite coat styles of the season, and four very snow-bunny ways to style them.

Meet the ultimate in chic outerwear. The longer length somehow makes everyone look a little bit taller, and the simple finishes—notch lapels and a button or two—are clean enough to go with even the most avant garde ensemble. For the perfect girl-on-the go-look, we recommend making this your go-to work coat. Over slacks and a sweater it looks boss-lady, but swap out your flats for some glittering heels, and you have an eye-catching getup for your next meet-cute.

As you may have heard, the streetwear trend has completely taken over, and it doesn’t stop at graphic tees. A puffer coat is not only the warmest item in your outerwear arsenal, it’s also the only one guaranteed to give your whole look that sporty-chill vibe you’ve been cultivating. This is the dressed-down coat you need for low-key hike, snowball fight, or aprés-ski mug of cocoa. And if you’re worried about looking like a marshmallow, go for a longer length and sculpted waist: It’s more flattering than you’d think.

Much like the car coat, the peacoat is a wardrobe staple. We like ours in neutral tones that really speak to this jacket’s preppy origins. While the defining characteristic of the Pea is the fact that it’s double breasted (in other words: wind, beware), it looks just as cool open as it does buttoned up. Wear a borrowed-from-the-boys tweedy version over (Minus the) Leather Shorts for your next night out—you’ll feel like a street-style goddess even in the dead of winter.

Hello, this is a coat within a coat! Well, technically it’s a vest within a coat, but the real magic here is this piece’s versatility. Parkas live in a kind of middle ground between a full on sporty puffer and a preppy topper. Zipped, they look clean and collected. But unzip, and you have a peek of purrfect leopard faux fur. And this jacket is a must-pack coat for any winter getaway because—surprise!—you can unzip that leopard layer and wear it on its own as a cheeky addition to your indoor-only look. Talk about bang for your buck.