The Ultimate Winter Coat Guide

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Yes, it is FINALLY time to start wearing some coats. The weather has officially dipped into freezing temps and although I hate being cold, I do love a great coat. It may be safe to say that I have a slight obsession actually. I’ve got some really fun ones like my faux fur leopard and hunter green one, to classics like a black wool trench and camel basics. But I also seem to have just about everything in between like tartan for the holidays, cobalt blue for a pop of color and more. Ironic that I have so many and live in the south. But honestly, it gets COLD!

Either way, I like to have options, regardless. Anyone else like that? I’m pretty sure it’s why I own 20 different white tees….

The Best Coats For Winter

If you’re in need of some new winter coats, here is your ultimate guide to winter coats. Stay warm and stylish this season in these great coats.

Classic Black Wool Blend Coat

We’ll start simple here as I think everyone should have a brown or black coat to top all of their looks with. This Gal Meets Glam Collection Hadley coat does just that. I’ve worn it with jeans and sneakers and now jeans and pretty stilettos. But this will really be great over anything and everything. Perfect over those holiday party outfits too. A great black coat will last you years to come too, so I always recommend investing a bit more in one than going the cheaper route.

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Menswear Coat

A good menswear coat is usually double-breasted and in some sort of a plaid. Doesn’t always have to be double-breasted, but usually, it feels like a coat a man would wear to the office, you feel me? I love them. I think the juxtaposition of them with a feminine outfit is great. Or they lend a masculine vibe to a casual look like jeans sneakers and a sweater. It’s a very street style chic vibe if you ask me. These are great to be worn on the weekend or even over your outfit to head into the office.

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Classic Camel Coat

No closet is complete without a classic camel coat. Pick your favorite silhouette and invest in a good camel version of it. I love this trench from Ann Taylor (so old but rounded up many below) but it’s in a classic style that will last me years. It goes with everything. Think blacks, browns and everything in between. You can wear it to the office or just out to run errands or get dinner with friends. It’s truly a must-have!

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A Fun Faux Fur Coat

My love for the faux fur coat is REAL and it is definitely new. I did an entire post on the faux fur jackets I’m loving here. I think these are fun for a few reasons. They feel really luxurious without having to break the bank. You can also use these as your outfit topper for holiday parties. I loved this one from last year too. Stick to colors and prints you like to wear so you get the most use out of them. And honestly, don’t spend a ton of money on them. I say max $150 and it’s super doable.

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A Puffy Coat

A puffy coat to me is an ABSOLUTE must. They’re warm and toasty and oh so comfy. I live in my J.Crew puffer that I bought YEARS ago (this is the new updated version). Best investment ever. I wear it non-stop throughout the winter to walk Pork. And it’s my go-to jacket anytime I head up north to colder temps. I highly recommend investing in a good quality puffer that can withstand wind and keep you warm. If you go cheaper, you may not be as warm!

But for some more fun and fashion-forward ones, there are tons of affordable options that can help make your winter blues feel more exciting. This gold puffer from H&M is so fun and cozy. I love the oversized fit. You can also check out my Everlane puffy coat here that’s sustainable and warm!

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A Favorite Color Or Print

For this category, it doesn’t matter WHAT color you choose or WHICH print. But I think it’s fun to invest in a coat in your personal favorite color. Why? Well, it likely won’t be something you get sick of if it’s in a color you love and have in your wardrobe. For me that’s usually hunter green, navy or blush. But when it comes to a print, leopard always wins. It compliments a lot of my closet and is a safe color for me to purchase.

Right now I’m very into mustards and golds so this coat is calling my name. I’d stay away from a color that’s trending that you only like because it’s well, trendy. I’ve made that mistake before and those coats never lasted more than a season. A few classic colors that look great in the winter is red (seriously can not go wrong with a red coat) or cobalt blue. They’re just really great pops of colors that work for winter.

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The Parka

Another essential, especially for that in-between cold as hell and just cold temperature, is a great parka. Traditionally, a parka is great for being water-resistant (I doubt my H&M is, but whatever), includes a hood and often times faux fur. They’re fantastic for that in-between weather in the winter time. I also think they’re usually pretty flattering as they typically cinch at the waist.

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Photos by Hannah Lozano

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 11.14.19
    Rachel said:

    So many good coats! I need to order the puffer for H&M and pick up the J. Crew one as well.


  2. 11.14.19
    Maureen said:

    Coats and jackets are my favorite things to buy. It doesn’t get super cold where I live but I own a couple of puffer jackets. They are hands down the best!

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