Winter fashion can seem daunting, and oftentimes frustrating. When the weather gets cold, many of us are tempted to just forget about fashion altogether and opt to wear sweats every day. We begin longing for the warmth of spring to return in order to start dressing fashionably again. Fret not, my dear community members, for winter can yield some of the most exciting fashion looks seen all year. All you need to do is master the art of layering. However, the foundation of a great layered winter look is always a warm, yet fashionable, winter coat. Get your credit cards ready. These are the best winter coats and jackets that will help you craft the best outfits for the oncoming cold winter days.
Keep It Classy with a Classic Trench
This coat is a great staple to have. It can be styled many different ways. Try it with a black turtleneck sweater and beret for a more classic look. Or layer it over a hoodie and pair it with some chunky sneakers for a more laid-back street style-inspired look.
Get the look: Urban Outfitters Vintage Trench Coat ($59)
Keep It Cute and Casual in a Puffer Jacket
For those of you who are into more fun and casual looks, a puffer jacket is one of the best winter coats. Nothing completes your wardrobe quite like an assortment of colorful puffers. Again, this piece can be layered over a hoodie for a more casual and laid-back look. We love the pop of color that this baby blue option from H&M provides.
Get the look: H&M Padded Jacket ($40)
Explore a Trend with an Animal Print Coat
Animal print has been a huge trend this past fall. Halfway into December, it looks like it’ll be making an appearance during the winter as well. Although we love a good leopard print, try to branch out with different patterns to make a unique statement. We’re fans of this super cute cow print jacket from Urban Outfitters. Alternative animal print options you can pick from are zebra, snakeskin, and tiger.
Get the look: Urban Outfitters Cow Print Faux Fur Moto Jacket ($159)
Experience the Wild, Wild West in a Suede Fringe Jacket
This is one of the best winter coats for the lucky community members who live in a warmer climate. If you don’t have to endure harsh winters, a suede fringe jacket is never a bad idea. This style plays into the Western-themed trend that has been popular this past fall. It also adds a boho-chic touch to any outfit.
Get the look: Forever 21 Faux Suede Fringe Jacket ($38)
Stay Cozy in a Long Cardigan
This is another one of the best winter coats for members living in more temperate areas. While it’s not necessarily a jacket, a long cardigan is great for days where you just need a light layer of warmth. This sweater will protect you from the slightly chilly weather while keeping you stylish.
Get the look: Uniqlo Women Wool Ribbed Knitted Coat ($40)
Go for an Edgy Look in a Leather Coat
Leather coats add an instant edge to any outfit while keeping you super warm. Like all jackets, this one can be layered on top of any sweaters, hoodies, or crewnecks, and will keep you nice and insulated.
Get the look: Urban Outfitters Irina Faux Leather Trench Coat ($149)
Cuddle up in a Shearling Coat
For days where you roll out of bed and prioritize warmth over style, this coat is great because you won’t have to sacrifice either. Shearling coats are so warm, and feel like blankets. It’ll be like you never left the coziness of your bed. Throw this coat on with a turtleneck sweater and some hoops, and no one will know about that all-nighter you just pulled.
Get the look: Madewell Bonded Sherpa Cocoon Coat ($138)
Elevate Your Look in a Fur Coat
Fur coats are great because they’re so versatile. They can be paired with pants and sneakers for a more casual look. But they can also be worn over dresses and skirts for any formal events you may be attending this winter! Not only are they extremely warm, but fur coats also add instant sophistication to any outfit.
Get the look: Asos Design Stand Collar Faux Fur Coat ($103)
Look Studious in a Plaid Coat
Plaid, like animal print, has been a huge hit this past fall. A plaid coat can make you look super fashion-forward and adds a cute preppy touch. Check out this fuzzy plaid coat from Asos to help keep you extra warm.
Get the look: Asos Design Check Borg Coat ($83)
Yearn for Spring in a Pastel Coat
Winter can be a gloomy season, especially as the days get shorter and the nights get longer. To help yourself perk up a bit, invest in a fun pastel-colored coat to help keep the gloom away. It’s also a great way to add a pop of color to an outfit.
Get the look: Uniqlo Women Lightweight Wool-Blend Hooded Coat ($60)
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Opening image by Maia Santos.