Splurge vs. Steal: The Best Winter Coats of the Season

Splurge vs. Steal: The Best Winter Coats of the Season

It’s a seasonal rite of passage to experience the feeling of opening your closet doors only to find that you don’t have any winter coats. Or, if you’re like me, they’re buried in a storage spot that no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to place year after year. 

When this day comes, I often find myself throwing on layers of fall jackets over hoodies, only to be met with biting wind outside, and cursing myself for not winter shopping sooner. But, fear not! 

I’m helping the CF community avoid this freezing fashion fiasco that I so routinely nail with a list to help you stock up on trendy winter coats…Splurge vs. Steal style! Get ahead of the trends, beat the chill, and save a dime (or not). And dare I say it, you may never want to use a coat check again. 

Photo via J.Crew
Photo via Target

Puffer Coats

No winter jacket is more on trend right now than a classic puffer. Whether you’re looking to save a buck and get one that only needs to last you the season, or invest in a high-quality jacket that’s bound to keep you warm for seasons to come, I’ve got you covered. Splurge with a trendy matte J.Crew puffer, or save with a trendy, yet cheap high-shine puffer from Target.

Splurge: J Crew Flurry Puffer Jacket with PrimaLoft ($198)

Steal: Target Women’s Short Wet Look Puffer Jacket – A New Day ($35)

Photo via Revolve
Photo via Target

Oversized Peacoat

Alright let’s be honest, peacoats definitely teeter more towards the side of style rather than warmth, but we had to make an exception for this classic coat. On the left, we have a chic red plaid peacoat from Revolve. On the right, we have a fuzzy, sherpa-like, peacoat from Target. 

Depending on your interest in keeping this coat around, you may want to splurge with the higher price point. But if you’re like me and you’re not sure you’re stylish enough to pull off the peacoat vibe (don’t worry, you are!), the Target price point might be more appealing. 

Splurge: Kendall + Kylie Dropped Shoulder Peacoat ($179)

Steal: Target Women’s Teddy Overcoat – A New Day ($50)

Photo via Abercrombie
Photo via ASOS

Heavy Duty Faux-Leather Jacket

A staple in every fashionista’s wardrobe, a heavy duty faux-leather jacket is an essential for your winter style. Both options are made with vegan leather and lined with cream faux-fur. Depending on the style you like best, splurge with Abercrombie’s version, or save with ASOS’s!

Splurge: Abercrombie Oversized Short Sherpa-Lined Vegan Leather Coat ($180)

Steal: Wednesday’s Girl Biker Jacket with Sherpa Collar in Faux Leather ($60)

Photo via Roxy
Photo via Snowverb

Ski Jacket

Did someone say Apres ski?! You’re bound to be the most stylish one on the slopes in either of these ski jackets. While both have higher price points, these jackets should be seen as an investment or something that will last you through the years. I haven’t skied or snowboarded in years, and as more of a *chalet girl* myself, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to show off this Cynthia Rowley x Roxy jacket in the splurge category. In our steal category, we have a trendy ombre pastel jacket from Snow Verb. 

Splurge: ROWLEY X ROXY Snow Jacket ($399)

Steal: Snowverb Women’s Arctic Queen Trouvaille Winter Outdoor Insulated Snow Jacket  ($169)

Photo via The North Face
Photo via Billabong

Fleece Jacket

This category is for our friends who are geographically privileged. By that I mean those who are blessed enough to live somewhere where their winter is more like a warm fall, and the winter jackets in their closet never see the light of day! Ugh, a girl can dream. So here’s looking at you, fleece. Splurge with a staple North Face, or save a little with a warm, yet stylish fleece from Billabong. 

Splurge: North Face Women’s Cragmont Fleece Jacket ($149)

Steal: Billabong Fairbanks Button-Up Teddy Bear Jacket ($69)

How do you stay warm in the winter while still feeling fashionable? Leave us a comment with your favorite places to shop for winter coats!

Featured Image by @olyalmet.