It’s that time again! It almost feels as though fall didn’t last long enough and we’re back in our closets examining how exactly we plan to stay warm and bundled. When your first instinct is to throw every item you own that is fleece or down material and layer until the only possible way to walk is to waddle, you may be in need of some new winter gear. But who says you have to forfeit fashion during the colder seasons? Your closet does not need much, but if you have these staple coats, you’ll be able to survive any winter weather in style.
1) The Wool Coat
A wool coat is a must have for the winter season because of its warmth and the fact that it can get wet (for really bad weather). But choosing a wool coat can be a pain if you don’t want the boring camel colored long coat (which can be a classic look). Your wool coat can double as your statement coat to be worn on special nights and occasions. If you are willing to splurge, Burberry’s wool & cashmere blend overcoat makes for the loudest statement. Rag & Bone also has a good option that blends in the color red for a muted but still bold look. If you are looking for something more affordable, then opt for a wool blend coat, which can be just as warm. Madewell’s oversized topcoat does the same job at a more affordable price tag.
2) The Puffer
The puffer jacket is just as much a warm coat as it is a New York legend. Yes, you quintessentially, will look phenomenal. But investing in a good quality puffer is also smart. Down (a material usually from goose feathers) is a very warm material due to its insulation capabilities. It is noted to be the warmest material for a coat. The price tags can range, but it is not impossible to find a down puffer jacket that is right for your budget. If you are after the short, cropped puffer look, try this plaid wool-blend puffer from Misbhv or this Public School striped olive puffer. If you’re opting for a longer puffer to protect your entire body, try this ONE by 2ND DAY puffer that comes in black or a bold yellow. And if price is a better indication of whether or not you plan to buy or not, this H&M padded jacket might entice you thanks to it’s pocket-friendly price tag.
3) The Shearling
There’s something about throwing on a shearling over your outfit, that makes it look complete. We can all aspire to purchase a genuine shearling, like the Sandy Liang coat (or any Sandy Liang coat for that matter), but faux shearling seems to have a better price tag at the moment. That doesn’t mean you have to comprise the look or warmth either! This Lauren by Ralph Lauren all black faux shearling is perfect for the winter. Or, try your luck at finding a good shearling on eBay, like this Helmut Lang shearling that is probably selling for less than it was bought!
4) The In-Betweener
There will be some days, now more than ever thanks to climate change, where it won’t be that cold during the winter and wearing your warmest coat won’t be the smartest idea. In this case, it’s time to pull out the in-betweener. This stands for any jacket or sweater, usually fleece, that can protect you from colder weather, but is not a full on coat. Think of Only NY’s Alpine fleece jacket or Madewell’s sherpa pullover jacket.