Sometime in the future I will have a walk in closet with endless winter outerwear options, but for right now mine are kept in the utility closet by the front door. For this reason, I keep a fairly streamlined collection of coats. To stay nice and toasty without being hit by extreme dressing boredom I recommend keeping three coats in rotation for the next four months. This does not include light fall layers like everybody’s favorite leather bomber jacket. Honestly, we’ve all tried to pass this as a “coat” and been left shivering as the wind slices through it like a knife. When the windchill arrives, put it away and reach for one of the below.
The Dress Coat: This is the coat that can be thrown on at a moment’s notice to instantly add a dose of sophistication. It should be mid thigh or longer and likely made of wool. I’ve gotten the most mileage out of my cocoon coat from last year that perfectly blends comfort with clean lines. This staple should be in a neutral, and while camel is definitely the color of the moment, I’ll always make an argument that red or a crisp pattern can also play as a neutral.
The Wild Card: In the winter, it’s highly likely that many people will never see what you’re wearing under your coat. For a night out or a lazy Saturday, a wild card is the fun coat that can create a “look” out of nothing. I highly recommend faux fur since you will be extremely warm and feel at least slightly like a rock star. Definitely a winning combo.
The Puffer Coat: Let’s face it, if you live in the northern half of the United States you will wake up one morning and realize it is really freaking cold. You need something that cuts the wind and is as warm as humanly possible. To maintain as much style as possible look for a nipped waist, heavy fill, matte or semi matte finish, and make sure it covers your derriere to avoid a wind gust up your back (the worst!) While you’ll be spending a lot of time in this piece, it thankfully doesn’t have to break the bank.