Winter Coat Guide 2015

Apparently Mother Nature has finally gotten the memo that winter is here because I’ve had multiple requests this week for advice on winter coats. I decided it was time for a comprehensive winter coat guide.

winter coat guide 2015

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Wool Coats: Jessica Simpson Walker Coat, $129.99 | Michael Kors Asymmetrical Belted Walker Coat, $109.99 | Ellen Tracy Stadium Coat, $198 | J.Crew Bouclé Cocoon Coat, $378

Puffer Coats & Parkas: Kohl’s Short Hooded Puffer Jacket, $79 | GUESS Faux-Fur-Trim Parka, $99 | London Fog Faux Fur Trim Down Coat, $129.99 | Andrew Marc Gayle Quilted Down Coat, $449 (c/o)

Fashion Coats: Steve Madden Faux Fur Leopard Print, $76.99 | Free People Hooded Faux Leather Moto Jacket, $168 | Topshop Shaggy Faux Fur Coat, $150 | Bernardo Leather Moto Jacket, $249.90

Here’s a little fact about me: I detest being cold. I will do almost anything to keep warm, but fortunately that doesn’t have to include sacrificing style because there are tons of fashionable options for coats these days. Depending on what part of the country you live in and what your lifestyle is like, you may need anywhere from 2 to 5 different types of coats.

 

Coats, like most wardrobe items, come in a variety of price points. Department stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom tend to have really good sales on coats after the holidays, and that is when I’ve bought most of mine. But another great time to snag a good deal on a coat is during the upcoming Black Friday / Cyber Monday madness, so I wanted to get this post up soon in case you want to get in on that!

Speaking of which, I always post about the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales so stay tuned!!!

Current trends in coats are color, especially pastels.

double breasted coat

Also, leopard print is huge this season, as is faux fur.

Steve Madden Faux Fur Leopard Print Coat

If you live in a cold climate, I highly recommend having at least one 3/4-length or full-length coat for the coldest days. I personally love my long quilted puffer coats for staying cozy and warm.

Kenneth Cole Faux-Fur-Trim Chevron Quilted Down Coat

I generally prefer a coat with some structure through the waist area, although cocoon and menswear inspired silhouettes are making a big comeback right now.

BR Cotton Moto Cocoon Coat

And there’s always a time and place for a nice cozy parka, especially if you go skiing or live in a climate where find yourself outside shoveling snow.

Lands' End Squall Parka

Finally, a leather jacket is a great fashion accessory to have in your closet. This isn’t necessarily a wardrobe essential, but it definitely comes in handy for date nights or occasions when you want something with a little sass. Black is always safe, but consider going with brown or cognac for a modern take on the trend.

LaMarque La Marque Lambskin Leather Jacket

How about you? Do you have a coat on your wish list this year?