Everyone should have a versatile, stylish coat for fall and winter. But with all of the options out there, how do you know which ones will look good and keep you warm and protected from the elements? Let’s chat about how to shop for coats, the best materials, and even some chic options we’re currently eyeing for our own closets.
Are you more of a trench coat wearer? What about pea coats? You’ll want to keep your personal style in mind when selecting a coat. After all, if you opt for a material or cut that doesn’t really go with your current cold-weather wardrobe, it defeats the purpose of wearing it! Here are some popular coat styles out there:
There are so many outerwear options out there, so learning how to shop for coats can be overwhelming. So when shopping for coat materials, you’ll want to consider your personal style and its purpose. Are you shopping for more of a fashionable coat or something to keep you protected from the elements? Consider the following popular materials:
Depending on your climate, you may want to opt for a waterproof outer shell. Check the labels to see if the materials are waterproof or water-resistant. For more protection against harsh wintery weather, you’ll also want to opt for a coat that’s insulated. There are three types of insulation available:
Pay attention to zippers, buttons, and snap closures. A coat that only has buttons may not offer too much protection against wind gusts. You’ll also want to check the zippers on water-resistant coats — sometimes the zippers themselves aren’t waterproof. Also, if you’re buying a parka, always opt for the styles with two-way zippers. These will be warmer. Cuffs on coats should also be tight to lock in warmth.
This cocoon coat features a slim fit and a high collar (perfect for blocking out blustery winds).
One of the best-selling, customer-favorite coats since 2011, the cozy cocoon silhouette is back in its most luxurious form. Made from exclusive stadium-cloth wool, this cocoon coat will keep you warm through even the chilliest winter weather.
Cozy and quilted, this wrap coat is padded with eco-friendly PrimaLoft® insulation, a warm-as-down alternative made of 100% recycled content (aka, one jacket = five plastic bottles).
The coat you’ll reach for time and time again. Made of recycled Italian wool, the Italian ReWool Overcoat has a clean finish and a double-face for added warmth with a premium feel.
Puffer-level warmth—without quite so much puff. Filled with 100% recycled, high-performance PrimaLoft insulation, this water-resistant parka has a relaxed, military-inspired fit that looks streamlined over any outfit. It has a snorkel hood, fleece-lined hand pockets, and internal sleeve cuffs to keep you warm even when it’s blustery out.
Inflected with a vintage sensibility, French brand See U Soon combines Parisienne chic with contemporary silhouettes crafted from natural, super-soft textiles.
An ultra-versatile parka with recycled Thermogreen insulation keeps you warm whether you’re headed up a mountain or caught in a sudden storm.
Coat in a soft, felted wool blend. Collar, concealed buttons at front, and diagonal welt side pockets. Long raglan sleeves with a tab and adjustable buttoning at cuffs. Lining in recycled polyester. Wool content is recycled.
When there’s a frigid chill in the air, cozy up to this insulated parka from The North Face that combines a waterproof, breathable exterior with down fill to help create a resilient barrier against inclement weather.
A detachable button-off hood updates this classic coat, while a rich wool blend and “Lauren Ralph Lauren”–engraved buttons lend timeless style.
Now that we’ve covered how to shop for coats, it’s time to shift our focus to sweaters. And whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one, these best-selling cashmere sweaters should be on your list. Shop the best cashmere sweaters of 2020.
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