I think my favorite article of clothing is outerwear. Whenever I find a new coat, I get so excited. Think about it: in the winter, if you spend time outside, you outfit is your coat. A good coat can be pricey, that’s why it’s good to grow a collection over time. You may even be lucky and get a good one off-season when the prices are lower! So while I still don’t have my full wishlist, I still have a great collection, and want to share the variety of must-own styles (and when to wear them!) with you.
The Field Jacket
In the fall, a field jacket is a great casual throw-on. If you have a denim jacket you love, you may not need a field jacket. I just love the waxed, utilitarian look with jeans, flats and a scarf. It’s a different vibe, but totally works. My J. Crew one is available year after year, and is always included in sales!
The Trench Coat
the picture of me wearing the trench refuses to upload. will update!
Everyone needs a trench coat. The thing is: make sure it fits. Nothing is worse than an ill-fitting trench. Anyway, you can really get a trench anywhere these days. Mine is from Banana Republic, and I wear it all seasons when it’s kind of gross out but you don’t need a hood.
The Bad-Weather Jacket
…and then there are the times where you do need a hood. When it’s cold and rainy and you just want a warm coat to curl into, you know? The new Barbour line is great for this. I got mine earlier this fall, and sometimes I have to tell myself not to put it on for work because it’s that comfy.
The Statement Jacket
I’m not a leather jacket type of gal, but if you are, this is the category it would fulfill. My statement jacket of 2017 is a fur overcoat. It’s pink and pretty, and I wish it could be worn every day! These are so much fun to add a different style to your outfit – dress it up or down, depending – or just add a little flair.
The Toggle Coat
There is only one toggle coat that I want in my collection, and it’s this Burberry one. When the time is right, I will happily purchase it. Until then, I’ll survive with the other coat options in my closet.
The Pea Coat
Who doesn’t love a good pea coat? Double breasted and short, it’s the perfect every day jacket with jeans and boots. Mine is navy, but these are great to get in pretty, fun colors too, such as pink or red.
The Wool Coat
If you’ve got the weather basics, I encourage you to prioritize the wool coat purchase. This is one type of coat that comes in a million styles and colors, so you may have to hunt around for what you love best. I love a patterned wool and a solid wool. Patterns are tough to be your go-to, because they make a statement on their own and also, you don’t want to get sick of your beautiful coat.
The Camel Coat
The camel coat is one in my collection that I’ve yet to obtain. You cannot get a more classic coat than a camel one. Paired over a monochrome outfit, it’s the best way to dress up your look in a classic, stylish way. All of the coats I like are very pricey. There are so many options out there, but none have jumped out to me enough to invest.
The Down Jacket
I was adamant about not re-buying a down jacket this year, but my mom said I’d deeply regret that choice when it snows. I got this one on super sale from Lord & Taylor, and it’s great. When investing in down, the things that matter most are length, warmth and a hood.
These are really not equivalent to a down jacket. Puffers are shorter, and while many are thinner than your usual puff, they’re equally as warm. They’re great to layer under another coat, or over a sweater for winter sports like skiing. I have this one, and it’s so easy to throw on, especially for my cold morning errands.
I hate to sound ridiculous here, but this is just the tip of the coat iceberg. I absolutely love buying new coats and continuing to build the perfect collection for any situation, weather and outfit. However, if you’re just sticking to the necessities, I recommend this list.