i’ve put together a list of my essential jackets and coats for this fall and winter. like shoes and bags, coats are investment pieces: there’s an upfront cost, but with a little maintenance, care, and attention to the weather, they’ll last you a lifetime.
i grew up in the midwest, so coats have always been a staple in my wardrobe. hopefully you don’t have to deal with the sub-zero temperatures of a Chicago, but unless you live in Florida or Southern California, come December, you’re most likely going to be reaching for a jacket.
i’ve got you covered: keep reading and check the YouTube video above to stay warm and stylish this fall and winter.
moto jackets are modern classics. i’ve showcased them extensively on the blog over the years. (see here.) you can find them in both (faux) leather and suede, but if you’re shopping on a budget, you’re going to want to start with (faux) leather. there’s nothing worse than getting caught in the elements in a suede jacket!
moto jackets are extremely versatile. you can pair them with pants or jeans; pumps or boots. here, i’ve gone for a more modern, chic look with a black base and (as always) a color pop with pink pumps. but you can imagine pairing the jacket with a white blouse and a pair of good old blue jeans.
faux suede moto jacket | faux leather moto jacket | leather biker jacket
the quilted field jacket is timeless traditional. whether you’re traipsing through the English countryside or walking the streets of Manhattan, a field jacket is just emanates “class”. again, i’ve showcased the quilted field jacket throughout the years. (see here.) this jacket is perfect for both the damp and brisk fall air. for those that live in wet climates, you know as well as i do that the dampness can cut through to your bones, making it almost impossible to get warm.
i’m showcasing a muted olive jacket that layers perfectly with sweaters, and pairs with either pants or denim. throw on a pair of riding boots, and you’re ready to take to the streets New York or London for a day of site-seeing and shopping.
field jacket 1 | field jacket 2 (similar)
there are very few jackets i have featured on the blog as much as the puffer jacket. (see here, here, here.) it’s hard to name a jacket, coat, or vest that you will get more use out of than a good puffer. not only are they warm and can get you through those long, cold midwestern nights, but they pair with just about anything and everything.
below, i’ve pulled a variety of different examples of how i wear my puffer(s): denim and moto-boots; pants and slip-ons; and athleta-wear & sneakers. the sheer versatility of the puffer makes it a must-have. and if you’ve gotta leave the house on a cold winter day, you can trust your puffer is going to keep you warm. you’re going to want to have one in your winter arsenal this year.
puffer jacket 1 | puffer jacket 2 (similar)
an overcoat is probably the most basic and the most essential coat to have in your winter closet. it’s a piece you can invest in once and will last you a lifetime. (and something you can pass down to your kiddos too!)
below, i’m featuring a military-style overcoat. (you can read more about it here.) this coat is trend-proof—always fashionable, always in-style. you can find similar ones at your favorite retailers, or you can head to your local military surplus store. overcoats run the full spectrum of price points, and no matter what your budget is, there are so many options to fit your own personal style.
overcoat 1 | overcoat 2 | overcoat 3 (similar)
a statement coat says you and only you. whether it’s a bright color or colors, animal print, or a totally fun and unique pattern, it’s your chance to shine, even in the depths of a long, cold winter.
i’ve gone through my archives and pulled out a few different examples of statement coats for inspiration. (check them out in detail here, here, and here.) but i want to hear from you: what statement coat makes it on your essential jackets and coats list?
statement coat 1 | statement coat 2 | statement coat 3
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This is perfect timing for me as I am looking over my coats and jackets to see what to keep and what it is time to let go. I want fewer pieces so I know I will wear them regularly. I would love a post on gloves and scarves to go with coats. Do my gloves match my purse, my scarf, oh my! Thank you for ALL you do for us ladies of a certain age!
Statement coats are fabulous!
I have the leopard coat, sold by Talbots fall of 2010. Talbots had the famous Linda Evangelista, modeling the coat, skirt and a shift dress, that season. Since it was a fast selling item I ended up with the petite version and wear it more as a topper with the matching pencil skirt.
I just pre-ordered a textured leather zebra print coat from a British brand. Baukjen. See if I love it when it arrives, or not.
These are all nice coats. You’re making me feel better about wanting to purchase another puffer coat–I have one in an olive green, a white, and a red, and I’ve been eyeing one that’s a more classic black or navy. I am a coat fanatic, and yes–they do last forever if you take care of ’em. Happy Sunday. Hope you and Jr Style are enjoying Paris!
Thanks for the excellent advice on the purchase of Winter coats. I lI’ve in Canada near Toronto and love so many of your choices. 😊
The weather is getting colder and colder. I just saw a lot of warm and fashionable coats on a website yesterday. Then I bought a long coat with a bottoming shirt and bought a pair of thick jeans. You can also take a look and give me some advice.
GREAT LOOKS, Where can you find a long coat?
I’ve been looking for the perfect jeans for flat ankle boots. I love the pair you’re wearing with the black puffer coat. May I ask where you got them?
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