The item of clothing I'm willing to splurge on year after year isn't a new pair of shoes or a designer handbag, it's a nice coat. Sometimes I'll go with a trendy option, like the teddy bear jacket. Other times, I prioritize practicality and opt for a long down coat, which more or less means I'm traipsing the streets of Manhattan in a black sleeping bag. (It's definitely not trendy, but oh-so-very warm.) I'm a firm believer that your coat should last you through multiple seasons, but with so many new styles coming out annually, I can't resist buying a new one...or two. If you're in the market for a fresh jacket, too, keep clicking; we've hand-picked the top coats of 2019. Whether you plan to swaddle yourself in cozy faux-shearling or bury your hands in some wool pockets, the outerwear choices ahead won't disappoint.
Don't own a puffer yet? You should—unlike wool coats, which can get heavy, puffers are lightweight but fully insulated to keep you warm and toasty through winter as you battle the snow and wind on your way to work. This year, get one with a little something fresh, like this lavender color.
This contemporary trench-style coat feels fresh thanks to the absence of a belt and a double breasted button design that disappears under two white lapels. Despite all this, however, the olive tone and details will withstand the test of time. Wear with everything.
A denim jacket that has it all. From the camo print collar to the waist belt and two oversized front pockets, this number will stand out as soon as you walk into the room. Go for that full Canadian tuxedo look, you can do it.
This glossy outerwear is lightweight, has a relaxed fit, and is unlined so you can still wear your bulkiest sweaters underneath. It's also water-repellent, so even on the stormiest days you won't get soaked. Style over a minidress for the early days of fall, then knit separates as the weather cools down.
This plaid wool coat is on the thinner side, making it a suitable layer over your favorite fall knits. With a print and color that are timeless, you can count on buying this now and wearing it into fall 2020 and beyond.
Throw it back to the '70s with this whiskey-colored coat from Chloé. Go boho with a swinging maxi skirt underneath and western-style booties.
Kate Spade has hopped on to the textured trend for fall by releasing this faux-fur coat with a curly design. It reminds me of a Goldendoodle's fur, so naturally I'd want to run my hands over this plush outerwear 24/7. Trading in all my trench coats for this asap.
This is the understated, polished gray coat you can count on to match all your outfits. The tailored fit, side pockets, and length are classic details that will satisfy even the pickiest outerwear shoppers. Dress it down with sneakers or up with heels.
This is the kind of coat you'd find in your grandmother's (vintage-chic) closet. Go ahead and play dress up with this lime green brocade coat by wearing it over a dress or even jeans for a more modern look. You'll make a strong style statement as soon as you leave the apartment.
Breathe a sigh of relief: Teddy coats aren't out of fashion yet. That means you still have time to grab this cream-colored piece and wear it every day until the weather calls for a puffer jacket. It'll look great with blue jeans, a turtleneck chunky knit sweater, and brown suede ankle boots.
For a puffer coat that goes past the hips and looks modern from all angles (you don't want to look like an Emperor Penguin), check out this one from DKNY. It has an exposed asymmetrical zipper at the front and a practical hood to keep your head warm.
Ksubi and Kendall Jenner collaborated on a capsule collection inspired by popular styles of the early aughts, including this oversize denim jacket. It has a boxy and boyish feel, so don't be surprised if your SO requests that you buy him one too. Style with high-waisted jeans and these Senso mule heels.
Max Mara is known for its plush teddy bear-like coats and this season's iteration stands out more than ever thanks to the cool blue color. Made from a plush alpaca and wool-blend that's brushed for added softness, the coat will feel so luxe that you won't even want to take it off indoors.
The denim duster is my dream summer-to-fall transitional coat. It's neither too heavy nor light (according to the reviews) and is, frankly, more stylish than a regular cropped denim jacket. I'd wear this with jeans of the same color, a black sweater, and brown riding boots. Denim-on-denim, here I come.
For an outerwear option that's not too heavy and not too light, check out Seek Collective's stripe kimono. It's lightly lined in a woven cotton and ties at the waist to highlight your frame. This jacket is perfect for wearing in the beginning of fall when the night air suddenly becomes crisper and chillier.
This oversize leather jacket with a belt is a stylish alternative to more traditional leather moto jackets with a fold-over lapel. It still has that edge and versatility without making you look like every other person in the room.
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