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The Types of Coats to Permanently Keep In Your Closet

From the puffer to the cape jacket.

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A coat is an essential piece to keep in your closet, especially for those who regularly battle the wind, snow, or rain. Most of us own a few variations, but there are several key styles to invest in, from your functional raincoat to a trendy puffer. Before you shop for another outerwear piece, look through the list ahead to make sure you have the investment ones hanging in your wardrobe. Perhaps it might be time to finally invest in a cape coat? Or, maybe, finally, swap out that trench you've had for years? Either way, your coat game is about to get a whole lot fresher.

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Puffer Coat

Puffer coats may be the butt of all penguin jokes, but we still love them. These jackets are designed with sections that are puffy between the stitching and filled with down insulation or synthetic fibers to keep you warm. Don't let the puffiness fool you, though, they're more lightweight than they seem.

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Monki Longline Puffer Jacket
Monki https://www.asos.com/us

Wrap yourself up in this plush oversize coat from Monki. It's like walking around in a sleeping bag with arm holes. The pretty wine color will be a nice addition to your black outerwear collection.

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Oversized Quilted Metallic Shell Down Jacket
Prada net-a-porter.com

Prada's iridescent puffer jacket will keep you warm and make you look cool whether you're on or off the ski slopes this winter. The thick outerwear is padded with insulating down and feathers.

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Here's a short history lesson of the peacoat. The jacket style has been around since the 1800s, where it was first worn by those in the Dutch navy. (The name itself originated from the Dutch word "pije," which described a coat made from coarse wool fabric.) The British navy then popularized the peacoat and the style eventually made it to the American Navy, where sailors, known as reefers, donned it as their uniforms. Today, this classic jacket goes beyond the deck of a ship and is enjoyed by everyone.

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Houndstooth Peacoat
Court & Rowe nordstrom.com

For a peacoat that's a cut above the average, look for a print like houndstooth to give it some life. This pink option will brighten up your entire outfit in a pinch.

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Double-Breasted Peacoat
Burberry farfetch.com

This Burberry peacoat screams sophistication because of the leather pockets and soft wool-blend. This is one to keep for the seasons to come. 

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Trench Coat

Like the peacoat, the trench coat has a history rooted in the military where officers wore them, literally, in the trenches. You'll recognize the characteristics of this outerwear quickly: the double breasted style, a waist belt, shoulder straps, a storm flap, and it usually comes in a khaki shade. Over the years, the style has been tweaked and played with so you can find trench coats in various colors and prints but its silhouette remains the same.

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Hamburg Twill Trench Coat
Munthe net-a-porter.com

Steer away from the traditional khaki color in trenches in favor of this one with grid print. At first glance it seems like a traditional coat, but look closely and you'll notice the different fastenings will allow you to modify the shape, from wearing it half-open to wearing it cinched at the waist.

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Burnt Orange Satin Belted Trench Coat
The Frankie Shop thefrankieshop.com

This satin trench coat gives your going-out outfits that evening wear touch. Style it with your favorite LBD or jeans and black knee-high boots.

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Wrap Coat

If you've ever thought about leaving the house in your robe, you'll love the wrap coat. The robe-like style has no annoying zippers (my hair always gets caught in it) or buttons you have to fumble with. Simply tie the belt around your waist and head out the door. You can find the wrap coat in various lengths, colors, and fabric. Personally I love the leather Loewe option, ahead.

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Wool Blend Wrap Coat
Vince nordstrom.com

How I'd describe this Vince coat: It gives you the comfort of a bathrobe, but is ten times more chic. Wear it with a beige turtleneck, jeans, and suede ankle boots for an effortless work outfit.

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Belted Leather Coat
Loewe net-a-porter.com

This wrap coat has been hand-cut by expert artisans in Madrid and has clean white stitching that gives it a tailored and expensive look. If you're searching for a leather statement coat, this is it.

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Parkas were originally made from caribou or seal skin for those in the U.S. army. They've been through many variations since then, from sateen blends to now cashmere blends perfect for aprés ski wear. What makes parkas unique is that they're one of the best coats to survive harsh winters in. You can choose from a fur-lined outerwear to more lightweight option like this one. This style of coat is like a form-fitting furnace.

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Nylon Vancouver Parka
Madewell madewell.com

What's special about this Madewell parka is that the quilted plaid lining comes out, making it a lightweight option to have on hand once winter turns into spring. The cozy hood also comes with a removable faux-fur trim for easy cleaning. 

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Fur-Trimmed Cotton-Canvas Parka
Yves Salomon Army modaoperandi.com

Yves Salomon Army's parka is inspired by utilitarian styles. This olive hue creation is sleek and cozy for all your winter needs. 

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Cape Coat

A cape coat is like a better, more fashionably designed blanket you can wear out of your apartment. This comfy piece usually drapes over the wearer, though some are more fitted, and looks slightly dressier than your everyday winter parks or peacoats. If you're looking for a timeless piece that offers you some street style points, a cape is the way to go.

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Voluminous Wool Blend Cape
& Other Stories stories.com

This wool cape coat is one of the most innocuous options to wear if you have an aversion to crazy color or prints. Call it your beginner's cape.

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Leather-Trimmed Intarsia Wool Cape
Chloé net-a-porter.com

Your cape is your armor, so stand out in a stylish option from Chloé. This sandy colored one goes back to the fashion houses' archives—founder Gaby Aghion loved warm hues. A fastening at the collar with snaps and a leather buckle complete this luxe cape.

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Rain Coat

The rain coat is one of the most functional pieces of outerwear you should have in your closet. There are plenty of adult-approved versions of the ones you wore in your childhood, from floral designs to standard colors like olive or black. Opt for one size larger, so you can layer another coat underneath.

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Floral Print PVC Hooded Raincoat
Ganni theoutnet.com

A floral raincoat like this one is sure to brighten your mood as you commute to work on rainy days. The style is loose and wide, making sure you have the comfiest fit.

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Glossed PU Trench Coat
Rains net-a-porter.com

You can rock this glossy trench on rainy or non-rainy days alike. It's cut slightly loose, so you can layer it easily over chunky sweaters or jackets.


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