The 7 Types of Coats to Permanently Keep in Your Closet

A definitive guide.

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Regardless of where you live, you want several reliable types of coats in your wardrobe. From rain and snow to a light breeze, covering all your bases usually takes more than one coat. Most of us default to a jean jacket (opens in new tab), a classic trench coat (opens in new tab), a wool coat, or a winter coat throughout the seasons. But there are several other stylish jackets and coats that every woman should have in her wardrobe, or want to own for variety's sake.

We've assembled a guide to coats and jackets, with the specific types we consider essential to have on hand in any situation. Plus, we've edited a selection of favorites to shop now, whether you're in immediate need or planning ahead.