The 7 Types of Coats to Permanently Keep In Your Closet

A definitive guide.

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No matter where you live, you need a selection of reliable coats and jackets. Most of us own a few variations of outerwear, from a jean jacket to a trench coat to a thick puffer, but there are several key types of jackets and coats that every woman should have in her wardrobe. We've put together a guide to coats and jackets and the specific types to have on hand for any situation—and we've picked a few of our favorites of each style, to boot.

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The Puffer Coat
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Puffer coats are traditionally filled with down insulation to keep you warm and toasty. With so many on the market, some variations are suitable for fall weather, while other puffers are designed for the cold.

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Lucy Floral Puffer
Farm Rio farmrio.com
$395.00

You can recognize a Farm Rio piece anywhere, thanks to the Brazilian brand's unique use of colors and prints. For fall/winter, Farm Rio takes its DNA and channels it into this puffer-meets-fleece outerwear that is not only vibrantly beautiful, but also reversible,  should you want a fully printed piece.

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Blanket Sleeping Bag Coat
Courtesy of Norma Kamali
Norma Kamali normakamali.com
$1,295.00

If your favorite place in the world is your bed, slip on this puffer coat. The outerwear will give you those same comfortable, lazy day vibes, though the only downside is you might never actually leave your house once this is on. Oh well.

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Women's Trino® Puffer - Natural White
Courtesy of All Birds
Allbirds allbirds.com
$250.00

Allbirds is expanding its categories, and one of its newest debuts is this puffer outerwear made from natural and recycled materials such as merino wool, recycled nylon, and Tencel Lyocell. Style the winter white puffer with your favorite outfits all season long.

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The Peacoat
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The peacoat style has been around since the 1800s, when it was first worn by members of the Dutch navy. (The name itself originated from the Dutch word "pije," which described a coat made from coarse wool fabric.) Today, the jacket is a classic wardrobe trademark.

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Openwork Wool Blend Pea Coat
Courtesy of Alaia
Alaia nordstrom.com
$4,330.00

Fancy a unique peacoat? Unlike traditional wool options, this laser cut outerwear gives the classic peacoat an elevated twist. 

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Italian Double-Breasted Peacoat
Courtesy of J.Crew
J.Crew jcrew.com
$319.50

This peacoat is as classic as it gets. With this timeless double-breasted version in your fashion arsenal, you'll be able to wear it for seasons to come.

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Double-Breasted Pea Coat
Courtesy of Balmain
Balmain farfetch.com
$2,595.00

This tailored peacoat is made from luxe wool cashmere and comes with logo-embossed buttons for that luxurious touch. Pair with riding boots and a collared button-down for the ultimate preppy outfit.  

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The Trench Coat
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Much like the peacoat, the trench has a military history—officers wore them, literally, in the trenches. Over the years, the style has been tweaked, showcasing varied colors and prints, but its double-breasted, buckle waist silhouette remains largely the same.

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Sd Everywear Trench
Courtesy of Club Monaco
Club Monaco shopbop.com
$379.00

This beige trench coat has a classic style that will pair with all of your fall pieces. Even better, all sizes are still available and it's currently on sale.

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Green Croco Jedoun Coat
Daily Paper dailypaperclothing.com
$187.00

The least mundane trench coat there is. This neon green outerwear comes with a belt to cinch everything in and is oversized with embossed crocodile print. 

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Pointed Collar Trench Coat
Courtesy of JW Anderson
JW Anderson farfetch.com
$2,950.00

Obsessed with the '70s? This outerwear draws inspiration from the decade with a cool suede touch and an elongated Peter Pan-style collar.

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The Wrap Coat
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If you've ever thought about leaving the house in your robe, the wrap coat is the one for you. Simply tie the belt around your waist and head out the door, no fumbling with zippers or buttons.

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Wool Blend Wrap Coat
Courtesy of Maje
Maje nordstrom.com
$595.00

This coat offers the comfort of a bathrobe, while still looking utterly polished. For fall, sport it with a beige turtleneck, jeans, and your favorite pair of ankle boots.

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Plaid Wrap Coat
Courtesy of ASOS
Helene Berman us.asos.com
$222.00

Slip this one on over your comfy clothes for a cool athleisure look or dress it up with your favorite maxi skirt and knee-high boots for fall apple-picking and pumpkin patch adventures.

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Manuela Icon Belted Camel Hair Coat
Max Mara net-a-porter.com
$2,950.00

Few can compete with the outerwear selections from Max Mara. This coat is made from soft camel hair and looks great for layering over chunky knit sweaters, dresses, leather skirts, and more. The coat is pure sophistication. 

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The Parka
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What makes parkas unique? They're hands-down one of the best coat styles to survive harsh winter conditions. Chock-full of utilitarian details like pockets and hoods, you'll feel well-equipped to take on just about anything.

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Xploric Parka
Courtesy of Adidas
Adidas adidas.com
$250.00

This high performance parka is water repellent, has deep set pockets, and customized two-way zippers to keep you and your belongings warm and dry amid inclement weather.

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Resolute Parka
Courtesy of Canada Goose
Canada Goose Canadagoose.com
$1,295.00

Worn by explorers on Antarctic expeditions, features like double reinforced elbows and shoulder grab straps are no joke. This parka means business, but looks pretty sleek on city streets, too.

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Cotton Twill Parka
H&M hm.com
$49.99

This lightly padded parka features a high collar to protect your neck from the wind. Make this coat even more snug with a drawstring at the waist. 

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The Cape Coat
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If you're looking for a timeless piece that earn you some street style points, a cape is the way to go. A big trend for fall, there are more options on the market than ever before.

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Gingham Flannel Cape
Courtesy of Isabel Marant
ISABEL MARANT ÉTOILE net-a-porter.com
$770.00

Swap your coat for this statement-making cape that can pair down with denim or dress up when styled over your favorite autumn maxi skirts.

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Zip Wool Poncho
Courtesy of Rag & Bone
Rag & Bone rag-bone.com
$450.00

You'll make a street style statement wherever you go in this varsity jacket-cape hybrid.

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Striped Wool Blanket Cape
Courtesy of Chloe
Chloé bergdorfgoodman.com
$2,695.00

Armor yourself with this sophisticated option from Chloé. An adjustable belt closure sets this apart from other styles.

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The Rain Coat
Street Style - LFW February 2019
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There are plenty of fashion-forward rain coat options out there— from sweet floral designs to kitschy transparent versions. Style Hack: Opt for one size larger, so you can layer a blazer or bulky sweater underneath.

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Hooded Trenchcoat
Courtesy of Stutterheim
Stutterheim farfetch.com
$353.00

This two-toned rain coat from Swedish brand Stutterheim has a stylish straight hem fit and deep set side pockets for essentials, like keys and credit cards.

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Lightweight Waterproof Jacket
Courtesy of Hunter
Hunter hunterboots.com
$175.00

This coat is waterproof yet lightweight and has an open back vent for breathability. We love the quintessential yellow color option.

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Vinyl Rain Jacket
Courtesy of Helmut Lang
Helmut Lang saksfifthavenue.com
$495.00

Show off your look without getting drenched with this transparent rain jacket.

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