The 7 Types of Coats Every Woman Should Own

A definitive guide.

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Regardless of where you live, you want several reliable types of coats in your wardrobe. From heavy rain and snow to a light breeze, covering all your bases weather-wise usually takes more than one coat. Most of us default to a trusty jean jacket, a classic trench, and a wool winter coat throughout the cold-weather seasons. But there are several other types of jackets and coats that every woman should have in her wardrobe for practical purposes—and want to own for variety's sake.

We've assembled a guide to coats and jackets, with the specific silhouettes 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.

Emma Childs
Style Editor

Emma Childs is the Style Editor at Marie Claire, where she researches up-and-coming trends, curates shopping guides, and gushes about the must-buy items she can't stop thinking about. She previously wrote for TZR, Editorialist, Elite Daily, and Mission Magazine and studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University. When she's not writing up fashion deep-dives or finding the season's best pieces, you'll find her fiddling around in Photoshop and perusing HBO Max for the next show to base her personality on (currently, it's "Succession").

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