It can be tempting to throw style out the window as the weather gets colder and literally grab the warmest coat in your wardrobe. The one, you know. The one that is warm and cozy but leaves you looking like an unfashionable marshmallow. Well, this year, when you learn that fashion and function work together, it is time to let that coat collect some dust. We’ve found the right outerwear pieces to refresh your winter wardrobe, from the humble trench coat to the practical raincoat and even the trend-worthy cocoon coat. These coats are bound to turn this chilly season into your most chic season, whether you decide to invest in just one or buy the entire lot.
Wearing Versatile Trench Coat
An important wardrobe piece for any woman is a trench coat. This simple style has become a feminine classic for women all over the world, despite beginning its life as a raincoat for the British Army. If you don’t own one already, make it the season in which you invest in one. Every style icon from Audrey Hepburn to Kate Moss has possessed one, after all, so why shouldn’t you? The lightweight, weather-proof style is ideal for transitioning in and out of winter and can be worn with everything. Dress her up for the day with jeans and shoes, or for the evening with a dress and boots.
Belted Coat and Wrap
This is the coat style for you, if you’ve ever felt like wearing your dressing gown outside the door. For added warmth, wrap and belted coats have additional material on the front that allows the closure to overlap. For form definition, a thick fabric belt is then tied at the waist, keeping the look feminine and polished. This robe-like style, totally warm and comfortable, can be worn by anyone, but if you’re not very tall, consider wearing heels.
Mac and Raincoat
Raincoats are not what they once were. They’re a whole lot better! The days of the oversized, shapeless, yellow fisherman’s coat have gone. Macs and raincoats for today are waterproof and fun. Think chic colors, trendy forms, and cute designs. There’s now a raincoat to suit your style, whether you’re wearing gumboots or high heels. Choose longer, more fitted, styles for occasions that call for a dressed-up look and shorter lengths for casual day wear. Then, layer underneath your knitwear to keep it dry from the wet and cold weather.
Parka and Coat of Anorak
With anoraks with a drawstring belt, Parka and anorak coats tend to finish at the thighs and be loosely fitted. Both models tend to feature hoods and zip / press-stud closures, made of thick, often waterproof material. Traditionally, this casual look is seen in khaki and military green shades, adding a more masculine touch. For casual, urban looks, the style is perfect and goes great with black, skinny jeans, and boots. For colder weather, pick an anorak for warmer days and a parka with added down or shearling.