The Steele Maiden: Best of Winter Coats

Wait – where did Fall go? With last week’s unexpected snowstorm, winter feels like it is officially here. And that means you’re going to want to stock up on coats. Like, now. I almost always buy my winter coats for the season during Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales (50% off goes a long way on bigger ticket items!). So I thought I’d share my winter coat arsenal in case you want to plan to do the same.

The Steele Maiden: Best of Winter Coats

For purpose of ease – I’m going to focus on 3 different categories of winter coat: warm, warmer and warmest. I have quite a few “warm” coats in my closet. They’re usually the most fashion-forward pieces (in fun prints or textures like faux fur) and are great for when you’re just going from the car to a restaurant or on those nice 40-50ish degree days.

SHOP WARM WINTER COATS:

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Now let’s say it’s a 30 degree day. You want to be warm but you don’t want to be weighed down by a huge ankle length parka. That’s where ‘warmer’ coats come in handy. A short puffer coat or warmly lined peacoat are good options on those days.

SHOP WARMER WINTER COATS:

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For the real dead of winter – think 10 degrees, biting winds, heaps of snow – you’re going to want to keep 1-2 hero coats in your closet. My rule is typically one that you can wear to work/out to dinner and one that you can weather a blizzard in (aka fully waterproof). Best if they hit below the knee, that way with a pair of higher boots you’re exposing little to none of your legs (in that kind of weather no pants are ever warm enough) and great too if they have a hood.

Look for words like thinsulate (an inner construction that gives warmth without bulkiness), Italian wool (great quality – you want to avoid poly-blends here) and full lined (meaning the sleeves will be lined and extra warm too).

Last winter I made out great with one hooded, long puffer coat, a super thick suede and faux shearling number and a plaid wool cocoon coat.

SHOP WARMEST WINTER COATS:

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