Cool Coats for Cold Days
By Gretta Monahan
About this time every year, I realize my lighter fall jackets aren’t going to be enough for much longer. Chillier weather means it’s time to think about bundling up — and picking a coat that will keep you warm, look stylish and won’t break the bank.
Here are a few of my picks for some of the best winter coats out there right now, for different body types and style sensibilities, for less than $250.
Petite: The last thing smaller frames need is to be overwhelmed by bulky outerwear. Reach for streamlined, sleek designs like the Sun Valley Down Parka ($188 at eddiebauer.com) and you’ll avoid such problems. On shorter women, its hem hits just at the upper thigh to elongate the leg, and has adjustable cuffs, so sleeve length can be customized to shorter arms. It’s also made of 650 premium fill, which means total warmth without weightiness or too much puff.
Sporty: No-fuss, take-on-any-kind-of-weather jackets can be a godsend on wintry days when you want effective insulation and versatility. Designs like UnderArmour’s Coldgear Reactor ($199 at underarmour.com) keep things short (literally) and sweet, with minimalist styling and a cool and futuristic, almost space-suit-like appeal. It’s extraordinarily lightweight (thanks to intelligent insulation that adapts to any activity), is extremely water-resistant and windproof, and has a great stand collar with a chin guard, so scarves are automatically optional.
Curvy: There’s no need to stay with basic, boring designs just to keep curvier silhouettes looking put-together. Chic numbers like the military-esque Funnel Neck Coat ($118 at torrid.com) have a perfect blend of industrial attitude and classic details (note the gold tone buttons and high neck, all in a cozy polyester and wool blend, with a waist tie that accentuates hourglass shapes).
Glam: Sometimes you’ve just gotta pull out all the stops, right? For dressy evenings out, go for unapologetically fun overcoats in girly colors and materials. The Kimchi Blue Stella Shaggy Faux Fur Coat ($159 at urbanoutfitters.com) is a perfect example. In shaggy vegan, light pink “fur,” it’s got an elongated hem and swingy cut that make it fantastic for throwing over slinky party dresses.
Tall: So many classic and flattering women’s coat styles can be so short on taller women, they’re simply off-limits. The peacoat — such a cute and statement-making design — is often one of them. But designed right, as with the Women’s Tall Peacoat ($199 at landsend.com), it hits right where it should — at mid-hip, and provides the ideal blend of feminine shape and tomboyish flair. Bonus: This one comes in more than the usual camel, navy, and black colors — think deep burgundy and eye-catching teal.