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7 Reasons to Wear a Duster Coat This Fall

A little length adds a lot of elegance.

There's a dorky, pragmatic part of me that always feels happy (and relieved) when a functional, practical style ends up on-trend for the season -- especially when it comes to coats. Because it's COLD out there and I'm not one of those people who are brave enough (or foolhardy, depending on your viewpoint) to suffer through bone-chilling weather clad in flimsy, seasonally inappropriate layers. So the coat trends this fall are particularly pleasing, first with snuggly, woolly robes and then cuddly blanket wraps (hey, I'm still holding out for snuggies to actually happen, fashion-wise).

So yay for the long and loose duster coat, which provides more than enough warm and toasty coverage by reaching to at least mid-calf length -- if not floor grazing-levels -- but somehow manages to be subversively badass at the same time. From Preen's cozy army green version to Forever 21's expensive-looking wool-blend update on the classic double-breasted camel coat (modeled by Anja Rubik, snap), there are lots to choose from -- and at all budgets. So maybe I can attempt to NOT wear tights in the middle of winter with one of these bad boys on... nah, so not practical.

Click through for seven wonderfully chic ways to cover up this fall:

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