There is perhaps no wardrobe staple more important than the winter coat, which not only sets the aesthetic tone for everything else you're going to wear all season long, but needs to be perfectly functional as well (see you soon, polar vortex). Whether you're the type that likes to shop straight from the runway, or are looking for something runway-inspired with a more accessible price point, we've got plenty of ideas about what to wear — more than 50 of them, in fact. Check them out below.
Whether it's a small band of bright lines or pinstriped fabric, a patterned coat can transform even the dullest winter outfit into something dynamic. Don't be afraid to pair your coat with other patterns in complimentary colors.
The classic winter fabric is as warm as it is versatile, though it's typically found in more structured styles with lapels and defined shoulders that add polish to winter ensembles. Go for a traditional gray hue, or take a cue from Prada's fall 2015 runway and opt for a soft turquoise.
Alongside the '70s trend, shearling has enjoyed a revival on the runway in recent seasons, and it's not going away anytime soon. Typically the furry fabric lines suede pieces — even if the shearling is faux, as four out of five of our options above are — and pairs best with more casual, weekend looks as seen on the runway at Coach. For a more formal look and modern take on the material, try a style with faux shearling on the outside, as made popular by street style favorite brand Shrimps.
A plaid coat is 10 times cozier than a plain one in the same fabric — there's no denying it. The popular winter check popped up on many fall runways, including Alexander Wang and Kate Spade. If you're looking to inject your cold-weather wardrobe with a versatile pattern, plaid is the way to go.
Fur coats are a decadent winter staple that need not be confined to formal occasion wear, and it seems like almost every designer has played with the fabric in recent seasons. Especially in neutral brown tones, the style can be worn day to night, faux or real, with any look.
If you're looking to add a classic coat to your arsenal, you can't do better than a camel coat. Take your cues from Michael Kors and Céline and choose an equally classic silhouette — single-breasted, double-breasted and wrap styles are all solid choices.
What better way to fight the winter blues than with an eye-catching bright coat? A favorite of the street style set, it's not only an instant mood-lifter, but an instant attention-getter, too.
All we want to do in the winter is cuddle up in a blanket, so why not wear the style out into the streets? The style certainly lends itself to off-duty days, but preppier styles like Burberry's popular check blanket could find a place in workwear or eveningwear over sharp separates and over-the-knee boots.
Channel Olivia Pope with a waist-defining wrap coat that keeps you snug and warm — and sleek — this winter.
If you're in the mood for a cuddly coat, but want something more substantial than a blanket coat, opt for a cocoon shape. Classic and collarless, the softly rounded style is a perfect canvas for a statement scarf.
Gold buttons, sharp lapels, structured shoulders and tailored waists are all elements of military outerwear that have made their way into civilian style — Marc Jacobs's spring 2015 collection was rife with examples. Whether its found in the form of a traditional pea coat or trendy cape, the aesthetic is dependably classic and never boring.