Coming off a white Christmas and single digit temperatures in the Midwest, let’s talk about the best winter coats for women. Don’t worry, even if you didn’t find yourself battling the snow the last few days, there’s something for you in this post!
When it comes to outerwear, it can be a challenge to balance warmth with figure flattering cuts. They’re a critical piece of any girl’s closet which is why they made my list of 5 must haves to survive winter. Before moving to the Midwest, I swore I’d never own a puffer coat. I lasted 1 month of winter. This year, I waited at least a week after seeing other people in puffers to break mine out. I wanted to see how tough I was. However, hope isn’t lost. They do make cute puffers and a lot of coats that flatter (as well as you can) to keep you cozy.
So how do you pick a good one? I have my brands that I know do coats really well. Dawn Levy was my very first winter coat two years ago for my trip to Banff (see below). They make amazing coats including this grey one I used while we were in New York. There is a knit sweater vest inside which I loved for extra warm and also for a little more texture. Their coats are definitely more of an investment but they will last you years. One of my favorite ways to save is to snag coats on sale. You still get the same great quality but with more savings.
On the lower cost end, Nordstrom just started their half yearly sale and a bunch of my favorite (coat) brands like Michael Kors, Vince Camuto, and Barbour are on sale. These brands continually make amazing pieces that last multiple seasons and are stylish without making you look like the Michelin man. These are mostly for moderate cold – like a ski weekend although this Vince Camuto parka could hold its own in a snowstorm. I also love this Barbour quilted coat as an affordable alternative to a Burberry jacket.
There are also the Cadillac brands – so to speak. Canada Goose and Moncler rule the outerwear world and the aforementioned Burberry is up there too. If you’re in Canada or the Midwest, you’ll notice almost everyone wears one of these brands. When it comes to survival, people understand that a larger investment may be necessary. And when there’s a lifetime warranty, it actually starts to make sense to invest in the best. It’s why I swear by designer shoes (in some instances) instead of re-buying the same black heels every year. I definitely love to mix high and low price point items. If done right, it makes everything – even that $20 item you picked up at TJ Maxx – look like it was $200+.
So how do you know what the best winter coat for you is? Which one will flatter you? I’ve rounded up a bunch of my favorite cuts and coats that I’ve tried on or own. When it comes to layering, these coats are my top picks for keeping you warm while looking sleek. I even included items for warmer weather including this under $40 coat (which is great for us colder climates in spring and fall plus it comes in 4 colors)!
If you’re looking for a good winter coat, take advantage of these deals! We are only a week into winter so there’s a long road ahead!! A few tips, look for things that are longer and at least cover your butt. It helps you stay way warmer! Belted coats often tend to give you more shape so belt (with caution, sometimes they look a little tacky). Avoid the ultra shiny/sheen fabrics as they look a little less chic! I also like to get a color other than black. Not only to stand out stylistically but it makes finding your coat in a coat check or a crowd way easier.
Do you have a favorite jacket? What are some of the best winter coats for women that you swear by?