THE COOLEST COATS TO KEEP WARM

There's a lot to look forward to when fall and winter come around. The holidays are on their way, temperatures are falling, and of course, the opportunity to play up our personal style with layers. Cold weather dressing can be a bit intimidating with so many layers to work with, so let's make it one step easier with some fabulous (affordable) coats.

THE MILITARY JACKET

 Photo via WhoWhatWear

Photo via WhoWhatWear

Military-style jackets have been trending for a while, but with the growth of the trend comes a growth in variations. There's always the classic cropped military jacket, but why not venture out into a long, drape-y style? The coats below are the definition of fashionable, but have subtle details that help to distinguish your style from anyone else's.

THE PUFFER JACKET

 Photo via They All Hate Us

Photo via They All Hate Us

Puffers are just about the cutest thing to happen to winter. For awhile, many people associated them strictly with outdoorsmen, but they've proven their versatility by an emergence in the street style scene. Not only are they ridiculously chic with some flared trousers, but they offer top-notch warmth, so you can feel good about doing something practical for your wardrobe. 

THE LEATHER JACKET

 Photo via Harper's Bazaar

Photo via Harper's Bazaar

Leather jackets are universally accepted as the go-to piece of fall fashion, since they radiate cool. Classics are great, but who says you can't add a little flair to your basics? You'll never go wrong seeking out a black leather jacket, but maybe this season is the season to experiment with color, texture, and shape.

THE DUSTER COAT

 Photo via Bloglovin'

Photo via Bloglovin'

Duster coats are the ultimate statement piece in a cool weather closet. Their length adds drama to any look, and the sleek silhouette adds instant polish. Being that the shape is so basic, seek out unique details (texture, embellishments, etc.) that make your coat uniquely you.

THE FUR COAT

 Photo via Style Du Monde

Photo via Style Du Monde

A fur coat is a good benchmark for the makings of a luxurious and elegant wardrobe. With the variation in patterns and colors, fur coats have lost a lot of their stuffiness, and have become a playful winter accessory in the closets of industry insiders. Whether you prefer real fur or faux fur is up to you, but both add a unique element of texture and interest to a plain t-shirt and jeans.