With fall quickly approaching (emphasis on QUICKLY, like, September is already here!!!) the time is near to break out all your coats. But if you’re in desperate need of new styles and want a primer on all the types, we’ve rounded ’em all up for you. Yes, sometimes they seem the same, but the length, cut, closures, and material can all make a big difference in how it actually looks on your body.
Another confusing thing is the distinction between coats and jackets—I mean, we all use them pretty interchangeably without much thought—but coats are typically longer and hit at your thighs or lower, whereas jackets usually end at your waist. But then again, there are cropped coats and long jackets, so what is the truth?!?! Anyway, below are generally the different kinds of coats and jackets you need to know about (if you don’t already do), so you’ll be prepared for cold weather ahead.
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Carlyle Plaid Jacket
Like the name suggests, these are a longer overcoat style and have a sleek, simple silhouette. This one with its single button, knee-length, and plaid print is undoubtedly chic.
Long Sleeve Lapel Outwear Duster Coat
Loose-fitting and breezy, a duster is usually left open so it swings with each step. If you’re more drawn to oversize silhouettes, this gorge burgundy one is calling your name.
Chloe Faux-Shearling Double-Breasted Pea Coat
Peacoats are usually double-breasted (meaning that they have two columns of buttons), and this one has a cozy wide collar and front pockets.
Want to feel like you have a blanket around you at all times? That’s where faux-fur coats come in, because, wow, are they warm. With these, you can get that super-soft fur feel but still feel good about wearing it out.
Puff Sleeve Robe Coat
You know, like your stay-at-home robe, but more fashionable! If it’s a longer silhouette with a belted waist, it’s most likely this style.
Double Breasted Cinch Trench Coat
These have overlapping front flaps with symmetrical columns of buttons on each side, so these styles wrap a little more snug around your body for a tighter fit.
Crystal-Embellished Cotton-Blend Coat
If there’s only one column of buttons, then it’s single-breasted. It makes this cream-colored coat look minimal and elegant along with the embellished collar.
Faux Fur Lined Hooded Parka Jacket
It’s wind-proof and has a hood to protect against any elements. This fall-appropriate olive-green style is not only pretty, but it also has functional pockets and secure closures.
Plaid Cocoon Wool Coat
If you live in a place with brutal winters, a wool coat definitely keeps any chilly air at bay thanks to its thick, heavy fabric. But just because it’s this material doesn’t mean it can’t be cute. Take this plaid one, for instance.
Thickened Down Jacket
Not all puffer coats are down, but all down coats are puffers. Get it? But what is the difference, you ask? Down styles are made specifically using duck or goose feathers for insulation (and extra fluffiness), like THE “Amazon coat,” here.
Ella Puffer Coat
And now, here’s your puffer. This style has a synthetic fill for insulation. Plus, it has a toasty warm shawl collar and knitted material at the sleeves.
Wool Cocoon Coat
Slightly oversize, this silhouette is super easy to wear over even the chunkiest knit. With this specific J.Crew coat, you can fold the collar down or keep it up for extra neck warmth.
suede or faux-suede
Outerwear Women’s Faux Suede Motorcycle Jacket
Lookin’ for some subtle texture? Get in on these materials. Just stay away from any water or snow to avoid damage!
Transparent Hooded Coat
Speaking of water and snow, you’ll want a raincoat to prevent you from getting damp and miserable. It’s also another great transitional style: wear it with sweaters in the winter and then with T-shirts when it warms up.
Cashmere Wrap Coat With Large Collar
$129.99 (24% off)
Ahh cashmere, arguably the fanciest of all fabrics. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s also amazingly warm while still feeling ultra lightweight.
Check Teddy Faux Fur Coat
This is similar to a faux-fur with its degree of fluffiness, but it’s closer to a coarser shearling material. While it was *the* coat of 2019, I’m betting it’ll definitely be back this winter.
Signature Hooded Wool Duffle Coat
Casting a net off the docks, but make it fashion, right? A toggle coat is closely associated with fishermen and has its history in the Navy. Although this wine-red one has buckles rather than toggles, they serve the same function—i.e., provide extra security all the way to the collar.
Black Ebomb Jacket
Speaking of military origins, the bomber jacket is a classic silhouette. Worn by pilots (and now by everyone else), they’re characterized by large sleeves and fitted elastic on the cuffs, waist, and collar.
Oversized Wool Blend Workwear Shirt
Wear it as a shirt, or wear it as a jacket! What a low-key brilliant idea. This wool one has loose sleeves, which are perfect for layering long sleeves and knits underneath.
Back Pasture Field Jacket
Just like the one your nana knits but more appropriate to wear in public. The quilted fabric feels like a dream, and it provides insulation since each little square usually includes padding.
Kinsman Jacket Blue Denim
You already know this one, duh, but it’s a staple that literally everyone needs in their closets. During colder months, invest in one that has thicker lining or a longer style, like this one here.
Open Front Poncho
Not the best in a blizzard, but they’re pretty great if you want to make a fashion statement in cooler temps. These are worn loosely over the shoulders and have holes that you put your arms through. If you’re into accessories, you can also add a belt over styles.
Zip Front Hooded
Yes, this looks vaguely like a parka, but hear me out: Anoraks are shorter and have drawstrings around the waist, like this one, so they can be cinched. It’s different, okay!
When you’re cruisin’ down some snow-covered slopes, you gotta have a jacket that protects against the icy wind—and any wipeouts you may have. While you can find other less-expensive versions, they can still cost ya, but it’s worth it for that sweet sweet insulation and aerodynamic silhouette.
These typically have a boxy shape, no shortage of pockets, and are typically made of denim or waxed canvas—i.e., durable fabrics for roughing it. If you’re hiking or camping outdoors, you def wanna add one of these to your cart.
Two-Tone Oversized Trench Parka
These are the ultimate transitional piece between winter and spring, and they feature buttons and a belted waist that you can adjust or tie. Usually they’re in shades of tan and khaki, but you can find ’em in other colors too.
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