Let’s Talk About Outerwear

Image via Madewell Addition Quilted Packable Puffer Jacket

We’re at that point of the year where the air feels a little crisper, the days are shorter, and we’ve got apple picking, pumpkin carving, and all things fall on the brain. For many of us, a coat or heavy jacket will soon be a necessary part of our wardrobe. Here are some tips for shopping for jackets and coats, plus some of our favorite outerwear pieces!

Tips for Buying a Winter Jacket or Coat

  1. Any type of outerwear can make you feel bulkier than you are. You can keep a more slimming appearance by selecting one with vertical seams!
  2. The longer the coat, the warmer you stay.
  3. Check out the construction to confirm the coat is adequately made – meaning there aren’t any strings hanging down or questionable seams. This step can ensure the garment will last more than a couple seasons.
  4. Two terms you shouldn’t forget when shopping for outerwear: windproof and water-resistant. Shop according to your climate, of course, but if you live somewhere that gets a lot of rain, water-resistant outerwear is going to save you a lot of soggy mornings. Similarly, look for windproof fabrics if you live somewhere where it gets windy.
  5. Don’t forget corresponding accessories such as gloves, hats, and scarves.

Our Outerwear Picks

Madewell Addition Quilted Packable Puffer Jacket ($138, shop here)

Leave it to Madewell to give us a timeless-looking puffer coat. The color gives us Wes Anderson vibes, and we love that it is made of recycled fabric, filled with PrimaLoft insulation, and features a hood and an adjustable drawstring hem. This is a great transitional coat since it is thin enough to add extra layers underneath but warm enough to wear on its own.

Bubish Charlotte Faux Fur Coat from Anthropologie ($299, shop here)

Why shouldn’t you add a touch of drama to your coat? This single-breasted faux fur coat is an excellent choice for winter (remember what we said about long coats?). There is also something chic about the allover color; it would look especially great with monochrome outfits.

BDG Kiko Colorblocked Windbreaker Jacket ($129, shop here)

Depending on where you live, there’s a good chance a windbreaker won’t get you all the way through the winter, but this one from Urban Outfitters makes for a great fall jacket. But if it’s been over a decade since you’ve donned a windbreaker, it won’t take you long to remember how warm they can be.


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