It’s Time To Start Thinking About Coats

The days are getting shorter, mornings cooler, and the clocks are set to go back in less than a month. Sigh. Clearly, winter is coming (even if we can’t always tell with Mother Nature’s recent mood swings). And while we still have a few months until puffer coats and weather-proof boots are an absolute must, there’s no better time than now to update our wardrobes with some new outerwear. Yup, we’re going there.

Your coat of choice says a lot about how you’ll face the upcoming season. Perhaps you’ll brave it in animal print — be it zebra, python, or leopard — spotted on Fashion Month runways from Calvin Klein to Victoria Beckham. Or maybe you’ll confront the elements with chic practicality in a vinyl jacket. Or, perhaps you’ll keep things classic with a smart trench or heritage check.

Don’t waste your last few weeks of sunlight past 5 p.m. and days warm enough to only wear a sweater shopping endlessly for coats when you don’t have to. Instead, allow this collection of key coat trends to be the only one you’ll need to reference for the season.

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Heritage Check

Go for the more subtle herringbone end of the scale, or try something more colorful. Either way, it still feels like a classic.

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Plastic Fantastic

There’s nothing like a trend that keeps you dry. We love the selection of glossy vinyl coats and trenches available at the moment: They give an injection of cool when thrown over jeans and a hoodie. Go for a bright color if you’re feeling bold.

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Corduroy is one of the key trends working its way into suiting, shirts, and (luckily!) coats this season. We love how the latter manages to feel simultaneously vintage and fresh. It’s about to be everywhere, trust us!

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Trench Coats

The trench will never go out of fashion. It’s timeless, smart, and practical; a coat we should all have. And that’s reason enough to finally invest in a good one this time around.

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It sounds slightly intimidating, but the metallic trend really is wearable — and fun! Trust us.

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